North Sydney & Strathfield

Description:

Dress for Success Sydney's mission is to promote the economic independence of women in need by providing free professional attire and a network of support to help them thrive in work and life. Volunteering in the Marrickville showroom gives participants an opportunity to experience a hands-on ‘day in the life’ at Dress for Success Sydney. Volunteers will assist with a variety of tasks, including sorting and ironing clothing donations and refreshing showroom stock and displays, assisting volunteer stylists working with clients and helping to remotely style clients for the Outreach Pack and Send program. NB: This experience does not offer any face-to-face interaction with individuals experiencing marginalisation or vulnerability.

Location:

132 Marrickville Road, Marrickville

Cost:

$600/day or $1,000/two days

No. of People Required:

Maximum group size of 6 people (male or female)

Time Commitment:

Wednesday 9am-3pm

Friday 9:30am-3:30pm

Other Requirements:

N/A

How to get involved:

Email ACU Engagement: acuengagement@acu.edu.au

Description:

Good360 provides a way for businesses to donate brand new, unsold, non-perishable goods to charities and not-for-profits to help Australians in need. Their mission is to provide charities of all sizes and causes nation-wide with access to vital corporate product donations (without charging them a fee), enabling them to save money, and strengthen their impact. Good360 supports 500+ Australian charities who support disadvantaged Australians. Volunteers will work in their warehouse to sort, configure, label, count and/or pack the inventory. NB: This experience does not offer any face-to-face interaction with individuals experiencing marginalisation or vulnerability.

Location:

149 McCredie Rd, Smithfield, NSW 2164

Cost:

$30 (incl. GST) per volunteer.

No. of People Required:

Group sizes are usually 5-10 people. A specific enquiry can be made for larger groups.

Time Commitment:

Thursday and Friday, 9:30am-3pm

Other Requirements:

N/A

How to get involved:

Email ACU Engagement: acuengagement@acu.edu.au

Description:

The Infants’ Home provides early childhood education, care and early intervention and health services for children and families. They focus on disadvantaged children and families and look to address social justice and inequality. 30% of their onsite services are targeted to support children at risk, including from neglect, domestic violence, economic hardship, physical disability, mental health challenges, relationship breakdown, complex nutritional needs and other vulnerabilities. They provide physical and emotional environments that are socially just and equitable, free of any stigma, and that value the rights of all children and families. Volunteering usually involves a mix of physical indoor and outdoor activities to help maintain and support their operations. They have 10 playgrounds, 5 day care centres and extensive gardens, all within their Ashfield complex, that require regular maintenance. Sample activities include gardening, leaf-blowing, washing toys, cleaning out sheds, painting, constructing shelving, mowing lawns and covering books in contact. NB: This experience does not offer any face-to-face interaction with individuals experiencing marginalisation or vulnerability.

Location:

17 Henry Street, Ashfield

There are occasional opportunities to do maintenance or cleaning work at their Randwick facility.

Cost:

$250 for 5-10 people. Groups of more than 10 are charged an extra $25 per person. Meals and refreshments are included in the cost for the day.

No. of People Required:

Groups of up to 15 people.

Time Commitment:

9am-3:30pm (arrive 8:50am)

Other Requirements:

N/A

How to get involved:

Email ACU Engagement: acuengagement@acu.edu.au

Description:

Our Big Kitchen (OBK) is a community run, non-denominational, industrial kitchen where meals are prepared for distribution to needy people across Sydney. OBK offers a place for people to come together and cook for a good cause.Teams can choose whether they want to take the meals and donate them to an organisation of their choosing or if they would like to have OBK donate them to one of their partner charities and shelters, such asthe Salavation Army, St Vincent’s De Paul, Lou’s Place, Mary’s House, Rough Edges, The clown Doctor, Oasis Youth Support, Youth off the streets, Wayside Chapel, Jewish House, Caretakers Cottage, Several women’s refuges, several childrens refuges, Domestic Violence shelters, The Greek orthodox Church, Redfern Community Centre, Asylum Seekers.

The program includes:

– Arrive, snack on arrival

– Talk about OBK, team bonding, the people OBK supports, and relevant stories

– Cooking a hot meal

– Making a dessert

– Lunch Break (OBK Provides lunch, the participants will get a sample of the meal they prepared)

– Package meal with “company” logo

– Closing Talk and photo

Location:

Our Big Kitchen, 36 Flood Street, Bondi

Cost:

$80 per person

No. of People Required:

Groups of up to 100 people

Time Commitment:

Weekdays, 2.5 to 3 hour duration. Sessions begin at 10am and 1pm

Other Requirements:

Dress: wear closed shoes, and long pants.

