River Nile

XSJN Volunteer Opportunities


These agencies are chosen carefully by the XSJN Committee to ensure that they are in line with our mission and values and will be suitable for our volunteers. Our volunteers are always to be engaged in a way that is primarily relational, taking account of the full dignity of the person they seek to serve. The Network also offers opportunities for volunteers to reflect on their experience and so as to deepen their understanding of their commitment. The partner agencies and their volunteer programs include:

  • Jesuit Social Services: Building permaculture gardens dedicated to social & environmental justice through the Ecological Justice Hub.  
  • Sacred Heart Mission in St Kilda has re-opened its Dining Hall service: Volunteers are needed to help in preparing and serving meals to support people attending the Dining Hall. The times for volunteer shifts are: breakfast 8 am - 10:30 am, lunch 9 am – 2 pm. Fortnightly roster.
  • St Mary's House of Welcome: Preparing and serving meals to support people attending the Dining Hall.  
  • St Vincent de Paul Society: Volunteers are currently needed in preparing and serving meals on the Soup Van Program in the inner-City Soup Van, Footscray Soup Van or Dandenong Soup Van. Volunteers are especially needed daytime on weekdays. A new program has been offered to volunteers in their Melbourne Custody Centre Welfare Program to support individuals in police custody.  
  • Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project: Offering friendship and support, at mutually convenient locations, through their Teaching English Program.  
  • The Haven in South Yarra: Providing friendship and support to residents through their Companionship Program.  
  • McAuley Community Services for Women: Working as a learning support volunteer to vulnerable children.  
  • Educating First Youth Foyer in Broadmeadows: Provide mentoring to young people at risk of homelessness. Currently now recruiting new volunteers for their mentoring program, especially for obtaining their driver’s license under the L2P program.  
  • River Nile School & River Nile Learning Centre in North Melbourne: Supporting disadvantaged refugee and asylum seeker women enrolled in the Centre's English Language Program. Currently seeking volunteers to join the Board for the River Nile Learning Centre, especially as a Volunteer Coordinator. Also seeking volunteers as tutors and mentors for online and classroom tutoring, and for social support.  
  • Wellsprings for Women in Dandenong: Providing support to programs run by the agency for vulnerable and isolated women, especially English language tutoring.  
  • Refugee Legal: Providing legal advice to asylum seekers or administrative support to the organisation through their Migration Agents and Paralegal Support Team.  
  • Melbourne Adult Migrant English Program in Preston: Providing English language tutoring to adults from a CALD background in their Volunteer Tutor Scheme. Currently recruiting new volunteers for their tutoring program.

For more information about any of these programs, please get in touch with:

XSJN Coordinator: Ms Danusia Kaska Telephone: (03) 9815 4891 Email: XSJN@xavier.vic.edu.au