South Africa is always in need of volunteers to assist the Independent Electoral Commission during our local government and national elections that are held. A few extra sets of helpful hands can go a long way in making a very difficult job all that much easier.
There are many ways to offer your time or volunteer and use your skills to help those in need. There is an abundance of causes and projects to choose from, finding one that you would like to give your time or donations to can be a bit overwhelming. I have made up a list that give a broad look at what types of volunteer work is available and what would be involved in each recommendation. There are options to help the young or old, animals, services you can volunteer South Africa to improve the environment and various other ways you can get involved within your community.
Iris house offers community based and hospice care to special needs children with life threatening illnesses or conditions. To help these children and families they rely on volunteer workers to aid in various aspects of the organization. Joining as a volunteer to Iris House offers you a way to give your time in a positive way and to develop friendships along the way.
Some of the areas you can get involved in are:
• Somebody to help with driving
• Volunteer for their reception area
• Help with fundraising and events
• Aid with gardening
• Arts and crafts programme
• Help with the online Hospice shop
These are only a few areas in which you can volunteer. Since this is a sensitive area to work in all volunteers are asked to send in a SAPS clearance with their application form. Obviously with any charity a donation is always welcome.
Contact: 021 910 1578
Friends of the Children’s Hospital Foundation
This is a voluntary support group that offers their services to the Red Cross Children’s hospital. Working with children you will have to undergo a screening and attend an orientation session before you can commence. You can then provide aid in their various programmes on offer such as reading and playing with the patients in the hospital. You can also help by donating goods which are then sold to raise money or you can provide families with food parcels and clothing.
Contact: 021 658 5243
Volunteering for Help2Read, here you can help disadvantaged primary school children who are struggling to read. When you volunteer for the Reading Helper programme, they offer free training which will help you to offer the needed support to the struggling child. After the training you will placed in a primary school that is affiliated with Help2Read organization. The Help2Read volunteer programme provides continuing support and encouragement for your reading sessions.
Contact: 021 930 3669
Greenprop offers volunteer opportunities to help save the environment by planting trees, food or vegetable garden planting and eco-education. This is a great way for school and corporates to get involved by planning a plant day and donating an indigenous tree. As an individual you can become involved by helping to plant trees at events or raise awareness and funds for the initiative. You can also join as an Intern where you can take part in the planting projects at their nursery and educational base. The internship is a dedicated full time 2 month period where you will be required to attend events and help raise funds amongst other duties.
Contact: 021 461 9265
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to animals (SPCA)
The SPCA is a favorite for many who wish to volunteer in South Africa. If you would like to make a difference in the life of a rescued and homeless furry friend then you might want to consider joining the SPCA as a volunteer. There are many ways in which you can offer assistance, by walking or exercising the dogs, grooming cats and cleaning cages. Have no time then you can offer food or gift donations towards the organization. If you do participate, you will have to attend a volunteer orientation so you get to know the ins and outs of what you will be doing for the organization before signing up.
Contact: Cape Of Good Hope SPCA: 021 700 4140
Two Oceans Aquarium
Become an ocean ambassador at the Two Oceans aquarium, here you will complete a training course, which allows you to work on the floor helping to educate the visitors to the aquarium. After you complete some hours here you can also decide to help behind the scenes by penguin volunteering or offering aid with certain educational programmes.
Are you a scuba diver, you can also volunteer your time and help to clean the exhibits and feed the animals. In this case though, you do need a commercial code 4 license
Clean C creates opportunities; through entrepreneurship, creating sustainable employment and educating as well as inspiring people. One of their initiatives is doing community beach clean ups and is run on the first Saturday of every month for 90 minutes. Some of the beaches include, Blouberg, Melkbosstrand, Muizenberg, Gordan’s Bay, Big Bay and Sea Point to name a few. If you would like to give a hand with the beach clean ups or any one of their other programmes give them a call.
There are numerous places and organizations to choose from and these are just a few, you can also decide to donate blood, volunteer at the botanical gardens or volunteer at your local sports event. If you look you will find something that you enjoy doing and at the same you will be helping someone in need and improving your community.