Celebrating Volunteers’ Week 2017: Meet Fred


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    At DCA, we are lucky to have the support of a wonderful volunteer workforce, who provide many support hours and increase our capacity significantly. Fred Rogan is one of our dedicated volunteers, coming in to lend a hand with various tasks and being a regular friendly face around the building. A fixture at our St Kilda Road office, he’s often found assisting with events, tackling site maintenance, manning reception or guiding guests around the Bluestone. Inspired by this year’s National Volunteers Week, we asked him about his motivations in coming to DCA and what keeps him here:  

    Fred in period costume celebrating Deaf Children Australia’s 150 year+ history at our 2015 Christmas party

    What made you start volunteering at DCA?
    “I’ve been at DCA for 18 months – I was retrenched from my job after the global financial crisis. I was looking for work, and I wanted to be useful, so my employment consultant suggested volunteering.”

    What keeps you around? 
    “It’s fun working here and getting to meet people. Coming here, I’ve realised the individual challenges people face and the inequality of society. I’ve worked in corporate environments and non-profit is much better – it’s professional without being corporate.”

    What do you like best about coming to DCA?

    “I get to do a wide variety of things as part of my role – every day is different! Last night, I chose to stay here until after midnight to support a film crew. As the bluestone is an historic location with a great atmosphere, we sometimes get film crews here and it’s really interesting being involved in their shoots.”

    People like Fred help keep our organisation going, and DCA is always keen to hear from interested volunteers. Volunteers are welcome across the organisation in a variety of roles. Please see our Volunteer With Us page for more information and to download an Expression of Interest form.

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