Cultivating Community began in 1998 thanks to a group of passionate volunteers.
To this day volunteers play a vital role in every aspect of our work.
We are committed to ensuring our volunteers are a good fit for each role we offer to guarantee the best outcomes for both volunteers and our program participants. We offer volunteer roles across our programs, as well as opportunities to help out at events.
Volunteer With Us
Cultivating Community is a committed to child-safety.
All volunteers are required to undergo a National Police Check,
a Working with Children Check where necessary,
provide two referees and sign our Child Safety Policy.
Program and Role
Day and Time
After School Cooking
Part of our Food Systems Projects, After School Cooking is a weekly cooking class where kids living on public housing estates come to learn life-long healthy food skills. Through participatory learning these kids are taught how to grow, cook and share food.
Under the direction of the After School Cooking Facilitator, the primary focus of the volunteer role is to assist in engaging the kids with the program, helping to developing their cooking and social skills and promoting an appreciation of healthy, delicious food.
Minimum commitment of one school term.
Meet and Eat
Meet and Eat Community lunch is a free lunch where participants cook nutritious, affordable, culturally diverse dishes and then sit together to share the meal before cleaning up together. The role of volunteers is to assist with setting up and packing up, work with participants to create elements of the meal and generally participate in the session helping to ensure everyone is engaged and involved.
Carlton Kitchen Library
Carlton Kitchen Library is a community resource where people can borrow and use kitchen equipment. The role of volunteer librarian is to assist with library duty, including; signing up new members, checking in/out items, receiving and recording donated items, and cleaning used items.
Event/ Workshop Helper
The library host seasonal meals and bi-monthly workshops.
Tag & Tester
Have you completed a Tag & Test course and wish to put your skills to use in the community? We receive many electrical goods donations that all need to be tested before our members can borrow!
If you have any other skill you wish to offer to the library, please get in touch!
Public Housing Community Gardens
Working under the direction of the Garden Support Worker, the primary focus of the position is to assist in the maintenance of the community garden. We rely on volunteers to be able to assist with both routine maintenance tasks that keep the garden safe and clean and support for one off projects and events.
Wingate Avenue Community Garden provides tenants from the Ascot Vale estate access to grow healthy, affordable and culturally appropriate food. Refurbished in 2011, Wingate Avenue Community Garden is now home to a blend of older people and young families and a brood of chickens. Get some great garden experience while helping to keep this garden growing! We ask that you commit to your involvement for a minimum of 3 months. (Changing to Thursday mornings on 4/2)
Highett Street Community Garden provides tenants from the Richmond estate access to grow healthy, affordable and culturally appropriate food. The Highett St Community Garden has over 100 gardeners and a significant experimental communal gardening/composting area. Help keep this garden thriving while learning gardening skills. We ask that you commit to your involvement for a minimum of 3 months. (Changing to Tuesday mornings on 4/2)
Food School Gardens
Our long running School Food Gardens Program teaches primary school kids how to grow food, reduce food waste and act sustainably both at school and home.
Waratah Special Developmental School
Cultivating Community has nurtured a beautiful sensory garden for students with additional needs at Waratah Special Developmental School. The food garden which grows vegetables, herbs, vines and fruit trees provides a living tapestry for the students to explore and engage with all of their senses. We are looking for volunteer to help with garden maintenance and who are confident to complete tasks unsupervised.
Minimum commitment of one school term.
Open to corporate groups for working bees!