Aina Crawford

Aina Crawford, from Werribee, started volunteering as part of her training to become a typist. She found her first volunteer role as the Secretary of Hume U3A Inc. in what she describes as a huge learning curve, so much so that after 15 years she continues her volunteer role as Secretary of Hume U3A.

Are you currently working or volunteering? If so, what is
your role?

Yes, I am currently Secretary of Hume U3A Inc. and the Australian Cartoon Museum Inc. and Treasurer of Goss Community Choir. 


Why did you first decide to volunteer?

From a very early age I wanted to be a typist. I hadn’t worked in an office for about 13 years and missed the typing. When Hume U3A needed a Secretary in June 1999 I was told that their meetings were on the second Tuesday of every month and I thought that wouldn’t entail too much commitment. The first year I only took the minutes. The Committee gave me a laptop to use for minutes and I was typing again. I had to learn MS Word and have been on a huge learning curve ever since. I have now been Secretary of Hume U3A for 15 years.

What was your first volunteer role?

Secretary of Hume U3A Inc.

Why should anyone volunteer?

To me, the benefit is a sense of satisfaction that a person gets just by helping out. Also, it keeps the mind and body active.

What can you say to other people interested in volunteering? Where should they start?

There are many community organisations that desperately need help. Keep your eyes and ears open to possibilities. Some municipalities like Hume City Council have volunteering groups. The City of Melbourne has volunteers who take groups on tours around the CBD. If this appeals to you go to the Information Centre at Federation Square or find your local U3A University of the Third Age, help is always appreciated.

Updated : 9:15 AM, 14 May 2014

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