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

ACU Engagement and Campus Ministry have partnered with local community organisations at each campus to ensure our donations meet specific community needs. Find out what’s needed in your community and have an impact this Advent season. 

Items collected on the Ballarat campus will be donated to St Vincent de Paul Society.

Using profits from the sale of goods at their shops, St Vincent de Paul Society provides crucial material and financial support to people in need all across Australia.

When to donate

For 2021 we will be collecting donations from Monday November 29 until Friday December 10.

What to donate

With the Ballarat campus mostly closed, we will be collecting e-vouchers instead of physical donations. These vouchers will be used to purchase Christmas hamper items such as:

  • Non-perishable food items
  • Toys
  • Non-perishable/long-lasting Christmas food items such as mince pies, powdered custard, canned ham and tinned fruit

We have provided some links to businesses rated A-C on the Shop Ethical website, however, you are also welcome to send vouchers for other organisations:

Don't forget, many of the popular frequent flyer programs allow you to transfer your points into a range of gift vouchers. It’s a great way to turn often forgotten points into real impact.

Where to donate

Please send your e-vouchers to acuengagement@acu.edu.au and note which campus it is for (Melbourne or Ballarat) and how you would like your voucher to be spent. We will endeavour to accommodate your request.

Volunteer with us

We are also seeking volunteers to help sort, clean and pack the donated items before they are delivered to our community partners. To register your interest in volunteering please contact ACU Engagement.

Contact

For more information about this initiative, please contact ACU Engagement.

Items collected on the Blacktown campus will be donated to the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS).

JRS undertakes services, accompaniment and advocacy at national, regional and international levels to ensure that refugees have full rights while in exile, and to strengthen the protection afforded to refugees, internally displaced people, people seeking asylum and other forcibly displaced people.

When to donate

For 2021 we will be collecting donations from Monday November 29 until Friday December 10.

What to donate

Non-perishable food items, such as:

  • Basmati rice
  • Cooking oil
  • Long-life milk
  • Tinned tuna
  • Red kidney beans
  • Lentils
  • Chickpeas
  • Canned fruit
  • Biscuits
  • Muesli bars
  • Oats and cereal

Toiletries:

  • Nappies (large sizes)
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Shampoo
  • Sanitary pads and napkins
  • Razors and shaving foam
  • Deodorant (male and female)
  • Soap

Where to donate

Ground floor, 22 Main Street Blacktown.

Volunteer with us

We are also seeking volunteers to help sort, clean and pack the donated items before they are delivered to our community partners. To register your interest in volunteering please contact ACU Engagement.

Contact

For more information about this initiative, please contact ACU Engagement.

Items collected on the Brisbane campus will be donated to The Romero Centre.

The Romero Centre provides individualised, culturally sensitive and responsive case coordination services for people seeking asylum. By providing welcoming and inclusive services they aim to restore a sense of dignity and independence for people seeking asylum who are living in South East Queensland. 

When to donate

For 2021 we will be collecting donations from Monday November 29 until Friday December 10.

What to donate

  • Men’s razors
  • Spreads and preserves (peanut butter, jam, honey etc.)
  • Washing powder and washing liquid
  • Household cleaning products (dishwashing liquid)
  • Shopping vouchers (for Coles, Woolies, Aldi etc.)
  • Cooking oil (olive oil, vegetable oil, canola oil)
  • Tinned Food (tuna, coconut cream, coconut milk, corn, beans, lentils etc.)
  • Hand-wash and hand disinfectant
  • Nappies (various sizes)
  • Toiletries
  • Sanitary products (pads are preferred)

Where to donate

Please bring your donations to any of the following locations:

  • Foyer area - Building (200)
  • Foyer area - St John Paul II Building (212)
  • ACU Engagement - Building 200 (200.1.05)

View campus map

Volunteer with us

We are also seeking volunteers to help sort, clean and pack the donated items before they are delivered to our community partners. To register your interest in volunteering please contact ACU Engagement.

Contact

For more information about this initiative, please contact ACU Engagement.

Items collected on the Canberra campus will be donated to Canberra City Care.

Canberra City Care provides practical help for people experiencing financial hardship through five main services: HandUp Food Care store stocks a range of affordable food and everyday essentials. The Harvest Garden and Kitchen grow fresh fruit and vegetables and create healthy low-cost meals. ReRuns op shop sells a range of pre-loved clothing and other goods at very low prices. The Tech Shed provides affordable computers and technical support. Christians Against Poverty (CAP) helps people to become free of debt and poverty.

When to donate

For 2021 we will be collecting donations from Monday November 29 until Friday December 10.

