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Our volunteers are incredibly important to us – we literally couldn’t function without them. They help us with everything from campaigns and comms to admin and accounting.

If you’ve ever received a school dress, a campaign update, or a video from us, there’s a good chance a One Girl volunteer helped make it happen. They keep our technology humming and our shop singing. They make achieving our mission to educate and empower girls possible.

So we do whatever we can to make sure our vollies love working with us as much as we love having their support. Often they have something specific they hope to gain from their volunteering experience, like job training, new skills or expanding their network. We find out what that something is and do our best to build it into their role.

And it’s not all about work. One of the things we all share is the desire to be part of a passionate team of change-makers. So we regularly get together outside of work to share ideas and plans and let everyone get to know each other – especially the vollies who aren’t in the office much.

In the last few months, more than a dozen new volunteers have joined our One Girl family. We’d love to introduce you to all of them, but we’ll start with four – Ellen, Aditi, Raphie and Kobus. Their roles and work arrangements are all very different – but each one is incredibly important to our work.

Ellen-Ong

Our One Girl shop helps us generate revenue for our programs, so it’s important that it’s stocked with beautiful products and runs smoothly. As a store manager in Melbourne’s busy Chadstone Shopping Centre, Ellen is just the person to help make that happen, and we’re incredibly lucky to have her working with us.

What is your role at One Girl?
I help Tammy (our shop manager) make sure the online store is running smoothly and customers are 100% happy with their purchases. I come into the office once a week but the day depends on my work schedule – the position is super flexible which is awesome. I get to see some pretty cool stuff happening around the office too!

How did you come to be working at One Girl?
One Girl hasn’t left my mind since I heard [One Girl’s Co-founder] Chantelle speak at my high school in 2015. When the call went out the following year for ambassadors for Do It In A Dress, I knew I just had to put my hand up. I had some awesome opportunities and experiences as an ambassador – and I knew I couldn’t stop there. I wanted to be a part of this family.

At the beginning of the year, there were some opportunities for volunteers and almost immediately I felt my heart skip a beat – no joking. Flash forward a couple of months and I’m now part of the shop team and the One Girl family!

What do you hope to get out of the position?
Having worked in customer service and e-commerce in previous jobs, this position fits me perfectly. However, I didn’t expect to learn as much as I have in the past few months. Being in the office once a week has also given me insight into how One Girl operates – which couldn’t be any more exciting. I’m also excited about making meaningful connections with volunteers, the core team at the office and fundraisers!

What 3 things do we need to know, to know the ‘real’ you?
1. I am obsessed with dog-spotting. As funny as it sounds, all you do is walk around or sit in a park and spot cute dogs. It’s simple but pure genius!
2. Discovering UberEats was the best and worst part of my life. Pancake Parlour now delivers 24/7, so having that option to eat pancakes at 3 am is really testing my strength and will. (Also, they now deliver within the city which means I’ll be tested at home and at uni!)
3. Music concerts and festivals are my scene. It’s a testament to good times, vibes and tunes! Not to mention, I have made some pretty awesome friends at some events :)

If you had a superpower what would it be?
It would definitely have to be the ability to manipulate time – jumping to and from time periods or even smaller scenarios such as extending the day so I have more time to sleep – or to go dog-spotting!

Aditi-Chetty

Aditi is a super smart Melbourne Uni Commerce student. She was keen to find a finance role in the not-for-profit sector where she could apply the skills she’s learning at uni – and she found us! Alli, our Finance Manager, is loving having someone else in the office who speaks spreadsheets! And Aditi isn’t just smart – she’s also a gun on the hockey field.

What is your role at One Girl?
I’m the Volunteer Finance Assistant. This role mainly involves working with the Finance Manager (Alli) and liaising with the fundraising team. I come into the office once a week to enter donations into the Salesforce program and generate reports and data via programs like Xero and Excel. The role has taught me a lot about using data in Excel and interpreting financial reports and month-end data.

How did you come to be working at One Girl?
I found out about One Girl when the staff at my other job (Kinfolk cafe) did a week of “Do It In A Dress”. Working at Kinfolk opened my eyes to how rewarding the not-for-profit sector can be. I applied to One Girl so I could work with like-minded, passionate people to create social impact. I absolutely love what One Girl stands for and thoroughly believe that every single girl on this planet has a right to a basic education.

What do you hope to get out of the position?
I am so thrilled to learn from the fantastic people at One Girl and hope I can gain a deeper understanding of how my Degree in Commerce can be applied to the non-profit/social enterprise sector.

