Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

Social Capital: Kathy, Peter and Angela

For the last ten years, Kathy Brick has served as Palms’ State Representative in Melbourne. With all they do for Palms it’s only fair to consider the De Haas family Palms’ “force from the North”.

Social Capital: Andrew, Jane and Eddie

Andrew has been a wonderful on-call volunteer tradesperson at the café. Eddie is another who, with a call out of the blue, will come to Palms’ assistance almost immediately.

Social Capital: A profile of providers

Barbara’s first engagement with Palms started after answering a 2002 advertisement in her church bulletin where we were seeking office volunteers to assist with the administration of enquiries and applications.

Social Capital: A Profile of Providers

Volunteering for Palms did not stop when Bridgette returned and after settling the children back into school she was offering assistance again.

Social Capital: Is Palms Worth the Ask?

Returned Palms’ health professionals, who intimately understand the circumstances of volunteer placements overseas, always seem willing to assist departing volunteers to know how to manage tropical and other health issues. Many others also willingly give so much in-kind assistance to Palms.


As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world’s problems or, for that matter, to any problems. Inequality is the root of social ills. - Pope Francis (Joy of the Gospel 202)