Given we’re in Volunteer Month, we wanted to highlight a number of worthy causes or projects that you could help with this month – either by donation of your time, excess goods, money or food.
Here are the projects and feel free to click the link to go to the specific section:
- Home Care Heroes - connects people who are isolated due to disability, age, illness or injury, with extraordinary people, called Heroes.
- Winter Warmer Appeal - Promotion to help find clothes for the Homeless
- Westpac Foundation – National Grants available up to $10,000 for community projects.
- Pick my Project – A local Melbourne project also offering $10,000 grants for community projects.
- Spacer – Donate your spare space or car park
Home Care Heroes was founded by a husband and wife to connect people who are unwell or lonely due to ageing, illness or disability can connect with reliable, dynamic, fun-loving companions (a.k.a. “Heroes”). Essentially, their goal is to empower people who are socially isolated. Their Heroes do this by keeping their members engaged and — most importantly — having fun!
The community response to Home Care Heroes has been so inspiring. In Sydney alone, more than 3,500 people already applied to become Heroes. Every Hero brings different skills, personalities and languages to the table, so members have a real smorgasbord of Heroes to choose from!
Heroes provide non-medical services and companionship, which includes all sorts of good deeds — from dog walking to cooking to concert buddy. Heroes are “friends for life” in two ways: they offer lasting friendship and they help their members make the most of life.
Home Care Heroes are also NDIS registered. All Heroes complete their Hero Missions for a flat rate of $32/hour.
Winter can be a difficult time for many, particularly those having a tough time. Free supplies to combat the cold and often wet weather during the winter months can be hard to find.
A number of funeral locations around Australia have banded together with local charities to run a supplies drive aimed at helping thousands of unfortunate people.
Suitable donation items include:
- Gloves and beanies
- Blankets or sleeping bags
- Canned food items (6 month or more expiry date)
The Westpac Foundation are encouraging all community groups to apply for a $10,000 grant. The grants are awarded to grassroots community organisations tackling complex social issues and providing hope to the many Australians in our target groups who deserve more opportunities to gain education, training, and employment, as well as feel more valued within their own community.
We’re encouraging all Nabo members to get involved. Apply here or get your local community group to apply. Imagine how much of a difference $10,000 could make.
For our local Victorians Nabos, Pick My Project is a community grants initiative with $30M available to fund local projects. Come up with an idea, vote for your favourites and make your community an even better place to live.
From May 2018, all you'll need is a project idea to improve your neighbourhood and an eligible partner such as a registered community organisation, school or local council to help deliver your idea. Get involved at www.pickmyproject.vic.gov.au.
Over the past 6 months, Spacer has donated several storage cages in the Kensington area to Ted Noffs Foundation.
Ted Noffs is an Australia-wide non-for-profit charity, working to support disadvantaged youths. The foundation reached out to the support team in October last year, searching for space near Randwick, Surry Hills or Newtown to store their clothing donations.
As a marketplace, Spacer doesn’t own many storage or parking spaces themselves. Luckily, there was some available storage cages in Kensington to meet the Noff Foundation’s needs.
Arthur next to the donated space at Kensington.
We asked our friends at Pawshake if there were any recommendations they could make for organisations that our members could volunteer with.
With winter approaching, and homelessness sadly becoming more visible in our cities, Pawshake would like to highlight a couple of great causes. Pets of the Homeless Australia provides food, veterinary care and other support to pet owners in need while Ruff Sleepers is a not-for-profit which gets together once a month to provide a free pet washing service for the dogs of the homeless, free access to local vets, and to also just sit down and have a chat.
Both are wonderful organisations and now might be a good time to get in touch to volunteer. If you’d like to know more about both of these causes or about volunteering as a pet conscious person, check out Pawshake’s blog about homeless animals.
We hope this has helped a few of you get motivated to volunteer and help your community or given you some ideas on the types of organisations you could help support. For more ideas, have a look at your local group’s page.