Meaningful ways to give back to our community this Christmas
Volunteering in your local community can have a profound impact on those less fortunate, and what better time to support those in need that during the holiday season.
The charities listed below are from our local community in St. Ives and the North Shore of Sydney. These charities are run mostly by volunteers and they do an important job of helping a wide range of people in need. Please consider supporting their work in any way you can this holiday season.
Friday Night Street Crew
The Friday Night Street Crew consists of St. Ives locals who buy, prepare, and serve food to homeless every Friday night in Martin Place
You can support them in a number of ways.
- Volunteering your time They rely on volunteers to prepare and serve food each Friday night.
- Alternatively you can provide them with prepared meals and snacks, a cash donation so they can purchase groceries or gas for their BBQ or you can place a Domino’s pizza order and have it delivered to their meal station.
See their Facebook page (link below) for information on their work and how you can support them.
North Shore Mums Smiles2U
North Shore Mum’s Smiles2U is a 100% voluntary charity which aims to bring care and comfort to the many children, parents and carers who pass through the Emergency doors of our local hospitals every day. They provide care packs to help everyone’s needs when disaster strikes.
This Christmas, you can support North Shore Mums Smiles2U in various ways, such as purchasing a gingerbread house, donating a gift, or assisting with gift wrapping at St. Ives Village (starting from December 16, 2023).
Sign up to help with gift wrapping at St. Ives Village - click on this link.
Dom’s Place – Hornsby and Crow’s Nest
Dom’s Place supports men, women and families who are experiencing, or are at risk of homelessness. It is supported by the Catholic Church.
It operates as a ‘one-stop-shop,’ an inclusive space where people can feel safe and connected. Some people pop in to get a meal, wash their clothes and chat with a social worker to address housing needs. Others come and play a game of pool, use the computers and connect with employment pathways. Dom’s Place direct those in need to, counselling groups and mental health support group as are available, as well as referrals to other services as needed.
You can support Dom’s Place in a number of ways including volunteering your time, sharing a skill at their weekly workshops or making a cash donation. See their website below for information.
Hornsby-Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter
The Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter opened its doors in February 2015 offering safe emergency accommodation and support services to women facing domestic violence and homelessness.
The Shelter can support up to 10 women at a time. Women who cannot be immediately housed can access the HKWS Outreach Program.
You can support them in various ways, including volunteering, making cash donations, and, from time to time, providing specific donations of clothing and furniture.
Men’s kitchen started on the Northern Beaches but now has a number of locations on the North Shore including Lindfield and Turramurra.
The Men's Kitchen provides a fun, safe, supportive and instructive environment where older men can learn cooking skills and make friends in the process.
You can support Men’s Kitchen by volunteering your time and working in the kitchen with the attendees helping them prepare a meal, and teaching them the ins and outs of the kitchen. All recipes and instructions are provided.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army helps around 70,000 households throughout Australia each year, making sure a sprinkle of Christmas spirit is delivered to those who need it most.
Sign up to wrap presents, pack hampers, or deliver toys. Alternatively, you can simply donate unwanted clothes or non-perishable foods if you don’t have time to volunteer.
Alternately you can purchase a present at K-mart and place it under The Salvation Army Wishing tree at every K-mart store.
I’m sure there are many more worthy charities in our area. If you know of any, please share their details so we can update our list..
It is also important to say that while charities are in the spotlight during the holiday season, they rely on support all year round so please consider supporting them on a regular basis.
Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday season from us at Elemental Health.
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