impact for women is a completely volunteer charity committed to making a difference to Victorian women and children fleeing extreme violence at home.

Starting as an idea in 2006, Kathy Kaplan OAM and twenty of her friends sourced donations and packed 100 hampers in a friend’s lounge room that were then delivered to a number of metropolitan Safe Houses which support domestic violence victims. impact has grown organically and now volunteers pack thousands of Bags of Love, each year for women in crisis refuges. 

impact aim to pack and distribute 2000 Bags of Love for Mothers Day.

When and where

ACU Melbourne and Ballarat campuses

At ACU we will be assisting by packing 300 Bags of Love for delivery to regional Victorian organisations assisting women seeking refuge from domestic violence.

To ensure we remain COVID-safe, we have scheduled a number of 2 hour shifts with a limit of 6 people per shift. Shifts are available from 10am-12pm or 1pm-3pm on the following days in April:


  • Monday 12th, 19th and 26th
  • Wednesday 14th, 21st and 28th
  • Friday 16th and 23rd 

Location: ACU Engagement Office - Level 2, 340 Albert Street East Melbourne


  • Thursday 22nd
  • Friday 23rd

Location: BAL-100-G-17

Impact warehouse

impact are also looking for volunteers to assist with the remaining 1,700 Bags of Love that will be sorted and packed at their warehouse in East Bentleigh.

There are thirty six 3-hour shifts available, beginning Saturday March 13. 

Visit the impact website to see the days and times they have on offer.

Location: impact warehouse - Bentleigh East just South of North Road Bentleigh East, VIC 3165 (directions will be provided)

How to get involved

Use the links below to register your interest:

Register for Melbourne campus

Register for Ballarat campus

Register for the impact warehouse

For more information contact ACU Engageemnt

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