What to donate

  • $20 vouchers for older children (eg. movies, JB Hi-Fi, Smiggle, Westfield)
  • Construction sets (like lego)
  • Make-believe play (dress-ups, trucks, dolls, cooking sets etc)
  • Games (board games, puzzles, card games)
  • Sporting equipment
  • Craft or science kits
  • Beauty products for teenage girls (eg. curling wand, hair straightener, makeup sets, hair accessories etc)

Where to donate

Please bring your donations to any of the following locations:

  • Campus Ministry and ACU Engagement - Signadou (302)
  • Ground floor, Veritas (301)
  • Concierge - Blackfriars (300)

View campus map

Volunteer with us

We are also seeking volunteers to help sort, clean and pack the donated items before they are delivered to our community partners. To register your interest in volunteering please contact ACU Engagement.

Contact

For more information about this initiative, please contact ACU Engagement.

Items collected on the Melbourne campus will be donated to Exodus Community.

Exodus Community provides support to people in the local community of one of the poorest suburbs in Melbourne. The Olympic Village Exodus Community has been present in the Olympic Village, Heidelberg West since 1998, attempting to meet identified emerging needs of local residents.

When to donate

For 2021 we will be collecting donations from Monday November 29 until Friday December 10.

What to donate

With the Melbourne campus mostly closed, we will be collecting e-vouchers instead of physical donations. These vouchers will be used to purchase Christmas hamper items such as:

  • Non-perishable food items.
  • Toiletries.
  • Christmas food items such as mince pies and puddings.
  • Gifts for children up to 12 years of age.
  • Supermarket gift vouchers.

We have provided some links to businesses rated A-C on the Shop Ethical website, however, you are also welcome to send vouchers for other organisations:

Don't forget, many of the popular frequent flyer programs allow you to transfer your points into a range of gift vouchers. It’s a great way to turn often forgotten points into real impact.

Where to donate

Please send your e-vouchers to acuengagement@acu.edu.au and note which campus it is for (Melbourne or Ballarat) and how you would like your voucher to be spent. We will endeavour to accommodate your request.

Volunteer with us

We are also seeking volunteers to help sort, clean and pack the donated items before they are delivered to our community partners. To register your interest in volunteering please contact ACU Engagement.

Contact

For more information about this initiative, please contact ACU Engagement.

Items collected on the North Sydney campus will be donated to the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS).

JRS undertakes services, accompaniment and advocacy at national, regional and international levels to ensure that refugees have full rights while in exile, and to strengthen the protection afforded to refugees, internally displaced people, people seeking asylum and other forcibly displaced people.

When to donate

For 2021 we will be collecting donations from Monday November 29 until Friday December 10.

What to donate

Non-perishable food items, such as:

  • Basmati rice
  • Cooking oil
  • Long-life milk
  • Tinned tuna
  • Red kidney beans
  • Lentils
  • Chickpeas
  • Canned fruit
  • Biscuits
  • Muesli bars
  • Oats and cereal

Toiletries:

  • Nappies (large sizes)
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Shampoo
  • Sanitary pads and napkins
  • Razors and shaving foam
  • Deodorant (male and female)
  • Soap

Where to donate

Please bring your donations to any of the following locations:

  • Foyer area - Tenison Woods House (532)
  • Office of Student Success/AskACU/Campus Ministry common area - Level 3, James Carroll Building (502)
  • ACU Engagement - Level 8, 23 Berry Street (530)

View campus map

Volunteer with us

We are also seeking volunteers to help sort, clean and pack the donated items before they are delivered to our community partners. To register your interest in volunteering please contact ACU Engagement.

Contact

For more information about this initiative, please contact ACU Engagement.

Items collected on the Strathfield campus will be donated to the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS).

JRS undertakes services, accompaniment and advocacy at national, regional and international levels to ensure that refugees have full rights while in exile, and to strengthen the protection afforded to refugees, internally displaced people, people seeking asylum and other forcibly displaced people.

When to donate

For 2021 we will be collecting donations from Monday November 29 until Friday December 10.

What to donate

Non-perishable food items, such as:

  • Basmati rice
  • Cooking oil
  • Long-life milk
  • Tinned tuna
  • Red kidney beans
  • Lentils
  • Chickpeas
  • Canned fruit
  • Biscuits
  • Muesli bars
  • Oats and cereal

Toiletries:

  • Nappies (large sizes)
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Shampoo
  • Sanitary pads and napkins
  • Razors and shaving foam
  • Deodorant (male and female)
  • Soap

Where to donate

Please bring your donations to any of the following locations:

  • Staff lunch room - Edward Clancy Building (640)
  • Concierge - Ground floor, Barron Memorial Chapel, Edmund Rice Building (600)

View campus map

Volunteer with us

We are also seeking volunteers to help sort, clean and pack the donated items before they are delivered to our community partners. To register your interest in volunteering please contact ACU Engagement.

Contact

For more information about this initiative, please contact ACU Engagement.

Thank you to all who donated goods or volunteered their time to our 2019 Christmas Care Appeal. Christmas cheer was spread far and wide with thousands of items donated to those in need across Australia.

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