As a volunteer run organisation, the work of EERN is carried out by members of the community who generously give their time to others. There are no paid staff. Without the assistance of our 70+ volunteers, EERN would be unable to adequately and efficiently help and support the vast number of needy people in our local community.

Volunteers undertake a variety of roles with EERN from being a driver of either our collection truck or van or being the drivers assistant – “a jockey” , working in the warehouse including assisting to help member agencies, their case workers and their needy clients, answering the telephone, sorting household items, doing minor maintenance/repair work, where necessary on furniture. Doing electrical checking and tagging in accordance with Australian Standards requirements.

Most volunteers work one morning per week to enable us to provide our much needed service to the needy. If you have the time and want to make an invaluable contribution to our local community, volunteering with EERN is a fantastic way to be involved.

For further information about the many ways you can volunteer and the roles available please contact us on 9874 8433.

Our volunteer team consists of:

Warehouse Co-ordinator – This supervisory role is to generally assist agency members / case workers and their clients, to allocate duties, and to maintain both the manpower roster and the equipment. It is a vital role and crucial for the efficient running of the warehouse.

Office Assistant – The basic task of the Office Assistant is to respond to telephone enquiries from the public usually about offers of furniture – and making booking times for collections.

Drivers / Drivers Assistants – As the name suggests, the role of this team is to collect furniture etc donated by the public and deliver it to our warehouse. No special driver’s licence is required.

Sorting Crew – This important team of people has the task of sorting the great variety of goods received each day, apart from furniture & electrical goods. In addition, they have a role to play in assisting clients select linen, kitchenware etc.

Warehouse Assistants – The role of these volunteers is to help with loading and unloading of goods, maintaining the tidiness of the warehouse, minor repairs, supervision of agency members / case workers and their clients when visiting, and generally acting as the warehouse co-ordinator’s offsider in ensuring the smooth running of the warehouse on a day to day basis.

Specialist Volunteers – These include washing machine servicemen and qualified electrical testers. No whitegoods or other electrical appliances are available to clients until they have been checked, tagged and passed for allocation.

* Volunteers are unpaid not because they are worthless but because they are PRICELESS.