Volunteer

JRS Australia would not be able to function without the large and committed pool of volunteers which contributes to the smooth functioning of this not-for-profit organisation.

Volunteers offer invaluable assistance in a variety of practical ways: accompanying refugees to interviews, helping them settle into temporary accommodation, cooking meals, chairing house meetings, teaching English, visiting asylum seekers in detention, and performing office administration or repairs at JRS’ shelters.

To register your interest with JRS’ volunteer coordinator, please fill out our volunteer application form and email it to volunteers@jrs.org.au

Marthe’s journey to volunteering for JRS

Every person seeking asylum who comes to the Arrupe drop-in centre is facing dire circumstances, but they take on each day with a bravery, strength and dignity that I so admire. It forces me to look at the broader picture and appreciate just how lucky I am.

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An equal balance of mind and soul

I began my placement at the Jesuit Refugee Service in April 2016 by hiding behind a computer screen and trying to learn everything I needed to know about asylum seekers living in the Australian community.

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Volunteers have the courage to take a stand

At the 2016 NSW Refugee Week Launch Anne and Rob Porter, long-time JRS volunteers, were honoured with the STARTTS Humanitarian Award for their service to refugees.

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The importance of sharing a meal together

While the arguments and politics of the issue continue, one thing I can do is walk beside, and share a meal, with those who are going through it. When I first heard abou

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JRS volunteers: there for others and faithful to our mission

The second week of May is National Volunteer Week, an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers.

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