Hervey Bay Independent : 4th December 2014
Virtual volunteers Think of volunteering and you picture people delivering Meals on Wheels or helping out in a charity op shop. But in today’s busy world, you’ll also see volunteers in their pyjamas. More and more people are starting to volunteer their time online or on the phone. It’s called “virtual volunteering” and you can participate any time, day or night. It’s been popular for some time in other parts of the world, and is now starting to take off in Australia. With this week’s International Volunteer Day (December 5), the charity DoSomething are calling on busy Australians to think about becoming a virtual volunteer. “Hundreds of thousands of Australians have checked out the normal volunteering opportunities at our DoSomethingNearYou website, but increasingly people are asking us for volunteering opportunities that they can do online or over the phone,” DoSomething Founder Jon Dee said. “Younger Australians in particular are keen to use their internet and computer skills to give back and volunteer in new ways,” he said. “All that is required is a working internet connection and a computer, which are available from local libraries.” With virtual volunteering, you don’t have to be fi t or outgoing, or be able to drive a car. People with disabilities or mobility restrictions can also get involved. All it takes is some spare time, whenever you happen to be available and that can be a little time or lots. Whatever you can give. The DoSomethingNearYou. com.au website shows people where they can volunteer in all 16,000 suburbs around Australia. The site operates thanks to funding and support from ALDI Australia. How to help out in your pyjamas People can fi nd virtual volunteering opportunities at DoSomethingNearYou.com.au, such as: • Five minutes to spare with a phone? Help the Red Cross by becoming a Telecross volunteer. Make daily phone calls to older Australians to check on their wellbeing. This helps them to live independently and remain connected to the community. • Are you an animal lover? Help scientists who study penguins in the coldest parts of the world by annotating their images of wildlife in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. All from the comfort of your own home. • Are you a natural history buff? You can assist the Australian Museum by transcribing specimen labels, fi eld notes and diaries. This helps to unlock the hidden knowledge in their vast collections. And it can all be done via computer. There is something listed for everyone at DoSomethingNearYou.com.au. Urangan State High School Resumes are requested for casual vacancies and short term contracts for the following positions: - Teacher Aides – mainstream and special education - Administration Officers - Cleaners - Schools Officers - Scientific Operational Officers - Computer Technicians Please post a hard copy of your resume to: The Business Services Manager, PO Box 5100 TORQUAY Q 4655 Pursuit of excellence… every minute, every day Phone 4197 0111 Email Web email@example.com uranganshs.eq.edu.au Address 120 Robert Street, Urangan 7 Pulgul Street, Urangan | firstname.lastname@example.org PHONE 4125 3717 Find us on C Hervey Bay Independent, December 4, 2014 / 39 Awapuhi Sh pu NOTHING OVER $20 Customtomise your own yo hampoo pa n haiia r pr ack include b blow dry p oduc pack ct p ck d s FREE treatment and r a me AMAZING CHRISTMAS PACKAGES to spoil your loved one this year at The Natural Touch Body and Skin Centre CHRISTMAS INDULGENCE PACKAGE RADIATE THIS CHRISTMAS PACKAGE SENSATIONAL CHRISTMAS PACKAGE w y $225 worth of treatments FOR ONLY $160 $210 worth of treatments FOR ONLY $139 $149 worth of treatments FOR ONLY $99 We only use certified, food grade, organic and natural products… because it isn’t only about how you look and feel….we care for you and your health. CALL US NOW - Ph 4124 3001 The Natural Touch Body and Skin Centre, 4/25 Queens Rd, Scarness Buy a Gift Voucher to any value and we willl give you a 50% OFF an s rv uch ny se vice vouch an we Limited number available so be quick her FREE to give to a friend. k or you will miss out! GET YOUR FULL DIGITAL EDITION Download the App today!
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