Melbourne Places to Give Back Or Volunteer this Christmas 2019

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Christmas can be tough for more people than we think. Folks who are finding it hard financially, those who are socially isolated and homeless, and others experiencing mental health issues can really suffer at this time of year. So it's at this time more than ever, that your generosity is needed the most! It's also a fantastic way to balance out all the gifts and treats kids get for Christmas. 

The 13.2% of Australians who are living in poverty need our help, and we can get involved in a few different ways to make an impact in our community.

Thankfully, Christmas is the busiest time for volunteering, so there might not be many volunteering opportunities available. However, keep in mind there are plenty of charities that need help throughout the year also. Perhaps pledge to donate your time and effort in the coming months. 


SecondBite  is a leading national food rescue organisation, working with a range of food suppliers to rescue surplus and redistribute it to local charities and non-profits around Australia. These groups run food programs to support people in need in their communities. They currently need volunteers for food sorting and market collection and are seeking members of the general public looking to volunteer on an ongoing basis. 

Melbourne City Mission

Melbourne City Mission is accepting gift vouchers for children and families in need this festive season as well as accepting donations for their Christmas Appeal. They also have several ongoing volunteer vacancies.

Uniting Care Christmas Appeal

Target has partnered with the Uniting Church to support those in need this Christmas. You can get behind their Christmas Appeal by donating funds that will help give them a gift of independence and lift some of the hardship they are experiencing. You can purchase a gift and drop it off at any Target store, or donate to the Christmas Appeal online

The Smith Family

Children's charity The Smith Family have Christmas volunteering opportunities open now! Over 2,000 volunteers will help them spread Christmas cheer by providing toy and book packs to over 25,000 disadvantaged children across Australia. You can also donate or purchase a charity Christmas gift online.

Wesley Mission

Wesley Mission is currently packing hampers filled with Christmas treats for those in need. You can donate funds or goods to help Wesley Mission support people during the most vulnerable time of their lives.

Vinnies Christmas Appeal

Vinnies are looking for people to donate to their Christmas Appeal to help transform the lives of Australian parents and children who are struggling with the pain of hunger and poverty. You can also find out how to become a Vinnies volunteer.

Salvos Christmas Appeal

The Salvos are asking us to give back this Christmas by donating to their Christmas appeal, hosting a fundraiser, volunteering, hosting a food or toy drive, donating a toy online or buying a Christmas card. You can find out more about how to get involved and give back with the Salvos this Christmas.

Gingerbread Village

Head to Melbourne's St. Collins Lane this year for the amazing Gingerbread Village by EPICURE. Not only is it incredible to look at and a great Melbourne Christmas tradition, but all proceeds go to the Royal Children's Hospital. A gold coin donation will get you a delicious and fun-filled activity for the whole family.

Carols by Candlelight

Make Christmas for kids much brighter by heading out and singing some carols at Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl this year. All proceeds go to children who are blind or who have low vision. You can also volunteer for the event and join the team that helps bring the light to Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight - just submit your Expression of Interest to get involved.

Ronald McDonald House

You can volunteer at Ronald McDonald House or donate to the Ronald McDonald Houses in Victoria.

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