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About Us

ABOUT EASTERN VOLUNTEERS

Eastern Volunteers originally commenced operation as Volunteers Unlimited in 1976. In the first three years we placed 389 volunteers in 136 organisations and assisted 126 individuals in areas not covered by other agencies. Our volunteer services ranged from driver assistance to the frail and people with disabilities, opportunity shop and home helpers to personal carers and office staff.

  • 40

    Years In Operation

  • 110

    Volunteers

  • 16

    Staff Members

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In 1984 Volunteers Unlimited became incorporated and our name changed to Eastern Volunteer Resource Centre Inc. (EV). Until the mid 1990’s our funding was largely dependant on local government grants, donations and fund raising events. However, in 1993/4 the Department of Health and Community Services (HACC) allocated funds for transport, training and equipment that allowed employment of additional staff, further project development, increased operating hours and purchase of special vehicles for transport services.

Transport demand (particularly by HACC recipients) rose steadily from 19,500 km in 1989 to 184,500 km in 1999. This led to the establishment of the Eastern Transport Register to assist agencies across seven municipalities to efficiently share transport resources through a centralised computer database.

In 2006 we established an EV annex office at the Box Hill Community Hub.

The first 3 year Home and Community Care funding agreement was signed in 2003/4 providing us with greater certainty of future funding. But this income still falls short of our operating costs. Fundraising has therefore become an integral part of our operation and persistence and innovation have become the hallmark of Eastern Volunteers.

In 2008 the EV Board of Management resolved to purchase its own of premises. With the generous support of many donors and fundraising approaches, we purchased premises at 36 New Street Ringwood in 2011.

Over our 40 year history we have proved to be a resourceful organisation, willing and able to adapt our services to ever changing and growing community needs and meet financial and other challenges as they arise. This success is largely due to the dedication and outstanding work of hundreds of volunteers and the commitment of staff. This same spirit will help us meet new challenges in the future.


John has been with Eastern Volunteers for 7 years receiving services from the transport team to get to his doctor’s appointments twice a week in the city. John also uses the transport services to travel to and from the shops. His daughter Sue considers that since John suffers from Alzheimer’s, the transport services have helped John to stay in her care for much longer than would have been possible without the help. “Since I am unable to drive…we wouldn’t have managed without the services”. John is always excited and happy when the volunteers come to pick him up. Sue recalls that “John always starts whistling a tune” when he sees either Frank or Colin drive the vehicle. Frank and Colin are “two of the kindest people you could meet” and are always up for a chat. “I have nothing but praise for what they do.”