Volunteer and goods donation directory

Donate time and non-monetary assistance

The following directory includes organisations that help people who are experiencing homelessness. People who want to donate their time or resources can contact one of the below groups directly. Many of these organisations offer training and, in most instances, experience isn't a prerequisite to help.

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Benevolent Society: East Sydney Home Visiting Service 

Volunteers provide regular home visits to isolated families with young children, who have additional needs. Training for volunteers provided, 1 day a week for 6 weeks. Pro-bono work from lawyers and other skilled professionals is appreciated. Other volunteering opportunities available online.

The Big Issue

02 8332 7200

Independent current affairs and entertainment magazine sold by people experiencing homelessness and/or long-term unemployment. The Big Issue is always looking for volunteers to help out. Opportunities include magazine distribution, helping out with breakfast cook-ups, media/PR ideas, admin, visiting vendors on the job, and a new Street Soccer program.

Bondi Youth Accommodation (BYA)

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Eastern Suburbs Community Youth Association Ltd (ESCYA) 

Volunteers teach homeless young people how to drive in a Mazda 2 car thanks to a new program, the Green Light Movement.

 

Volunteer tradespeople can assist with repairs and maintenance of community housing properties.

 

Volunteers with professional skills such as marketing, business development and accounting can assist by joining the board or by offering pro bono advice for specific projects.

Cana Communities

Urgently needs volunteers of all ages. Volunteers help with hosting clients overnight, cooking and household support in crisis accommodation, admin and clerical work, recreation and opportunities for vulnerable people to be a part of a community. Creative skills, including music, art, design and writing are appreciated. Training and support provided.

 

For more information on volunteer opportunities, an information session is held at 11.30am on the first Sunday of every month during the Market Day held at Cana Farm.

Care for Street Kids Australia

02 4226 5770

Mobile free food service in the Illawarra Region and inner-city Sydney for people who are experiencing homelessness.

Centre for Volunteering (Volunteering NSW) 

Volunteering job network and referral service. Helps to refer to some of the opportunities in your area. A free Bridge to Volunteer workshop takes place every Friday.
Eastern Respite & Recreation

With a centre in Rosebery, Eastern Respite & Recreation provides day activities for people with disability, including regular swimming trips to local aquatic centres. They are looking for volunteers who can commit approximately 2½ hours per week to help groups and participants during their swimming trips.

  • Wednesday group requires a female volunteer
  • Thursday group requires a male volunteer 

Contact Bernadette for more information:

02 8338 1866

Eddie Dixon Centre

02 9331 2646

Drop-in centre at Oxford St, Paddington for people experiencing homelessness. Volunteers help with meal service, general liaison and support to clients. Volunteer’s kit available.

 

The Eddie Dixon Centre accepts non-monetary donations including clothing, toiletries, blankets and food.

Exodus Foundation 

The Exodus Foundation is a registered charity that combats disadvantage in its many forms by providing food, educational, social health and wellbeing services without discrimination to those who need it most.

 

Non-monetary donations are accepted including non-perishable foods. The Foundation is unable to accept gifts of clothing and furniture.

Father Chris Riley: Youth Off The Streets 

Provides accommodation, support, services and referrals to assist homeless and disadvantaged youth.

 

Opportunities available for skilled volunteers, such as tradespeople.

 

‘Father Riley’s Op Shops’ accept quality, unused goods to help raise funds for important programs and services.

The Factory Community Centre 

Volunteers are required in the Redfern/Waterloo area to assist with events, workshops and the general running of the Factory. Volunteers with skills and experience in mechanics and engineering, music and art, languages, nursing, psychology and social work are greatly appreciated. Experience is a plus.

Foster House: The Salvation Army

02 9212 1065 

A crisis accommodation complex of 96 beds comprising a 20-bed dormitory and 70 single rooms. Payment provides accommodation, breakfast, lunch, evening meal and other foods for those with special needs.

 

Foster House accepts good quality, non-monetary donations including clothing and furniture.

HopeStreet 

Provides a range of direct services to people who are experiencing homelessness in Woolloomooloo. Volunteers are required to assist in the op shop, women's spaces and musicians to play in the cafe. Skilled pro-bono workers are also appreciated.

 

Non-monetary donations are accepted including food, blankets, clothes and non-electrical home goods.

Inner City Legal Centre 

Provides legal advice on Tuesdays and Wednesday nights by appointment. 

 

Committed and skilled lawyers with knowledge of criminal, employment, family, consumer and discrimination laws are encouraged to apply. Applications should have 2 years post-admission experience.

Jesus Cares

Mobile free food service. Please email Jesus Cares before volunteering.

Launchpad Youth Community

Support for young people. Donations accepted include toiletries, furniture, electrical goods and clothing.

Lou's Place 

A drop-in centre in Kings Cross for women and children. Volunteers can assist in the kitchen, with general admin or special activities. Training is provided. Donations of clothing and toiletries are accepted.

Matthew Talbot Homeless Services 

Supported accommodation for men who are experiencing homelessness. Training is provided for volunteers and criminal record checks are completed.

Milk Crate Theatre 

Works with people who have experienced homelessness. Seeking volunteers with good computer skills and a passion for arts and social change to assist with admin and project management.

Mission Australia 

Offers a wide variety of volunteer experiences.

Newtown Neighbourhood Centre 

Volunteers can assist at the information counter, computer hub, boarding houses and community events.

Oasis Youth Support Network 

Located in Surry Hills, Oasis helps young people experiencing homelessness.

OzHarvest 

A food rescue charity that seeks volunteers to help with fundraising, admin, food distribution and special events.

 

Non-monetary donations are accepted, food especially.

Rough Edges 

Community cafe that provides food, art, music and company to people experiencing homelessness.

SEEK Volunteer 

An online job network that is handy for skilled volunteers looking to do pro-bono work. Easy to search but not all organisations advertise volunteer positions here.

The Shopfront Youth Legal Centre 

A free legal service for homeless youth in Sydney. Volunteers are mostly law students or graduates. Opportunities also exist for volunteers with a social or youth work background.

St Paul's Mission 

Mobile free food service for people who are experiencing homelessness. Please contact the mission before volunteering.

St Vincent de Paul 

Several opportunities exist to match skills and background.

Sydney Street Choir 

Connects with and inspires those experiencing homelessness through creating music and performance. Volunteers can help manage admin, financial, legal and marketing needs. Welfare and musical support is welcome.

Sydney Streetlevel Mission

02 9360 1710

Provides a variety of programs and services. Volunteer work for a range of skill bases is available.

Twenty10 incorporating GLCS NSW

Support services for young people of diverse sexes, genders and sexualities.

Volunteers can assist with youth programs and counselling.

The Wayside Chapel 

Drop-in centre in Kings Cross that provides food, companionship, basic assistance and referrals. Volunteers can assist with a wide range of programs.

Welfare Rights Centre

Provides legal advice and assistance to people with welfare concerns. Volunteers are generally made up of law students and other interested members of the community.

Wesley Mission 

A large organisation that provides a range of services to people who are homeless as well as various opportunities for volunteers.

Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Women’s Legal Centre 

A community legal centre for Aboriginal women, children, and young people living in NSW.

Women's and Girls' Emergency Centre 

Drop-in centre for women and children experiencing homelessness in the inner city. The centre accepts non-monetary donations including good quality clothing.

The Women's Space: HopeStreet 

Female volunteers are required to build supportive relationships with women in the sex industry.

Last updated: Friday, 15 August 2014