Retail Volunteering Opportunities

Job No: SVDP0000
Location: Various



Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the St Vincent de Paul Society, especially at this challenging time.

The St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria is continuing to respond to the growing challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak and while some of our services may look a little different temporarily, we emphasise that – we are still here.

A number of our shops are still in operation, with a reduced number of people on the shop floor for safety reasons along with shorter opening times. Things are changing daily and we are working hard to provide the most accurate and up to date information as we hear it.

Its important to know we are actively recruiting for retail volunteers at this time, as we need you to support the future rebuild in our communities. If Retail is specifically where you wish to support, we can place you on our wait-list and when things are looking brighter (which they will) we will get in touch to discuss the options with you.  We will also provide you with updates along the way to keep you informed of the things the Society are doing to help during this time. 

Please read below to learn more about the volunteering process and instructions on how to join our wait-list.



Who: Volunteers to help out in our Vinnies Shops 

When: To be confirmed, but for now, we will place you on our wait-list

Where: Please click here to open up our Vinnies map. You can enter your postcode in the search bar and it will show you what Vinnies Shops are in your area.

Please note: You will also be able to see various other volunteer opportunities available. If you do not want to view these you can untick them on the left hand column. If you see any other opportunities that interest you, you can view these in more detail here.

Requirements: No previous retail experience is required, but if you have a passion for helping your community and environment, a positive attitude, want to make new friends and learn more from a successful retailer, we would love to hear from you! A Working with Children’s Check and Police Check is required before you commence, arranged and paid for by St Vincent de Paul

What might I be doing? There are lots of different opportunities available in our Vinnies Shops. Maybe you would like to get creative and design eye-catching window displays, perhaps you are a treasure hunter and can spot a designer brand a mile off! Perhaps you prefer a more physical role of transporting and sorting donations. Maybe you love to connect with people and would like to work on the register and shop floor. These are only a few examples of what we can offer and we are happy to chat about these further!

How do I apply? Please use the form below to apply and be a part of something both exciting and meaningful! We will place you on our wait-list and we will keep you informed of what we are doing along the way.


Learn more about Vinnies!

St Vincent de Paul Society has over 110 retail shops across Victoria known as “Vinnies”, selling new and pre-loved fashion and homewares. The beauty of our Vinnies Shops is that you never know what unique and special treasures you might find! Over 12 million items were sold within our retail shops last year, which saved 12 million items from going to landfill!

The proceeds from items sold in our Shops go directly into our communities to help support some of the most vulnerable people that may be experiencing hardship and loneliness.

Across 9 Soup Vans we were able to provide over 88 thousand meals to people that would have potentially gone hungry.

40,000 calls for welfare assistance were answered last year in our Call Centre and assistance was given in the form of material goods, food vouchers and of course a compassionate ear.

Our 5 Education Programs offered reading, companionship, and homework help to 977 students who attended the programs in 2019.

None of this would be possible without our Vinnies Shops.


St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria is proactive in supporting child safety

We value diversity and aim to build an inclusive environment that champions, embraces and respects differences.

We support and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people of all abilities, cultures, sexual orientations, and gender identities and expressions.

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