Melbourne Charities Who Would Love Your Support
I was recently asked by a guest on The Alternative tour for suggestions of local charities in Melbourne who could benefit from their support. Thanks to my work with the food rescue charity OzHarvest, I have a little insider view into some of Melbourne’s most remarkable charities, and the people who run them. Below is a list of charities (and just a few great organisations) who I think are well worth throwing a few dollars towards.
OzHarvest - Since 2004 Ronni Kahn and her dedicated team, now including me, have been saving quality excess food from supermarkets, cafes, stores and events, to distribute to charities. Get on board with the food waste revolution by donating here.
Lighthouse Foundation - Lighthouse Foundation is one such group who I deliver rescued food to regularly. Their work focuses on aiding homeless youths to get back on their feet through housing, support and care, they have supported over 800 young people in their 25 years of existence. Help them support our next generation by donating here.
Friends of the Earth (FoE) Melbourne - Although not exactly a charity, FoE still deserve a spot on this list, as they are one of my favourite organisations working in the area of environmental and social justice. If you have joined me on The Alternative Tour you would have got a small insight into their Food Co-op, as well as their campaigns like Sustainable Cities, Yes to Renewables, Quit Coal and Forest Collective. Help them out today by donating here.
Goongerah Environment Centre Office (GECO) - Also not quite a charity, but another organisation that I think deserves a spot on this list. Since 1993 the environmental warriors at GECO have been fighting to protect forest and its inhabitants in East Gippsland. Their work with groups like Friends of the Earth and Fauna and Flora Research Collective recently exposed illegal logging by the state owned logging company VicForest. To join them and continue the fight, Donate Here.
Father Bob Maguire Foundation - Some 17 odd years ago I had my first encounter with the incredibly comical, yet outspoken Father Bob when my high school visited his church in South Melbourne. Since that time he has gone from hit TV personality on John Safran Vs God and Speaking in Tongues, to being forced into retirement by higher Church powers. But, that hasn’t stopped Father Bob from his generous ways! If you would like to help Father Bob feed the hungry mouths of Melbourne with his mobile kitchens aka The HopeMobiles, donate here.
The Big Umbrella - Working with a philosophy that ‘every person should live free from poverty and exploitation’ The Big Umbrella works on the streets of Melbourne helping those in need of a meal, and a conversation at their volunteer lead A Real Meal nights, as well as supporting various international charity projects. In their 7 years of work, they have provided over 100,000 warm meals and friendly faces to those in need. There are various ways to get involved with The Big Umbrella including volunteering or donating here.
Melbourne City Mission (MCM) - From aiding homeless and/or disadvantaged youths getting back on their feet, to offering children and adults with disabilities companionship and aid, plus everything in between, Melbourne City Mission offer a broad range of help services to those in need. This year MCM successfully raised over $1m with their Sleep at The ‘G fundraiser, but they still need your support to continue their amazing work. If you’d like to help out, you can donate here.
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) - For those interested in helping out our new arrivals in Australia, I highly recommend supporting the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. Their services range from legal aid to work pathways, food aid, education, various forms of support, mentoring and much much more. If you get the opportunity, I strongly encourage attending one of their information nights to get a real glimpse into what they do and how you can help out. If you would like to donate to this cause, you can do so here.
Youth Projects - Youth Projects offers support and employment opportunities to young people at risk looking to re-engage with learning, and provides health care and assistance to members of our community experiencing homelessness and social struggle. Help them out by grabbing a coffee in Hosier Lane or by donating here.
OrangeSky - Receivers of Young Australian’s of the Year Award in 2017, Orange Sky provides mobile showers, laundry services and conversations for those in need. They now operate in over 20 locations around Australia and would love your help to continue to provide and expand their services. You can help out by donating here.
SisterWorks - I was recently introduced to SisterWorks at a Social Enterprise conference organised by the Goodsmiths. Their very inspiring not-for-profit helps women migrants, asylum seekers and refugees become financially independent and happily settled in Australia. Support them by donating here.
The Big Issue - Most Melburnians would be familiar with The Big Issue magazine that is sold by and for homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people around the CBD. You can help individuals directly by purchasing one of their fortnightly magazines, next time you see someone selling them on the streets, or donate and learn more here.
Seed Mob - I was introduced to the Indigenous climate action group Seed Mob a couple of years ago when one of their members gave a very inspiring and passionate talk at the Off the Grid sustainability festival. They have a vision for ‘a just and sustainable future with strong cultures and communities, powered by renewable energy’. Help them achieve their goals by donating here.