Random Acts of Volunteering

rak8Sometimes people find it difficult to commit a set time for volunteering.  You can still get involved!


The easiest way to get involved in volunteering is to commit a ’Random Act of Volunteering’. A Random Act of Volunteering, or RAV, is a simple act that is done to benefit others. It doesn’t have to cost any money - it is simply an act of kindness. People of all ages can carry out a Random Act of Volunteering.
Take a look below for inspiration on what you can do:  

30 Random Acts of Volunteering

  1. Donate used clothes to a charity shop
  2. Pick up a piece of litter – or several!
  3. Donate blood
  4. Help someone who can’t reach something on a supermarket shelf
  5. Offer to share your umbrella with someone.
  6. Plant a tree or flower in your community
  7. Take a CPR class—it may come in use in the future!
  8. Offer a few hours of your time to babysit for busy parents
  9. Pack an extra lunch and give it to someone who needs it.
  10. Benefit your health as well as others by asking someone to join you for a walk
  11. Teach someone a skill that you know
  12. Conduct some stealth gardening in your area, ridding it of weeds
  13. Let someone in a hurry cut ahead of you in the queue
  14. Offer to help a neighbour: walk their dog or clean their brasses
  15. Give your coat to someone who doesn’t have one
  16. Donate canned food to a local food bank
  17. Offer to accompany a friend or neighbour to see a doctor
  18. Gather old mobile phones and donate them to a charity – why not ask friends or colleagues to do the same?
  19. Offer to give a lift to someone who needs it
  20. Stand up on the dart, bus or luas to leave your seat available for others
  21. Tell someone about a charity or cause you think is worth knowing about
  22. Make a cup of tea for someone working on your road
  23. Donate old toys to a children’s shelter
  24. Give a care package to a homeless person
  25. Call into a charity or charity shop in your area and ask if there’s anything they’d like you to help them with
  26. Pass on the Senior Help Line number to someone who might need it
  27. Call an animal shelter and donate an item that’s in need
  28. If you aren’t interested in a coupon, give it to the sales clerk to give to someone who is
  29. Offer to take a photograph for a group of tourists
  30. Tell someone about a random act of volunteering and encourage them to pass it on! 

Some volunteer stories

Lorraine Nolan - Volunteer with Jobstown Assisting Drug Dependence

volunteerbadgeIf I won the lotto in the morning I would probably volunteer for the rest of my life. Even though I only do a few hours of volunteering each week, the experience is so satisfying for me. I feel that I get so much more out of it than what I put in. It has really helped my self esteem and I feel a sense of belonging to a group of people who really appreciate me for helping them out. It enriches my life and it makes me happy.

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Rosa Murray - Volunteering in Tallaght Hospital

volunteerbadgeLike a lot of mothers, my children have grown up and left home and I was left with time on my hands. I decided to give volunteering a go. I registered with the volunteer Centre and put myself forward to volunteer in the coffee shop in Tallaght Hospital.I was introduced to Carol the volunteer manager of Tallaght Hospital and Deirdre who look after the volunteer services.

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Emily Healy - Volunteering in the Volunteer Centre

emilyhMy name is Emily, I am a volunteer with South Dublin County Volunteer Centre and I have volunteered with them for ten years. I began volunteering when I was training with Cheeverstown. They arranged for me to visit the Tallaght Volunteer Bureau and I think I was the first volunteer placed there. Back then I worked with Tricia the manager, and Denise in a small office over the Citizen’s Information Centre in Tallaght Village. There have been many changes since I started. The Centre has moved premises twice, changed its name to South Dublin County Volunteer Centre  and also become very busy with many new people looking to volunteer.

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Volunteer Centres in Dublin

volunteer-dublin-city-mapHere are the full contact details for each Volunteer Centre in each area of Dublin.

Dublin City North Volunteer Centre
T: + 353 1 872 2622
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Dublin City South Volunteer Centre
T: + 353 1 473 7482
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W: www.volunteerdublincitysouth.ie

Dun Laoghaire / Rathdown Volunteer Centre
T: + 353  1 209 0630
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Fingal Volunteer Centre
T: + 353 1 820 9550
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South Dublin County Volunteer Centre
T: + 353 1 462 8558
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