Volunteering How you can help

You can get involved in a number of volunteer programs, including:

  • Administration
    Volunteers assist with mail outs, filing, data entry and other general administrative duties.
  • Kennels
    Volunteers in our Training Kennels assist the kennel staff with hands-on tasks such as cleaning kennels, and feeding, walking and grooming the dogs. We run two shifts per day, seven days a week. We require a minimum commitment of six months in this area.
  • Driving
    Volunteers play a vital role in transporting people with vision loss from their homes to our campuses for assessment and training, as well as transporting our speakers to engagements to promote support programs. We provide a car for volunteers involved in these activities.
  • Gardening and maintenance
    Volunteers assist with regular maintenance of our grounds and gardens.
  • Special Events
    Volunteers are required throughout the year for various special events and functions.

Volunteering Who can volunteer to help?

  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.
  • All volunteers must undergo a national police check before participating, and renewal police checks every three years thereafter. Checks can be undertaken by authorized Guide Dogs Victoria personnel and are free of charge. We also require volunteers hold a current Working with Children check and Guide Dogs Victoria to be nominated as a notifiable organisation.
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Volunteering Raise a puppy

Raising a puppy involves caring for a potential Guide Dog over a 12 month foster period. The goal is to nurture each puppy so they become well socialised, confident and focussed before training. Puppy raisers receive ongoing support and instructions throughout the foster period. You’ll develop a powerful bond with an amazing animal and play an important role in helping Victorians with low vision.

Apply now

Guide dog puppy

Other ways to help us Host a collection dog

The iconic status of Guide Dogs Victoria collection dogs has grown over the past five decades and today, they generate more funds then ever before. There are several thousand hard working collection dogs throughout metropolitan and regional Victoria and their income is invested directly in our specialist mobility services including Guide Dogs.

Download the brochure

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Volunteering Become a volunteer

Volunteers play a vital role in our work. Our valued contributors help raise the profile of our programs and community initiatives, and make an enormous difference through their ongoing support and involvement.

Apply to be a Puppy Raiser here.