How to Help Our Partners
Written by Anthony Collebrusco
During this challenging climate, our thoughts are with the partners of the Don Dunstan Foundation’s major projects.
These service providers continue to deliver invaluable services to vulnerable populations in our community, and many have adapted their practices to protect their clients, employees and volunteers.
With many of us in the not-for-profit sector impacted in different ways by COVID-19, some of you may have the capacity to support our very important service providers.
We have made a comprehensive list of partners and their current needs with links to more information about how you can help.
Additionally, some partners are no longer accepting certain types of donated goods. These changes are also noted below.
Whether you are able to offer support, or unable to in these difficult times, the Foundation thanks you for your ongoing commitment to social justice in our state.
Baptist Care SA
Baptist Care SA provides weekly emergency relief food parcels to people experiencing homelessness. The organisation has created a list of non-perishable food items, including:
- Canned meat, soup, tinned fruits and vegetables.
- Cereal and long life milk.
- Pasta sauce.
- Shampoo, conditioner, body wash and deodorant.
- And much more.
Items can be dropped off during office hours Monday through Friday between 9 am and 5 pm at 11-19 Millers Court (off Wright Street).
Baptist Care SA is also seeking mobile phones (Android not Apple) to help connect those experiencing isolation with their loved ones.
Catherine House Inc.
The current virus threat means clients need more support than ever, and donations can be made here. Volunteer programs have been paused and in-kind goods donations are currently not accepted.
Community Housing LTD
CHL has compiled resources related to COVID-19, state-specific information, and FAQs related to housing and tenancy matters.
Housing Choices South Australia
Housing Choices South Australia has been curating helpful resources on their Facebook page, including a telephone check-in service from the Red Cross and a factsheet for older Australians from COTA SA.
They also shared Action for Happiness’ Meaningful May calendar, featuring daily prompts of positive actions you can take. Print it out and put it on your desk.
Hutt St Centre
Hutt St Centre is accepting food donations, including:
- Reusable, BPA-free water bottles
- Muesli bars
- Long life milk
- Supermarket gift cards
Clothing and household items are not currently being accepted.
Junction Australia’s Facebook page is curating ways to help local not-for-profit organisations.
OARS Community Transitions
OARS Community Transitions’ volunteer recruitment page is still active.
Australian Red Cross
The Australian Red Cross continues to support bushfire relief and helping those in need across Australia. It is still seeking volunteers. Find opportunities close to you on their volunteer page.
Blood and plasma donations remain vital in the fight against COVID-19. Travel and venue restrictions do not prevent people from giving blood, although the Red Cross encourages donors aged 70 and over to stay at home and self-isolate. Learn more about how to give blood and plasma.
The Salvation Army
As of 1 May, anyone entering an aged care facility for work or to visit loved ones will be required to provide proof of a current flu vaccination. Uniting Communities encourages everyone to get your flu shot as soon as possible.
Vinnies has announced that shops at Hawthorn and Kidman Park have reopened as of 18 May 2020. Vinnies Hawthorn shop at 21 Abbotshall Road accepts quality donations of clothes, bric-a-brac, books and household items. Clean blankets are also being accepted to help those in need of warmth. Social distancing measures are in place and volunteers have proper protection.
Women’s Safety Services SA