ACU is deeply engaged with community. We are committed to serving the common good and supporting the dignity and well-being of all people. Each year, ACU Engagement and Campus Ministry conduct five national community giving drives, in partnership with external community organisations that assist people experiencing marginalisation or disadvantage.

These drives invite staff and students to donate various goods, as identified by our community partners, to meet the needs of those experiencing disadvantage in our communities. Community giving is more than charity. It allows staff and students to connect to a need within the community, and for many, begins a pathway to further community engagement at ACU and beyond.


Welcome Bazaar

January: Help welcome our new students to the ACU community by donating good condition household items to help them set up their homes.

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Layers for Lent

Lent: Share the warmth of the ACU giving community by donating winter clothing and accessories to those experiencing disadvantage.

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Donations for Dignity

July: Donate personal hygiene products to support the health and well-being of community members experiencing homelessness or displacement.

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Threads of Change

September: Donate professional attire to help empower men and women experiencing disadvantage to achieve economic independence.

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Christmas Care Appeal

Advent: Spread some Christmas cheer during the season of Advent by donating food and gifts for community members experiencing disadvantage.

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