Volunteer

There are plenty of opportunities for you to do good in your community, from Cape Reinga to Bluff. As a Heart Foundation volunteer you can help us save lives throughout New Zealand.

As a charity we could not operate without generous volunteers like you.

Volunteer Area Coordinator roles

We need big-hearted volunteers from around the country to help organise our biggest fundraiser of the year – the Big Heart Appeal! Have you got what it takes to be an Area Coordinator?

Volunteer Area Coordinators coordinate the street collection in their local areas, both before and during the Big Heart Appeal (Friday 21 and Saturday 22 February 2020).

Learn more about the role

Volunteer in your local branch

There are lots of different jobs that can be done at your local Heart Foundation branch, depending on the time of year and the events we have on.

Some of the types of volunteering roles include:

  • Administration jobs
  • Help at events
  • Speaking at events
  • Fundraising

Contact your local branch for more information.

Share your story

If you’re living with heart disease, or you care for someone with heart disease, you can share your story with us and help others who are going through their own experience. Not only is sharing your story good for you, but it can help others on their own journey.

Share my storyFind out more

Give feedback

We’re always trying to improve the help we offer people and whānau living with heart disease. We’d love you to get involved with our projects to share your experiences and ideas for improvement.

You can help review our new tools and resources and offer feedback about existing resources. Find out more about our heart health feedback group.


If you would like to apply for any of the above volunteer roles, or offer support in another way please express your interest.

I'm interested!

What's it like to volunteer at the Heart Foundation?

Some of our volunteers share their experiences:

Carolyn Campbell 

Carolyn has been a volunteer in the Nelson-Marlborough branch for about eight years. She coordinates a heart help support group at a rest home, helps with information sessions, and distributes donation boxes to local shops.

“I really enjoy being out in the community, meeting people and educating them about heart disease.”

Sunny Naidoo

Sunny is a volunteer in Auckland. He shared his heart attack story for our Journeys programme and is fundraising for us as a Heart Racer in the Auckland Marathon.

“I wanted to share my experiences with those in similar circumstances and tell them that having a heart attack isn’t the end of the world. You can have a new life and a new journey. I also wanted to bring awareness to the public about heart disease.”

Judith Simonson

Judith is a volunteer in our Waikato Branch, providing administrative help to our Heart Foundation staff.

“I enjoy the 'drop in' times, where I catch up with the working team and with the other volunteers. The little jobs are never onerous and are always a help the team, or those in need.”