Shelli Allen has had a long history of volunteering and continue to volunteer to set an example for her children.
“I volunteer because my parents did it and I want my kids to see that helping others is a great thing to do,” said Shelli.
She volunteers at a number of organisations across the Gold Coast, including the Robina Kids Op Shop, Burleigh Heads Scouts and Green Heroes.
“Now that my children are older and in school, I have the daytime free to work a full day in the Op Shop, and utilise my free days to organise and manage Green Heroes whilst also managing fundraising and grants for Burleigh Heads Scouts,” she said
She takes on a variety of roles at each organisation, utilising her previous experience as a Project Manager for IBM to give assistance.
“On a day to day basis my volunteering roles vary greatly. At the kids Op Shop, I assist with sorting through donation, pricing and displaying items as well as contribute to their social media platforms. At the Burleigh Scouts I am the fundraising coordinator assisting with grant applications and fundraising activities and at Green Heroes I run the Pouches for Joeys Program as well as other administration duties,” said Shelli.
Shelli has found volunteering to be a refreshing and unique experience. She has found the gratitude she receives from volunteering to be more valuable than any monetary payment.
“When I worked at IBM I realised that I was using my energy and enthusiasm for a large corporation, not contributing to making the world a better place. I like volunteering because instead of being paid money, I find the payment more valuable as it is appreciation and gratitude”
If you would like to become a volunteer, contact Volunteering Services Australia on (07) 5526 0688 or visit vsaustralia.org.au.