For thousands of Australians who live without shelter or financial security, the winter is long and painful. There are a few organisations that assist people in need during this time of year. Here are a couple of ways you can support their work.

Winter Sleepout 2012

If you live in Sydney, Mission Australia will be hosting its big public Sleepout in Sydney’s Centennial Parklands on 04 August 2012.

For those who can’t make it, Mission Australia will support you to organise your very own sleepout in your backyard or local community.

The money raised goes towards Mission Australia homeless services located across the country to help transform the lives of Australians who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

For more information, check out the website HERE.

Give Blankets, Give Now

The Give Now website has a comprehensive list of organisations and both monetary and non-monetary ways you can assist them. The site is commission-free, run by the Our Community Foundation and supported by Westpac.

A good resource to help you discern the best way you as an individual can give, with your particular time, resources and skills. I personally would use it purely as an information resource, and contact the organisations directly in order to donate.

Check out a list of non-monetary ways to donate HERE.

Or take a look at the main site HERE.


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