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Where to spend your charity dollars locally this winter

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Winter is a time where, more than ever, we feel keenly for those lesser off.

This year, after witnessing the influx of people reaching out for help in 2020, why not give a little to a charity or organisation that will provide a warm refuge, some dignity or a little bit of support to Canberra’s vulnerable?

Warm your heart and lend a helping hand with our list of local charities.


Sometimes when people face disadvantage, so can their furry, four-legged friends. ACT Pet Crisis Support provides subsidised veterinary care for disadvantaged pet owners in the local region, aiming to avoid euthanasia, surrender and the suffering of beloved family pets.

Learn more here.


Providing care for vulnerable children exposed to physical, emotional and sexual abuse, as well as neglect, exploitation and homelessness, Barnardos Australia believes all children and young people deserve caring families in which they can grow safely and fulfil their potential.

Canberra’s centre has been operating for more than 40 years, offering family support, out-of-home care and supported accommodation services. You can find out how to help here.


Offering legal services for people on low incomes or facing disadvantage, Canberra Community Law helps those struggling to help themselves, offering assistance with Housing Law, Street Law and more.

You can volunteer or donate to help them help others.


Canberra City Care provides practical help for people experiencing financial hardship, including affordable food, clothing and computers.

They also teach money management courses to help people budget without stress. You can donate here.


With a vision of a world free from violence and abuse, donations for the Domestic Violence Crisis Service go directly to support front line services.

Make a donation here to break the circle and change the lives of the men, women and children who are experiencing domestic violence.


Have furniture or other household goods you no longer need? Consider donating them to GIVIT.

With a never-ending list of what’s needed and where, thanks to GIVIT, thousands of donations have been matched between locals who have and those who don’t.

Give, list an item and find more information here. You can also give time or funds!


Looking for local charities to support but don’t know where to start? Hands Across Canberra was founded with the idea that community funds stay in the community.

Working with more than 250 community organisations, they offer permanent support through an endowment fund, giving regular grants to those most in need.

You can choose where you want your donation to go or make a general donation to Hands Across Canberra here.


Karinya House believes every woman who is pregnant or parenting should be surrounded with the support she needs.

Walking with women in Canberra and the surrounding region, they provide safety, shelter and a positive support network.

Find out how every donation makes a difference here.


Providing outreach in the ACT, Mobilise strives to provide recognition and functional care to the homeless, to educate and raise awareness to the broader society and to be a platform that creates change through connection.

You can get involved or donate here.


A load of washing can be life-changing for those that have nothing or are struggling to make ends meet.

By improving access to laundry facilities and providing a place for connection and conversation, Orange Sky Laundry gives hundreds of residents the basic necessity of wearing clean clothes.

Give, volunteer and find more information here.


A regular hot meal can be life-changing for a couch surfing teen. Thanks to OzHarvest Canberra, tonnes of quality food is reclaimed each month from local restaurants and supermarkets and redirected to frontline charities.

Give, volunteer and find more information here.


There are plenty of ways to help the Red Cross this winter. One of the most crucial donations they need is blood and plasma so if you’re healthy and have an hour or two to spare, why not donate?

Alternatively, you can always contribute to one of the many fundraising appeals that help vulnerable people, including COVID-19 response and disaster recovery.

Learn more about how to help here.


Gladly accepting preloved baby and children’s items, Roundabout Canberra makes sure they get to families in need through their network of community and not-for-profit organisations.

Working directly with social workers and social services agencies, they make sure every donation is available in a great condition to offer dignity to children.

You can donate goods or money here.


A mammoth effort on behalf of their volunteers, The Salvos strive to make their Red Shield Appeal the biggest it can be each year to provide services such as addiction recovery, homelessness accommodations, legal and youth services and more across the winter months and beyond.

The Digital Doorknock has closed for the year but you can still donate to The Salvos here to make a difference.


Access to period products is a basic right, but for many people experiencing homelessness, it’s hard to get basic necessities.

Thanks to Share the Dignity, hundreds of people with uteruses across the ACT can now take comfort knowing they are supplied with pads and tampons.

Give or find your nearest donation point and more information here.


Across Canberra, there are various street pantries that are always calling for donations to help men, women and children.

Visit the Canberra Street Pantry Facebook Group to learn what they need and how to donate.


Staying out in the cold when no one else wants to, the Vinnies Night Patrol is a beacon for Canberra’s homeless, providing warm drinks, hot food and conversation when it feels like no one else is there.

Operating seven nights a week you can donate time or money to Vinnies to help those out in the cold. Find more information here.


YWCA Canberra is a feminist non-for-profit organisation that has provided community services and represented women’s issues in Canberra for over 90 years.

Offering domestic violence support services, housing, youth engagement and more, donations improve outcomes for women, girls and their families across the ACT. Donate here.

Is a local charity missing from our list? Email editor@hercanberra.com.au to let us know.

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