Volunteer at V4U Day

V4U Day is Victoria University's largest one-day volunteer event. It's an opportunity for us to give back to Melbourne's community.

The award-winning volunteer event has received:

  • a citation for Excellence in Service by the Vice Chancellor Awards in 2015
  • Best Event award in 2012 by the Australian Association of Campus Activities.

The aim of V4U is to strengthen our relationship with our local community through giving back, as a sign of our appreciation for their support.

V4U Day will be held on Friday 12 October 2018 - add it to your calendar! Students, staff and alumni of Victoria University are encouraged to volunteer.

Benefits of being a V4U volunteer

As a V4U volunteer you can:

  • connect with students from different campuses and backgrounds
  • earn volunteer hours towards your Lead2Change Program
  • enjoy a sense of achievement by giving back to the community
  • make yourself more marketable for future job prospects.

All volunteers will receive:

  • an exclusive V4U t-shirt
  • lunch and snacks all day
  • a participation certificate
  • an invitation to the after-event party celebration
  • the opportunity to give back, meet new people and make new friends.

Typical day for a V4U volunteer

Volunteers arrive on campus by 8am and are treated to free snacks, entertainment and a V4U-exclusive t-shirt.

After meeting all other volunteers at our official welcome, you'll be transported by minibus to your project, which will be located either in Footscray or in surrounding suburbs.

Once your volunteering project has finished, we'll pick you up from your location and drive you back to campus for refreshments.

Check out V4U Day photos on the Student Life Facebook page to get a glimpse of the eventful day.

Activities & tasks

Volunteers stay on site for five hours and complete a range of tasks which may include:

  • painting
  • gardening
  • cleaning
  • building
  • facilitating sports activities
  • mentoring
  • socialising.

Snapshot of V4U Day 2017

V4U Day in 2017 was huge – 300 volunteers from VU partnered with 25 community organisations in the western suburbs of Melbourne. Some of the projects we worked on included Gardening Bees, putting on BBQ’s, sorting items at opportunity shops, and singing with aged care residents at Bunnings. It was an amazing and fun day!

Our volunteers felt like they were part of our community:

  • 94% felt more connected to the VU community
  • 90% felt more connected to the Melbourne community.

Check our photos of V4U Day on Facebook.

Become a V4U volunteer

Registrations for V4U Day open during the second week of August (week 3 of HE Semester 2). Student Life staff will be providing more information across campuses in week 4.

In the meantime, join the VU Vollies and become part of a great community volunteer program!

Participating organisations

We are seeking community organisations to partner with for V4U Day on Friday 12 October.

Organisations provide the task and Victoria University provides the tools and people to execute it.

VU student and staff volunteers can help execute a range of projects including:

  • facilitation of a sports/activity day
  • socialising and completing activities with clients/residents
  • preparing craft or other packs for clients/residents
  • gardening and other working bee tasks
  • general cleaning
  • painting (general and/or decorative)
  • data entry or other administrative tasks
  • making decorations for an upcoming events
  • washing and cleaning
  • hosting a resident/client BBQ (must provide own BBQ).

Last year, over 300 volunteers performed deeds of good will and made a positive difference.

If your organisation could benefit from participating in V4U Day 2018, please contact us:

Contact us

Contact the V4U team for more information about V4U Day.

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