Become a volunteer at Starting over Support and make a difference to the lives of many people in Perth.
Feeling good by doing good
SOS is not possible without our volunteers. They work tirelessly to collect, sort, clean and deliver items to those in need. Demand for our service is rapidly growing and we are always looking for more volunteers to lighten the load and share the rewarding feeling of doing something good within our community.
SOS appreciates everyone has many demands on their time. Volunteering can be flexible to suit everyone’s lives. You may like to volunteer weekly, monthly, quarterly or occasionally, depending on your own time commitments.
We need a range of volunteers including:
- Administration/customer service
- Events coordinator
- Fundraising/business improvement
- Project coordinator
- Delivery (truck driver/assistants)
- Sorting/organising (warehouse hands)
- Sellers at garage sales & car park markets
It is a wonderful opportunity not only to make new friends and build some serious muscles but also add some serious weight to your resume.
You may not have money to give but giving of your skills and your time can be worth so much more.
You may have specialised skills that can help us manage the rapid growth of SOS for a sustainable future.
Your workplace may be looking to undertake some team bonding exercises, so consider volunteering at SOS.
If you are part of a business association, sporting club and/or community service organisation, why not make come and help us out monthly or annually.
Host an event/fundraiser
There are many other ways of helping raise awareness and funds for SOS that can be fun and rewarding. Get together and have fun coming up with ways to raise funds for a good course.
The following are some ideas for students, colleagues or family members:
1. Get Active
Choose something challenging, maybe walking 5 km, or swimming lengths of the pool; and get sponsored to do it.
2. Free Dress Day
Ask your teacher or workplace if you can have a free dress day where everyone pays a gold coin donation to wear his or her own clothes. If you want to give it a twist, wear green or dress as animals.
3. Grow your own
Buy a packet of seeds, plant them and let them grow. Sell the plants and donate the profit. Get the whole class to join in, find some friends to join or do it on your own.
4. Get cultural
Get together with friends and hold a recital for your school, family and neighbours. You could sing songs, play an instrument, recite poems or tell jokes. Charge an entrance fee and donate the proceeds to SOS.
5. Get eating for a good course
Organise an afternoon tea party at your house or school. Ask your neighbours and/or class to bring cakes, biscuits and drinks, and charge people a small entrance or just ask for donations. This is especially good around Mother’s Day.
6. Go without
Give up something you would really miss, like sweets, phone, TV or iPad and get people to sponsor you for each day that you manage to go without.
7. Be helpful
How many of your neighbours have dogs? Ask them if they would be willing to provide a donation in exchange for your walking their dog for two weeks. No dogs? Try offering to water their garden when they go on holiday.
8. Stop talking
Hold a sponsored silence. Ask your parents and neighbours to sponsor you to keep quiet! You could ask them to sponsor you for the whole day or per hour.
9. Get cleaning
Get together with your friends to clean the cars in your neighbourhood for a fee. Or clean the cars in the school car park during lunch hour.
10. Get baking
Ask your teacher if you can have a cake stall at school during a break. Then get together with your friends and parents to bake lots of cakes and biscuits.
11. Get selling
Ask your teacher if you could hold a bring-and-buy sale for your class, or even the whole school! Bring in your old toys and books to sell, and donate the profits to SOS.
12. Get spelling
Organise a sponsored spelling bee for your class.
13. Doing Chores
Ask your parents if they would donate to SOS on your behalf, in exchange for you doing the chores around the house.
14. Come dancing
Ask your teacher if they can help you organise a school disco, and donate the profit to SOS.
15. Be creative
For those talented artists out there; design a Christmas and/or birthday cards or other craft that is easy to make lots of, and sell them to your family and friends.
16. Get fashionable
Ask your parents/friends to donate their old clothes and hold a ‘recycled’ fashion show for your school or neighbourhood. You can charge for admission and refreshments and all the clothes will be for sale, of course.
Ask your parents/classmate to donate things that can go into a raffle and/or ask local businesses that might like to donate into a raffle and sell the tickets. Money raised can be donated to SOS.
18. Christmas Reverse Advent Calendar
Get the students/colleagues to bring in a new household item to fill a laundry basket to be donated to SOS