Volunteering Australia defines a volunteer as 'a person who chooses to contribute their time, skills and experience, for no payment …… to benefit the community.'
Most not-for-profit organisations rely on volunteers for the delivery of a significant proportion of their programs and activities. These organisations have an obligation to ensure they support and manage their volunteers as they would paid staff. In turn, volunteers have a responsibility to:
Volunteers will often report that they experience far greater rewards from volunteer work than they had originally anticipated. While the benefits of volunteering vary depending on the aims and needs of the volunteer, there are common themes:
Softball Australia supports the ASC's guidelines on the rights and entitlements of volunteers, which include:
The Softball Australia Member Protection Policy applies as much to volunteers as it does to a player, official or anyone else involved with Softball. It covers issues such as:
In addition, Softball Australia encourages all those employing volunteers to comply with Volunteering Australia's National Standards and Implementation Guide for Involving volunteers in not-for-profit organisation.
Softball Australia, our Member States, associations and clubs are always seeking volunteers to help with a variety of roles. Some roles require special qualifications, training and skills, while others just require a willingness to help out and a friendly smile.
Typical roles that are available to volunteers include:
If you are interested in volunteering in these or other capacities, find a club near you to see what positions might be available. You can also contact your State Association or check-out the volunteer positions at Softball Australia.
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