Our community is facing an unprecedented level of uncertainty and hazard In response to the rapid spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). People experiencing homelessness need our support now more than ever.
For the 24,000+ Victorians currently experiencing homelessness, these challenges are more complex and acute when coupled with high rates of immunodeficiency, malnutrition and a lack of access to support services. Especially for those sleeping rough. How do you self-isolate when you’re experiencing homelessness? You can’t. And with many essential front line services scaling back, the usual supplies of free meals and support won’t be available soon.
The National Homeless Collective Emergency Relief Fund will support the immediate and ongoing supply, assembly, distribution of critical resources for Victorians experiencing homelessness through two existing initiatives: SLEEPING BAGS FOR HOMELESSNESS and BLACKPACK. We’re asking you to donate an hour of your wage as a suggested amount so these members of our community don’t get left behind. As a 100% grassroots charity, we raise our money from fundraising activities like sausage sizzles and events. We can't do that now because of the restrictions on large gatherings. This means your online donations are more powerful and effective than ever. Without your donation, our work will have to stop. It’s that simple.
Our SLEEPING BAGS FOR HOMELESSNESS project delivers thousands of brand new, high-quality, waterproof sleeping bags to people throughout the country. Designed based on feedback from people living on streets throughout Australia, and our BLACKPACK provides immediate relief in the form of a backpack full of food, toiletries and essential sanitary items - offering someone dignity, choice and crucial support at the cost of just $5 per pack.
As a 100% grassroots charity, with our major sources of fundraising (i.e. sausage sizzles and events) currently not possible due to health concerns and restrictions on large gatherings, your online donations are more powerful and effective than ever. Without your donation, our work will have to stop. It’s that simple.
Who are we?
Based in East Brunswick, National Homeless Collective is a First Nations run grassroots Australian charity that creates solutions to complex issues arising from homelessness, domestic violence, and social disadvantage. We achieve this by running six successful program that focus on and target a specific area of homelessness and disadvantage. We are five years in the running and have a proven record of breaking down barriers and supporting people directly, one on one.
We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we work, and pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded and this was and always will be Aboriginal land.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes! We are a registered national charity and have full DGR status which means you’ll be given a receipt for tax purposes as soon as you donate.
How much of my donation goes on administration costs and wages?
Zero. This fund is 100% used for the purposes we state. Buying sleeping bags, food, toiletries and essentials for people experiencing homelessness and extreme hardship. Like all modern day charities we do have admin costs and expenses however these are covered through grant funding only.
Can I come with you to hand out the sleeping bags?
If you’re healthy and have the capacity to volunteer, contact us at www.nhcollective.org.au! We do regular street walks to give out the bags. Just get in touch and we can have a chat about what you can expect and what is involved.
Can I donate a blanket?
Yes! The Salvation Army and St. Vincent De Paul are happy to take them any time! We mainly look after people sleeping rough, and they tell us that blankets just don’t work for them for very practical reasons as weight, bulk and waterproofing.
Can I offer a used sleeping bag?
Unfortunately, that’s not possible during the Coronavirus outbreak for health and hygiene reasons.
Do you take clothing and shoes?
We usually do as we sell these in our Op Shop ‘The Kala Space’ where we employ women experiencing homelessness, however due to current Coronavirus situation we have temporarily closed the shop.
Can my child volunteer?
Legally, our public liability insurance only covers those 15 years and over. Plus, we don’t want children being further exposed to the virus.
I’d like to know more
Sure! Head on over to our Facebook page or website www.nhcollective.org.au
- Jessy Turner
- Tim Grant
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