Sometimes the best thing you can donate is your time. From giving a few spare hours to making a life-long commitment, over 1,000 men and women of all ages and backgrounds across the island of Ireland are making a huge contribution with us to create a better future for others.
Our volunteers are life-changers. Find out how you can lend a hand and change a life.
Volunteer in our shops
Each time the cash register at one of our shops rings, somebody’s life changes.
Every cent and penny spent at one of our 51 shops across the island of Ireland contributes to building a future free from poverty for communities across the world.
Building wells. Educating children. Providing medical care. Giving people a voice.
Thanks to the devotion of our incredible volunteers, by giving a few hours a week, they make it possible for people to donate and purchase the clothes, books, furniture and homewares that fund our work.
If you want to donate your time to volunteer in a fun and friendly environment, then why not make a difference by helping out at an Oxfam shop?
“It is a very good feeling knowing that a bit of friendly assistance to customers could encourage a sale. I do this because I believe in helping to build a brighter future for people affected by poverty and if working in an Oxfam shop goes some way to supporting this, then I am proud to be called a volunteer.” Paul Lang, a volunteer in his 20s at our shop on George’s Street, Dublin You can read Paul’s recently published article about volunteering with Oxfam.
Volunteer at an event
Whether it’s big music festivals or local fundraising treks, our team of amazing volunteers help to spread the Oxfam message by helping us run our events.
We raise awareness and generate funds through events up and down Ireland. None of these would be possible without the amazing volunteers who make it all happen.
There’s lots of ways to get involved. You can join our campaign team and influence change for the better by helping people add their voice at events. You can become a volunteer steward at the biggest and best music events, raising funds to tackle poverty thanks to the donation we get from the event organisers. You can also lend a helping hand at our challenge events like Trailtrekker by manning the checkpoints and helping the teams reach the finishing line.
Our volunteers play a central role in ensuring that our events are fun, enjoyable and memorable for everybody involved.
“Campaigning with Oxfam has been an amazing experience for so many reasons. I’ve got to meet plenty of fantastic people, not just those who were campaigning but the people who signed up too. It’s also a great way to talk to people and spread the word on the amazing work Oxfam is doing. I feel like even though you’re just one person, when you’re with a team like Oxfam you can make a difference on a global scale. And it didn’t hurt that the noise in the background was easy to listen to!”
Sara Anderson, a Belfast-based campaigns volunteer who worked at music festivals.
Volunteer in our offices
We are passionate about change and committed to making a lasting impact. Our dedicated office volunteers help us to achieve our goals.
Some of our volunteer roles require a specialist skill while others simply need someone who has heaps of enthusiasm.
Whether it’s lending financial expertise as a member of our internal audit team, supporting our office administration needs, or shaping our strategic direction as a board member, you can become a local link in our global movement for change.
We also offer a number of internships (see our Jobs section) - a brilliant way to make a difference and gain valuable work experience.
“I became a volunteer because I had time and figured I could be doing something for someone somewhere with it. Volunteering in the office is very varied! A huge variety of administration duties, from answering the phone to greeting visitors and generally helping with whatever I can. Oxfam truly helps people help themselves using their own skills and supporting enterprising people in their own community. Being a volunteer has given me the opportunity to be a small part of this and I am proud to work alongside people who truly believe in sharing in the most fair way this planet we all live on.” Lynda Martin, a volunteer at our Dublin office