It’s estimated that 1 in 4 people in Australia do some kind of volunteering. We know many hands make light work, and it takes a whole team of people to help make a difference. When you volunteer with us you provide grounded and practical ways to support Australia’s First Nations through the work of Why Warriors.
As with any creating any kind of change, there are a myriad of tasks to be done. Some require longer term commitment, or specialist skills. Others just need someone who is willing to spend a little time doing seemingly simple things that help the wheels run more smoothly. (It’s frustrating when someone who speaks English and Yolŋu Matha gets bogged down in spreadsheets, when really they should be out on community recording audio programs about health issues!) We have volunteering opportunities available regardless of where you live, and that match a range of interests, skill sets and availability.
- You’ll feel involved and connect with like-minded people
- You’ll use your skills & experience in a productive and meaningful way
- You could learn new skills, or add to the ones you already have.
- You’ll be part of a team. Adding to the pool of people available means more programs can be delivered so more people can be helped.
- Get satisfaction from contributing to the lives of Yolngu people, and help close the gap
- You’ll be doing something you’re passionate about.
Current Volunteer Positions Available
Why Warriors has a CRM database of several thousand supporters and interested persons that’s been built over many years, and is continuing to grow. It could do with a little love and cleanup! We’re looking for people with basic computer literacy and a good phone manner who can help us sort through it. That way we reach people who genuinely want to connect with Yolŋu communities. It’s an easy and flexible way to help from home. (No sales involved at all, in case you’re wondering.) If admin support is your thing please contact us.
Grants and Fundraising
Finding funds to run programs that we know will change lives can be challenging. Why Warriors currently has funding from Prime Minister Cabinet to deliver Djambatjmarram.com; an online educational and English-learning resource in Yolŋu Matha.
All other projects and programs go unfunded. There are a lot of potential programs that are currently not being delivered. Yolngu want to run their own businesses and take control of their own health. We’d love to be able to partner with them so they can achieve their goals.
If you know of funding opportunities or grants, or have a talent for submission writing then we’d love to hear from you.
Pro bono barrister or lawyer
There are always many legal aspects involved in running an organisation. Sometimes it’s day-to-day matters and sometimes it might be bigger things such as land rights issues. If you have expertise in this area your skills would be warmly welcomed.
Equipment needs to be maintained and stored, especially before and after retreats. A handy, can-do, person is, well, really handy to have around! Likely just a few hours now and again, it could involve some lifting and carrying. Suitable for someone based in Darwin.
Co-founder and author of Why Warriors Lie Down And Die Richard Trudgen has been working with Yolŋu leaders in the North-east Arnhem land region for over 35 years. Over this time a number of projects have emerged that, when fully operating, will give Yolŋu people a real chance for a better future.
Each project has already been developed and in some cases was already running when funding was available.
The projects include “Getting Yolŋu into Business”,Yolŋu Online School, producing health educational resources, “Germ Theory Roll Out”, Cultural Competency Training, and producing educational programs for Yolŋu Radio.
We’re looking for project managers to organise the individual projects, which might include fund-raising and logistics. Project managers will work directly with Richard who will share all that’s needed, so each manager/s can get on with building the project from where they live. Managers do not need to know Aboriginal language, but we can give you the learning resources if you’d like.
This type of volunteering is great for people looking to work deeply with a topic of interest and is perfectly suited to self-funded retirees (single or couples) with a passion to help Yolŋu people help themselves. If this sounds exciting and you’d like know more please contact us.
If you’re looking for a way to support remote Aboriginal communities, but aren’t sure where to start or what you can do we’d love to hear from you. Even as strangers we can be connected by simple acts of kindness in the form of volunteering.
Reach out to us on 1300 501 795 to find out more.