Victoria University volunteers are looking for more host organisations in Melbourne’s West where they can donate their time and services as part of V4U Day 2015 to be held in October.
Now in its fifth year, the award-winning program sees hundreds of VU staff and students close their books and switch off their computers for a day a year to take on community projects.
V4U Day is designed to provide ‘service learning’ and build bridges between students, academics and the local community.
The volunteers come from all study areas and campuses. They fan out in teams across the region to garden, paint, clean, collect litter, and join in activities with the elderly, migrants, the disabled or children.
Footscray Aged Care director Marie Weir said their residents loved meeting VU volunteers last year.
“The students had conversations with our residents and some even provided massages,” she said. “From our perspective, the day was a resounding success.”
V4U organisers are now seeking more organisations that could use the volunteer manpower of enthusiastic VU students and staff, either on particular projects, or as part of their day-to-day operations.
Suitable organisations include:
- environment groups
- aged care, disability or youth services providers
- arts organisations
- volunteer organisations
- community groups
- council groups.
VU’s student volunteers receive credit toward leadership qualifications by participating in V4U, which was nationally recognised for excellence by the Australian Association of Campus Activities.
V4U Day 2015 will be held on Friday 9 October.
For more information about becoming a host organisation for 2015, contact the V4U team at [email protected] or call 9919 8774.