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Make A Real Difference

June 15, 2018

“Our volunteers can make a real difference in the lives of the women and children who come to Emerge” says the new Volunteer Coordinator, Michelle Lavigne.

“Small acts of support can help to transform lives. It’s rewarding to help these women and children, and there are so many ways volunteers can contribute.”

Michelle is embracing her new role at Emerge where she is creating a volunteer program from scratch. As she notes, “it’s an opportunity to lay a good foundation of support for our programs.”

Michelle comes to Emerge with strong experience in a similar role, running the volunteer program at Ronald McDonald House Monash, where she has seen first- hand the difference volunteers can make for families in need.

“Volunteers are essential, ensuring that the team at Emerge can support the needs of the women and children who seek our help” stresses Michelle.

“We can’t fully support these women and children without the valuable efforts of our volunteers.”

Michelle has experience matching the time and skills the volunteers can contribute to the needs of an organisation, and her focus is finding ways to support the needs of the women and children who come to Emerge.

Michelle invites those interested in volunteering to contact her directly by email or telephone 03 8657 8622 with details about how they can help, as well as referees.

All applicants are required to hold a Working with Children accreditation and to undergo a Police Check. The application process involves an interview and reference checks.

Emerge is looking for volunteers who can contribute in the following ways;

  • Volunteer Drivers – transporting for medical appointments, general shopping and social support appointments
  • Language Assistants
  • Volunteer Companions
  • Education Volunteers – assisting to tutoring from early learning, junior and secondary schooling
  • Fundraising/Event Leaders
  • Office Cleaners
  • Domestic Helpers – assisting with teaching basic cooking skills, household duties


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