VOLuME is the new committee responsible for exploring, planning and delivering the next community volunteer project. MYFS are now calling for young people aged 10-25 years who would like to be involved.
These skills can be a valuable contribution to your resume and other future endeavours.
In celebration of National Youth Week 2011, a team of 60 young and energetic volunteers took on the challenge of painting an entire house in just one day. The recent heavy rain and floods had left a youth residential house in Monash in desperate need of some attention.
‘Paint your heart out!’ was developed by a committee of young people who wanted to complete a task ‘By Youth, For Youth’. They wanted to volunteer to help their community, learn new skills and meet like-minded people. With the support of MYFS and the Monash Volunteer Resource Centre, this idea became a reality.
On Saturday 9th April, the team set out armed with litres of paint, rollers, brushes and drop sheets to paint their hearts out for their community. The young team successfully completed the D.I.Y project in 8 hours, achieving not only the practical element of painting a house, but also a strong sense of community. This has left many Monash young people hungry to do more!
Check out photos from the project on the MYFS photo gallery
The committee will meet weekly on a Tuesday evening, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm during the school term at the Batesford Community Hub, 94 Batesford Road, Chadstone. Young people who live in the Ashwood and Chadstone area are strongly encouraged to apply, as are young people who live, study or work in the City of Monash.
There is no cost to be involved in the committee.
The project (that is decided by the committee) will be facilitated during the end of term school holidays.
If you are interested in being part of VOLuME, complete the online registration form. For further information contact Ben on 9518 3900.
Project 501 has been developed by the VOLuME committee in response to the article that appeared in the Waverley Leader on Tuesday February 19th, 2013, informing readers that local charities were under pressure to restock their shelves after being inundated with requests for help.
The VOLuME committee discussed the idea of a food drive and decided to link it with the Big Sleep Out event that they are currently organising. Participants of the Big Sleep Out are being asked to bring with them an item or items of non-perishable food.
We are also asking other members of the community to donate. VOLuME committee members will be using their personal networks to encourage people to get involved and donate items. The food drive has been aptly named “Project 501” as the committee has set their sights on being able to collect at least 501 items of non-perishable food. The items of food will be donated to the Waverley Benevolent Society who will distribute the food to those who need it living in the Monash community.
For more information please contact Ben Heard on 9518 3900.
Written by Prateek Pillai – Volume committee member
On Tuesday the 18th of Dec 2012 the VOLuME committee and over 30 young volunteers had enjoyed their day by singing 6 carols at 5 age care centers. The reason behind this project is to put older Monash residents in a Christmas mood so then they can have a great Christmas.
The 5 age care facilities were Oak Towers Aged Care Facility, Tower Grange Aged Care Services, Elizabeth Gardens Nursing Home, Monash Gardens Village Hostel and Nursing Home and Corpus Christi Aged Care Facility.
Renovation Lizzy - Written by Esha Zahid (VOLuME Committee Member)
Wednesday, 3rd October 2012 was a fun filled and exciting day for the VOLuME committee as it rejuvenated the garden at Elizabeth Gardens, an aged care nursing facility in The City of Monash. The project titled “Renovation Lizzy” began with the committee members clearing out the old furniture and cleaning the garden space while also setting up for mosaics.
The designs chosen for the mosaics included a fish, a beautiful sunset and an articulate butterfly. Half the committee worked on the mosaics; breaking tiles and laying them up while their counterparts cleaned the garden space and youth workers Ben Heard and Rachel Ficinus worked on the fence and floated between the two main areas.
The event is an opportunity for young people to volunteer their time to help others. The group will travel to 6 different Aged Care Facilities in the City of Monash and sing carols to the elderly residents who live there.
There will be 2 different sessions that young people can choose to get involved in. The first group will meet at MYFS (Glen Waverley) at 2:15pm and travel to 3 Aged Care Facilities and return to MYFS at 5pm. A BBQ will be provided at this time. The second group will meet at 5pm (to also enjoy the BBQ) and will leave MYFS at 6pm and travel to a further 3 Aged Care facilities. This group will arrive back at MYFS at approximately 8:30pm.
Please indicate on the registration form which session you would like to be involved in. Buses will be provided to transport young people to the Aged Care facilities. Registration for Carols by Summerlight closes on Friday 30th November. ENTRIES HAVE NOW CLOSED
VOLuME is a committee of young people dedicated to researching, developing and implementing projects and events that other young people can volunteer in.
The project last term was "Donate it Forward" aimed at raising money for a local charity who helps families in need with material aid. VOLuME committee members approached their friends and family for suitable clothes that could be sold at a stall at the Bentleigh Market. The stall was hugely successful with over $450 raised and donated to the Monash Oakleigh Community Information and Support Service.
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