What 3 things do we need to know to know the ‘real’ you?
1. I think I have a bottomless pit instead of a stomach! I am constantly either eating or hungry.
2. I’m forever making ‘terrible’ jokes. (Well, my friends think that they’re terrible but I honestly have no idea what they’re talking about!)
3. The people in my life are a constant source of inspiration for me. I learn so much from every one of them and aspire to be just as hardworking, passionate and talented as they are.

If you had a superpower what would it be?
This is a hard one! On one hand, I really want to say something selfless like ‘my ideal superpower would be the ability to fix all of the world’s problems’, but the small girl in me still yearns for the day that I will be able to fly!

Raphie

Raphie came to us from the world of corporate accounting and procurement. She’d been a One Girl supporter for a while and wanted to have a closer look from the inside. So when she became a new mum she decided to volunteer with us in a role that makes use of her fantastic eye for detail and leaves time for lots of cuddles with baby Carmen, who comes in too. We love seeing her smiling face each week – and Raphie is pretty cute too!

What is your role at One Girl?
I’m a Packing Ninja, so I process the orders in One Girl’s online store. That means making sure the right goods are sent to the right person in a timely manner. There are four Packing Ninjas and each of us comes in once a week for half a day. With this role, I get to see and handle all the beautiful goodies on offer on the online store first hand!

How did you come to be working at One Girl?
Last year, my husband and I decided to support a charity and agreed that girls’ education was important to us. One Girl’s values aligned with ours and it was a Melbourne based charity – that sealed the deal for us. I was pregnant at the time we made the decision to support One Girl. A few months later I saw volunteer positions advertised on the One Girl Facebook page. I was (and still am) on maternity leave, so I decided to apply.

I bring my little one with me and I am very grateful the One Girl team has been happy to accommodate Baby Ninja over the past few months.

What do you hope to get out of the position?
Volunteering for One Girl not only gives me a good reason to get out of the house but it also gives me the opportunity to be exposed to the not-for-profit sector which I didn’t know much about. I meet interesting people, build new relationships and get the satisfaction of supporting a cause I truly believe in.

What are 3 things we need to know to know the real you?
1. I’m definitely a crazy cat lady (and proud to be)! I have a cat and love everything cat related.
2. Nutella is part of my daily nutritious breakfast. To me, muesli is punishment and Vegemite is a death sentence!
3. There’s no better feeling than being in nature, in the middle of nowhere, with no phone reception. To me – that’s freedom.

If you had a superpower what would it be?
If I had a superpower, it would be the power of healing. I would help ease the pain of people suffering from serious illnesses. How great would it be if cancer, Alzheimer’s, AIDs, etc. were history?

Kobus

We bet you were starting to think there are no boys working at One Girl! Admittedly they are out-numbered, (and we’re definitely keen to redress that). But Kobus has been with us for over a year, using his expert skills to keep our systems purring.

What is your role at One Girl?
I manage the email and storage accounts used by One Girl staff and volunteers. I mostly work with Morgan (CEO) and Sharni (HR and Community Manager) – but because I work full time, I’m not actually in the office very often. I try my best to attend the monthly volunteer meetings though.

How did you come to be working at One Girl?
A colleague and friend of mine introduced me to One Girl. I checked their website from time to time for volunteer opportunities and applied when they advertised for an IT related role. That was last year in March, and I’ve been here ever since!

What do you hope to get out of the position?
I’m hoping to expand my experience in volunteer work. It’s very satisfying to know I can, in some small way, contribute the amazing work One Girl does. I also have the opportunity to work with technologies I haven’t used before like Google Apps.

What 3 things do we need to know, to know the ‘real’ you?
1. I’m a very quiet person at first glance, but I love adventure and thrilling experiences. I’ve conquered Mount Kilimanjaro, skydived, jumped off the SkyTower in New Zealand and have been racing car driving.
2. I was born in South Africa and lived there for most of my life. I only moved to Australia after I finished my secondary education, 10 years ago.
3. I write with my right hand but kick a ball with my left foot

If you had a superpower what would it be?
I am not sure if it counts as a superpower, but it would be amazing to have the ability to travel through time (obviously being mindful not to step on any butterflies in the process).

Pretty impressive huh? And that’s just four of them. Imagine a whole team of amazing people like them! All in all, we feel like we’ve got something seriously extraordinary going on, and that’s something you can be a part of too.

We’re always looking for motivated people to join us, and we regularly advertise new volunteer positions. One of them could be perfect for you!

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