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Meet our Volunteers

Read stories from our volunteers and find out how volunteering changed their lives and the lives of vulnerable people.

Anne Macarthur receives Australia Day honour

Fourteen Red Cross people received Australia Day honours this year - that might be a record.

International Volunteer Day 2020

Together we can – through volunteering

A virtual hug and a friendly voice

Susan is an expert in comfort and virtual hugs. She and hundreds of other volunteers phone people who are struggling to let them know there’s a community, right here, they can lean on.

International Women’s Day 2020

This International Women’s Day we pay tribute to incredible women the world over for powering change, for helping others, for leading the way.

Six days in Mallacoota

Pamela became a Red Cross volunteer last December. Her first emergency experience was in the communities impacted by the unprecedented bushfires that have burned across the country. This is her story.

Leaving Mallacoota

Cut off from the world by fires, the only way out was by ship. Red Cross was there at every step.

Red Cross volunteers in the heart of bushfire country

As bushfires rage through the hills of Kempsey, Red Cross volunteers create a warm and welcoming place for people whose lives have been disrupted.

Life’s pretty boring if you can’t give back a little bit

We couldn’t agree more with these wise words from valued volunteer Trish!

Volunteers give heart and time

People are carrying out acts of kindness every day and we want to encourage more of it!

Giving way to giving back

How one man’s mission to finally get a driver licence turned into a passion to support others.

Helping bushfire evacuees find normalcy in chaos

When a grandmother and her twin granddaughters arrived at the Miriam Vale evacuation centre seeking refuge from bushfires, volunteer Joy sprang into action to help them get to their formal.

Beat Loneliness podcast

Almost half of all Australians experience loneliness – a little or a lot. So why can’t we try to beat it together?

Bushfires and other disasters - lessons from the frontline

From people who have survived fires and floods to the volunteers who help them to cope and put their lives back together, those who've been there share what they learned.

21 famous people you probably didn't know supported Red Cross

From a princess to a stuntman to a rapper – meet 21 stars from Australia and around the world who’ve helped Red Cross do what it does.

Here’s to our volunteers! National Volunteer Week

This week we’re celebrating all the people who take action to make Australia a better place.

On duty at police interviews

Rhonda is on call around the clock as a volunteer with one of our youth justice programs. She explains what inspires her to help young people going through tough times.

Mary a Red Cross volunteer in Adelaide

No barriers to helping

Mary Edwards is known around the Red Cross office in Adelaide for her beaming smile. She volunteers there every Friday to help staff with administration work, a role she says makes her feel useful.

Saeed a Red Cross volunteer

Sharing expertise in the community

Using his expertise as a horticulturalist, Saeed spends his Saturday mornings volunteering at the Red Cross community garden in inner-Adelaide.

Carla a Red Cross Volunteer

Finding MATES in a new country

When Carla Roncati-Rodriguez moved far away from her home country, Brazil, to live with her husband and three kids in Australia, she experienced a completely different culture.

A friendly voice on the line

Telecross volunteers around the country make more than 7000 phone calls every day, even on Christmas Day. That’s thousands of connections that are a positive start to a person’s day.

Recipe for success in jail

What’s it like going into prison? What are the inmates like? Find out about life on the inside in this candid chat with volunteers Brian and Jess.

Knitting for good – one bear at a time

Need a hug? Meet some of the crafty knitters who lovingly hand make Trauma Teddies and put smiles on the faces of kids and adults alike.

Vintage delights on Rundle

Enter into the world of the Rundle Street store; where the people are just as surprising as the items you’ll find.

Volunteers in a Red Cross shop

Thinking global, acting local

Thomas, 21, began volunteering at the Red Cross shop 18 months ago. He was inspired by his best friend who was already volunteering there.

The magic of volunteering

One day, Robert woke up and realised he had no one else in his life. So he decided to volunteer, and built himself a community.

Mentoring migrants to reach their full potential

What's your secret weapon for getting a job? A strong resume? Great interview skills? For some people a volunteer mentor is the trick.

James a Red Cross volunteer in Cairns

His health restored, James is giving back

When James turned 40 his doctor told him his health was in a bad way and his future didn't look good. Today, James is not only healthy and strong he's giving back to the place that changed his life.

Driven to help others

We talk to two volunteers at different stages of their careers to see how volunteering helps them.

Colin Anker with Reg, a World War Two veteran and centenarian.

Connecting through volunteering

For volunteer Colin Anker, it’s an honour to spend time with Reg, a World War Two veteran and centenarian.

Fashion, Fundraising and Community

The Red Cross members and volunteers build community and raise thousands at the huge Bindaring Clothing Sale

A yarn can make all the difference

Volunteering is a way for Sam to forge a career in mental and Indigenous health, but he has gained so much more from it than a boost to his resume.

A life of silver linings

Born with a disability and teased at school, Rachel has overcome challenges to live her best life. Rachel tells how volunteering has played a part in her happiness.

Toni, one of our Red Cross volunteers

A life full of giving

Toni makes weekly visits to several residents of aged care homes, calls isolated people living alone and she's made more than 460 donations to the Red Cross Blood Service.