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!

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 open in July or August. V4U will be held on Friday 12 October, 2018. Mark your calendar!

Like VU Student Life on Facebook for updates or email v4u@vu.edu.au.

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

Participating organisations

We work with a range of community organisations in the west of Melbourne, including:

  • aged care facilities
  • child care centres
  • community centres
  • environmental groups
  • neighbourhood houses
  • nursing and disability centres
  • primary schools and secondary colleges.

Benefits for organisations

Is your organisation in need of volunteers?

Victoria University students and staff members are available on Friday 12 October 2018 to perform deeds of good will and make a positive difference. Last year, over 300 volunteers participated and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

If you believe your organisation could benefit from participating in V4U 2018, please email v4u@vu.edu.au.

Don't forget, you provide the task and we’ll provide the tools and people to execute it!