Where to volunteer in Joburg

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Where to volunteer... We often get asked how to get involved in assisting organisations in Joburg that are doing much-needed work. This is not an exhaustive list and if you don’t see something in your area you can ask on your neighbourhood Whatsapp or Facebook group, as there are plenty of organisations worth aiding in Johannesburg. To read about our morning volunteering at the Rosebank Homeless Shelter click here.

The Rosebank Homeless Shelter

Tucked between the high-end enclaves of Keyes Art Mile and Rosebank, the Rosebank Homeless Shelter serves a critical role in the community providing safe housing, daily meals, and skills training and assistance to 100 individuals in need. Volunteers can give their time helping with preparing and serving daily meals, as well as collecting donations for the shelter. 

Dlala Nje

Situated in Ponte, Dlala Nje provides a safe learning environment for kids to be kids. They fund their foundation through their Dlala Nje Experiences, which are a great way to explore the city. You can donate at their website or reach out to them to find out how best you can volunteer.

Kids Haven

Founded in 1992, Kids Haven is a children’s shelter in Benoni that provides children in the area with a safe place to stay with a focus on reintegrating them into the community. You can donate food, money and clothes or volunteer by helping children with homework, serving meals or helping in their charity shop. 

Magical moments

Magical Moments offers children a safe place to learn and play. They help with homework, give music and art lessons and run a number of other activitivites. Volunteers can help teach and play with children and can also help with fundraising and events. 

South African National Council for the Blind

Being homeless compunds many of the existing difficulties individuals face and the South African National Council for the Blind helps those unable to see. Volunteering options include helping with events, raising funds, reading to the blind and taking them on excursions or by offering expertise to staff. 

Door of Hope

Door of Hope shelters abandoned babies and aims to reunite them with their families or help make adoption arrangements to find them a new home. Volunteers need to apply and then work directly with the babies and staff. 

Bienvenu Shelter

Bienvenu Shelter in Berea gives migrant woman and children a safe place to stay and provides accommodation, meals, clothes, access to health facilities, education, legal assistance, and support for other needs. Head to their website to see how you can help.


The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, commonly known as SPCA, is an international animal welfare organisation and has numerous locations in Gauteng, including the Sandton SPCA. They accept volunteers from 7 years of age and older, who do various tasks including animal enrichment, shelter maintenance, and fundraising.

The Animal Anti-Cruelty League

The Animal Anti-Cruelty League is another animal welfare organisation with multiple locations across the country, including its head office in Regents Park, in south Joburg. Adult volunteers must attend orientation and at least one volunteer course, where they are taught the basics of handling and caring for animals. Students who need to complete school community service hours can also do so here.


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