Is volunteering the delicious superfood of wellbeing?

Life is hectic. Sometimes it’s hard to imagine finding time for more urgent priorities that seem to add themselves to the list. The impact modern life has on our mental health is heavily documented, and widely experienced first hand by just about everyone.

When we’re on survival mode—with hardcore flight or fight engaged—it’s hard to find time to be selfless. But what if we could do something that was good for us (healthy) and good for others (delicious).

Volunteering just might be to wellbeing what dark chocolate is to superfoods.

Finding a hobby outside of professional work is one of the best ways to boost mental health. Volunteering is a great way to take this up a notch. It’s selflessly giving back. It’s paying forward without expecting reciprocity. It’s kindness. It’s humanity.

Almost one third of Aussies 15 years and older volunteer every year through an organisation. More than half do it to help others, 44% do it for personal satisfaction and 36% do it to do something worthwhile (ABS). The intrinsic motivation to volunteer promotes wellbeing—in the service of others.

By making a difference to someone else’s life by volunteering, you’re also making a difference to your own life. Countless studies show that people who volunteer are happier and satisfied in general, which benefits their mental health and wellbeing.

As one of Australia’s largest farming support charities, hundreds of volunteers have generously helped us for 21 years—so that we can help farmers, farming families and communities survive through the tough times so they can thrive in the good. During National Volunteers Week, we’re saying a thank you to our network of volunteers—especially our Aussie Helpers Volunteers for Isolated Student Education (AHVISE) ‘Angels’.

Our AHVISE ‘Angels’ play an particularly important role, given the continued education inequality farming kids face compared to their city cousins. They are experienced, often retired teacher and tutor volunteers who donate their time and expertise to support geographically isolated families with their kids’ education needs—both virtually and in-person.

Retired couple Audrey and Bruce Flood from Sydney are two of our long-term and much loved AHVISE Angels. They’ve donated six weeks of their retirement every year for the last 10 years to deliver in-person lessons for kids in a farming family who live on the Atherton Tablelands, a 4.5 hour drive from Cairns. While they truly make a difference to the lives of bush kids, they also recognise the impact volunteering has on their lives.

“As with all volunteering, you always get back more than you put in and we love it,” Bruce said of being an AHVISE Angel.

If you’re looking for more purpose in your life, this is the sign that you can do something good for you (healthy) and good for others (delicious). We can all benefit from volunteering.

For more information about AHVISE, to volunteer or visit aussiehelpers.org.au.

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Helping Aussie farming families this Christmas

Like millions of Aussies right now, many farmers are struggling. And, as hotter and drier conditions return, we’re anticipating more farmers will need our help than ever before.

It’s a tragic irony that farmers work from sun-up to sunset to feed our families—and yet many will struggle to afford a Christmas lunch and gifts for their loved ones.

There are many ways to helps us to help Aussie farming families in need this Christmas, including donating funds, donating goods, volunteering, fundraising and partnering.

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Wherever possible, please deliver goods to one of our volunteer collection points (see here).
If you’d like to become a collection point for donated goods, please email us today.
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We’re here to help you and your families

Times are really tough for farming families across Australia.

Please know that you’re not alone.

With the help of our donors, partners and volunteers, we’re doing everything we can to support you through this tough time and bring a smile to your family this Christmas.

If you’re a farmer and would like to register for support this Christmas, please complete the form below.

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Supporting schools in farming communities

With the help of our donors, partners and sponsors, we’re committed to extending Brekkie in a Bag to support even more schools in farming communities in 2024.

We are pleased to confirm that Sanitarium and The Big Little Dairy Company have generously agreed to support Brekkie in a Bag in first semester 2024 and we are actively seeking further support to extend the program and ensure we can keep up with an increasing demand.

If you’re a rural or remote school with farming kids in attendance and are concerned about the risk of food insecurity impacting families, please register an expression of interest for Brekkie in a Bag.

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  3. Ensure food is stored, prepared and handled safely and that good hygiene is practiced
  4. Provide brief quarterly feedback so that we can continue Brekkie in a Bag, improve the initiative and share with our partners and sponsors.

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Help farming kids with free healthy breakfasts

With the help of our donors, partners and sponsors, we’re committed to extending Brekkie in a Bag to support even more schools in farming communities in 2024.