Across Calvary, over 1400 volunteers generously devote their time to care for others and help bring the values of hospitality, healing, respect and stewardship to life.
Their contributions to the Calvary Volunteer Program are making a difference every day to our clients, residents and patients and viceversa. For volunteer Rhonda Halverson for example, the reward is all about “seeing the smiles on the residents faces”.
Calvary’s volunteer program also provides opportunities for individuals to learn new skills and make new friends. According to Calvary Cessnock Volunteer Coordinator Therese Fitzgibbon, “volunteering is a great way to kick start your career".
"It provides experience that you can use to gain employment. It also shows prospective employers that you are a reliable and committed individual.”
This was true for volunteer Doug Thoma who is now working as a care service employee at Calvary Cessnock after cooking barbecues, driving the bus and running the Mens Shed.
Therese emphasises that volunteers are integral to Calvary’s mission. “Volunteers are part of our team, everybody’s role is important and no one’s role can function without others."
If you are interested in volunteering at Calvary, you can download an application form at www.calvarycare.org.au