Communities@Work


Welcome!

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Communities@Work!

Communities@Work's Social Programs serve the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in Canberra and the surrounding region, including low income families and individuals, those experiencing homelessness, people escaping domestic violence and at-risk young people. 

By providing food, clothing and essential services, Communities@Work empowers people to create better futures and helps foster independence, resilience and social connection.

By volunteering with Communities@Work, you will have the opportunity to share your skills and experience for the benefit of many people in need. You will also:

  • Meet new people and make new friends

  • Feel part of your community

  • Expand your skills

  • Gain a sense of achievement


Applying is as easy as 1, 2, 3:

       1. Click on the 'apply here' button on the top right hand side of this screen, then complete and submit your Volunteer Application form. If you would like a copy of the form posted to you or would like some assistance filling out the Volunteer Application (both with online and paper versions) please contact caw.volunteers@commsatwork.org or call 6293 6500.

       2. Lodge the Working with Vulnerable People application for registration at Access Canberra if you do not currently hold a WWVP card. If you do, bring the card with you when we meet.

       3. Attend a meeting to discuss volunteering options. The Communities@Work team will be in touch with you to set this up.


We take great care to match our volunteers with the tasks available, within the services we provide. You can see the volunteer opportunities we have below.

Successful applicants (who have their WWVP card) will then be invited to attend a Communities@Work induction session on specific program based activities.

Please note that we do not consider student placements, work experience, Work for the Dole or Return to Work type activities as volunteering. For these opportunities, please get in touch with our Human Resources team on hr@commsatwork.org

If you have any questions let us know by contacting: caw.volunteers@commsatwork.org or 6293 6500.

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Our Volunteer Opportunities

Community Pantry

Our Community Pantries (located at Tuggeranong and Gungahlin) provide food and crisis support to individuals and families experiencing hardship in the Canberra region. 

With a pantry full of healthy food and essential items (available for free or for a nominal charge), our clients can 'shop' in a safe, secure and dignified setting. 

Volunteer shifts in the Community Pantry are during business hours, Monday to Friday.  Our Gungahlin Pantry is not currently recruiting volunteers.

Download a copy of the position description

Our Community Pantry (Tuggeranong) also operates a Cooking Program, where healthy nutritious meals are cooked to stock our pantry. Read more about the Cooking Program position

Best Dressed Store

Communities@Work's Best Dressed Store is located at the South.Point shopping centre. The store stocks excess pre-loved, donated clothing and all funds raised through the store support our Social Programs. 

Volunteer shifts in our Best Dressed Store are Monday-Saturday.

Download a copy of the position description.

Clothing Program

For many disadvantaged men and women it can be a real struggle to meet the cost of suitable clothing for a job interview, commencing new employment or another event. 

The Communities@Work Clothing Program provides those in need with free clothing, shoes and accessories for job interviews, work experience or other special events. 

Volunteer shifts in our Clothing Program are during business hours, Monday to Friday. Our Clothing Program is not currently recruiting volunteers.

Download a copy of the position description.

Donation Driver

Communities-at-Work undertake a wide range of fundraising activities to help support the delivery of our Social Programs, including regular food and clothing drives.  

This volunteer role assists and supports Communities-at-Work collections of food/clothing donations and returning them to Tuggeranong Community Centre for counting, recording and sorting.

Volunteer shifts are during business hours, Monday to Friday.

Organisational Support

Assist Communities@Work 'behind the scenes' within our organisational support teams.

Roles include:

  • Internal mail run
  • Seasonal Christmas helpers (including collecting and sorting Christmas donations)

Volunteer shifts are during business hours, Monday to Friday.

Some of the available positions (and their position descriptions) are:

Disability Program Assistant

Communities@Work runs various activity based programs in both south and north Canberra for clients with a mild to moderate disability. The group's members are warm and welcoming individuals, and all members are self-sufficient. Those who do require extra assistance are accompanied by their carers. 

Seniors Activity Assistant

Our centres for seniors (located at Gungahlin and Holder) are welcoming places for members to meet and make friends, participate in activities and have fun. 

The members, with the support of Communities@Work staff and volunteers, organise social outings, guest speakers, projects and discussion groups. 

Please note: our seniors programs are not currently accepting volunteers.

Green Team (Community Gardening)

Communities@Work Green Team is part of our Community Development Program and aims to assist older Canberrans living in Housing ACT Aged Persons Units.  

The team will work closely with residents to implement garden projects designed to enhance their community. Where applicable the team will assist with individual garden tasks if no other supports are currently in place.  

The Green Team will work on various sites on a fortnightly basis (depending on need and weather). 

Children's Services

Communities@Work provides a safe, stimulating environment for the nurture and education of young people through the provision of high quality child care via our education centres, family day care and in-home care services, and our out-of-school hours care. 

There are opportunities for volunteers within our Family Day Care (FDC) playgroups. 

Corporate Volunteering

Communities@Work welcomes enquiries from businesses about how we can partner with you. 

Purpose, Mission & Values

OUR PURPOSE

Communities@Work is responsive to the needs of the community, delivering high quality services that support positive educational outcomes, assists in alleviating hardship, enhances the quality of life and leads to positive social change.

OUR MISSION

To enrich the lives of people in our community in life changing ways.

OUR VALUES

  • Integrity

    We uphold the highest standards of integrity in all our actions.

  • Respect for All

    We respect everyone, and value difference and diversity.

  • Progressive

    We are adaptive and agile in pursuing the mission of Communities@Work, with a proactive approach to change and progress.

  • Quality and Innovation

    We are committed to excellent service delivery, underpinned by continuous quality improvement.

  • Sustainability

    We ensure our services are relevant and appropriate as we build our capacity for a sustainable future.