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Volunteer With Australian Disaster Relief

When Samaritan’s Purse responds to a disaster, we rely on volunteers like you to bring hope to hurting families. Join our team of “orange shirts” as we help disaster survivors across Australia in their time of desperate need.

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When disaster strikes, will you answer the call? Sign up to receive email alerts for volunteer opportunities when disasters occur.

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GET INVOLVED:

Samaritan’s Purse aims to make the volunteer experience simple and easy for those wanting to get involved. We do this by:

  • Providing a safety orientation each day before work begins
  • Pairing all volunteers with an experienced leader while on the work site
  • Providing all tools, supplies and safety equipment
  • Providing bagged lunches to volunteers
  • Providing a free t-shirt that volunteers can keep
  • No cost to volunteer

No skills are required to volunteer with Australian Disaster Relief, although some skills can be helpful. We look for volunteers who have a servant heart, and are willing and able to work hard.

WHAT IT’S LIKE TO SERVE:

When disasters occur throughout Australia, Samaritan’s Purse is there. 

When you volunteer with us, you help to provide emergency aid and assist with clean up in the wake of devastating fires, floods, cyclones and other types of disasters.

Our response includes deploying an organised groups of volunteers, partnering with local churches and coordinating with multi-level disaster management authorities.

Samaritan’s Purse often stays behind weeks or months after the disaster to ensure survivors have the resources needed to recover.

Rapid Response Team Chaplains from our sister organisation, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, serve alongside Samaritan’s Purse, offering emotional and spiritual support to homeowners and volunteers.

FAQ’s:

Do I need experience or special skills to volunteer?

No, anyone can volunteer! We provide all the training that you need, then pair you with trained and experienced leaders to facilitate your volunteer experience.

Can I volunteer for disaster relief at any time?

No, Australian Disaster Relief volunteer teams are only engaged directly following a major disaster event, or during the recovery and clean-up process for 2-3 months following a disaster.

Current volunteer opportunities will be displayed on this site when available. We recommend signing up for our Volunteer Alerts to be notified by Samaritan’s Purse when disaster relief opportunities become available.

How old do I need to be to volunteer?

For safety reasons, we recommend that volunteers are over the age of 18. Youth aged 14-17 require prior permission, and must work with a parent or legal guardian. If youth-age volunteers are serving with you, please notify Samaritan’s Purse Headquarters to receive a copy of our policy, special instructions and other paperwork specific for youth. Please note that there are additional age restrictions on certain projects.

Is there a minimum amount of time I need to commit to volunteer?

We encourage people to participate for at least one full-day to have the opportunity to get to know homeowners and fellow volunteers, however half-days are possible for local volunteers. Many of our volunteers participate from one to two weeks.

If I’m traveling from out of town, will overnight accommodation be provided?

Yes, we typically will provide basic dorm-style accommodations at our host church base for volunteers who have registered through our Sydney office. Space may be limited per disaster site. You may need to bring a pillow, sleeping bag and air mattress or cot (if desired). Everything you need to bring will be outlined in an orientation package that you’ll receive before you depart.

What expenses should I plan for?

You are responsible for your own transportation to the disaster response location and any incidentals during your stay. We take care of the accommodation, team meals and safety gear for you as you serve.

Do I have to be part of a group to volunteer?

No, we accept both individuals and groups for most of our projects.

If you would like to register a group to volunteer, please indicate this when you sign up and a Volunteer Coordinator will contact you. We welcome church, youth, school, organisation, corporate and other types of groups who wish to volunteer, however group numbers may be limited depending on the size of the project and worksite.

Can I bring my own caravan, RV, or camper?

We cannot accommodate parking or hook-ups for caravans on our host site, however you are free to book in a caravan park at your own expense. Once you’ve signed up, a Volunteer Coordinator will be able to provide more information regarding options per site.

Do I need to bring my own tools?

No, Samaritan’s Purse will provide all the tools you need. If you have tools you’d like to bring, please inquire beforehand.

Do I need safety gear?

We provide personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves, safety glasses, etc. You will need to bring your own sturdy, closed-toe footwear or work boots. We also recommend hat, sun protection and long pants/sleeves.

What can I expect a typical workday to look like?
  • Early Morning Breakfast and Devotions (overnight volunteers)
  • 7:30 am – Orientation and Safety
  • 8:00 am – Depart for work site
  • 12 noon – Lunch at work site
  • 5:00 pm – Return to Disaster Relief Unit to clean up and return tools
  • Dinner and share time

Current volunteer opportunities will be displayed on this site when available. We recommend signing up for our Volunteer Alerts to be notified by Samaritan’s Purse when disaster relief opportunities become available.

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