Volunteering at Vinnies

As a volunteer-run organisation, the work of the St Vincent de Paul Society is largely carried out by members of the community who generously give their time and skills to help others. We pride ourselves on a vibrant and skilful culture, with a passion for volunteering.


Volunteering with Vinnies is an enriching, rewarding and purposeful experience. The diverse and invaluable contributions of our volunteers builds supportive, connected and inclusive communities and makes a meaningful difference in the lives of those we support. 


Thank you for helping us change lives, including yours!


There are opportunities available both during and after business hours. Many volunteering positions are ongoing, but short-term opportunities are also available. Learn more about our programs below:

  • Summer Volunteering

    We have Vinnies shops across the ACT and NSW that are looking for retail assistants and donation sorters to help us get through all the donations received over the Christmas period. Benefits of volunteering Work experience and referees for your resume...

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  • The Clemente Canberra Program

    What is Clemente? The Clemente Program is an undergraduate education program offered by the St Vincent de Paul Society in partnership with the Australian Catholic University. It aims to break the cycle of poverty, inequality and social injustice for...

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  • Migrant and Refugee Children

    This is a NEW program that aims to foster a sense of identity and belonging, and empower migrant and refugee children to achieve their full potential. Children from migrant and refugee backgrounds often face numerous challenges and complex transitions...

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  • Compeer Friendship Program

    Are you over the age of 18? Are you friendly, accepting and looking for an enjoyable volunteer opportunity? Are you looking for a flexible volunteering opportunity that fits into your current lifestyle? Can you spare 4 hours a month for 12 months? As a...

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  • Night Patrol Program

    Night Patrol The Night Patrol provides a mobile outreach service for people experiencing homelessness almost every day of the year. Night Patrol Van has been operating in Canberra region since 2001 and provides essential material items, light refreshments...

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  • Work Experience/Student Placement Options

    Work Experience/Student Placement The Society offers various placements within its services for secondary and tertiary students. Students must be over 14 years of age and a minimum commitment of 12 hours is required. Types of roles include: Retail...

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  • Youth Programs in ACT

    What are the St Vincent de Paul Youth Programs? Vinnies Youth consists of two respite and recreation programs for children and young people. The camps and weekend activities are staffed, facilitated and organised by volunteers (called...

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