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 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.

V4U Day strengthens our relationship with the local community through giving back and showing appreciation for their support.

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 receive:

  • an exclusive V4U t-shirt
  • lunch and snacks all day
  • a participation certificate
  • an invitation to the after-event party celebration.

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 either in Footscray or a surrounding suburb.

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 2018

V4U Day in 2018 was huge – over 300 volunteers took part in dozens of projects across Melbourne’s west. Volunteers helped with gardening, painting, cleaning, making crafts, and joining in activities with community groups, the elderly, those living with a disability, and school children.

Host organisations in 2018 included AMES Australia, Asylum Seekers Resource Centre, Baptcare, Salvation Army, Scouts Victoria, and Rotary clubs.

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.

Participating organisations

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).

Contact us

Contact the V4U team for more information about V4U Day 2019.

Phone: +61 3 9919 5738