How to get involved:

Email ACU Engagement: acuengagement@acu.edu.au

Description:

Meals plus Community Outreach Program provides meals, case work support and emergency food parcels for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Meals Plus is Parramatta Mission’s version of a ‘soup kitchen’, providing over 150 meals daily, from Monday to Friday at breakfast and lunch times. Showers, toilets, laundry facilities, case work support, housing assistance, medical referrals, on‐site financial counsellors and chiropractors, pro‐bono legal services and Centrelink outreach are also available to this target group through Meals Plus. Meals Plus also serves as an accommodation referral gateway and provides short‐term emergency accommodation assistance to over 25 people daily. Apart from Meals plus Coordinator, the case worker and a Cook, Meals Plus operates entirely on a volunteer workforce. Volunteer tasks are fully supervised and include: preparing food, cooking, washing up, setting tables, clearing tables, serving meals, setting out produce for emergency food parcels, cleaning up, stacking chairs and folding tables.

Location:

119 Macquarie St, Parramatta

Cost:

$2,000 (incl. GST) for up to 10 people

No. of People Required:

Groups of up to 10 people

Time Commitment:

Weekdays. Start time is 9:00am-9:30am; Finish time is 1:30pm-2:00pm.

NB. Bookings should be made at least two weeks before the nominated volunteering date(s).

Other Requirements:

N/A

How to get involved:

Email ACU Engagement: acuengagement@acu.edu.au

Description:

Foodbank NSW & ACT is a non-religious, non-for-profit organisation that acts as a pantry to the charities and community groups who feed the hungry. They provide approximately 200,000kgs of food to such organisations each week and rely heavily on volunteers to achieve this. They offer a very hands-on experience where volunteers will undertake physical lifting, packing and/or sorting tasks within their warehouse to organise food items so that they are ready to be distributed. NB: This experience does not offer any face-to-face interaction with individuals experiencing marginalisation or vulnerability.

Location:

Distribution Centre, 50 Owen Street, Glendenning

Cost:

NA

No. of People Required:

Groups of up to 20 people. The number of available places will be determined by Foodbank’s availability on the selected day.

Time Commitment:

Week days, 8am – 2pm (morning tea break included)

Other Requirements:

Volunteers will need to be prepared to undertake physical lifting, packing and sorting of food items.

How to get involved:

Email ACU Engagement: acuengagement@acu.edu.au

Description:

Create Foundation is the national consumer body representing the voices of children and young people with an out-of-home care experience. They support children by connecting them to people their own age and the wider community. They also provide access to facilities and events and create care packages for children.

Teams help decorate and write birthday cards to children and young people who are out of home. Create believes this helps support children in their situation by showing that people do care.

An induction is held at the start of the day, which includes morning tea, a presentation on the Create Foundation, a talk on the impact of this type of volunteering, instructions on how to decorate the cards and a safety talk. No lunch is provided but volunteers will have an hour lunch break. The day is flexible and volunteers can have small breaks from work whenever necessary. After induction, most of the day is spent decorating cards. Each volunteer is usually expected to decorate 20-30 cards (for a full day). At the end of the day, cards are collected, the area is packed up and volunteers leave.

Location:

12 Union Street, Parramatta, 2150

Note: Staff may apply to undertake the activity at an ACU campus

Cost:

$2,000 (incl. GST) for up to 10 people

No. of People Required:

 

Time Commitment:

Half day: 9.30am-1.30pm

Full day:

9.30am-4.30pm

Other Requirements:

N/A

How to get involved:

Email ACU Engagement: acuengagement@acu.edu.au

Description:

The Big Issue is a non-religious, non-for-profit social enterprise that supports individuals experiencing homelessness, marginalisation and disadvantage. The Big Issue run The Big Issue Challenge which is a half-day experience connected to their Big Issue magazine initiative. In the challenge, teams will be on the streets of the CBD selling the magazine alongside one of the Big Issue’s vendors. It is an opportunity for staff engagement, volunteering and team building while being in the shoes of the vendors. The teams will travel via train to vendor locations from the Redfern train station into the Sydney CBD.

Location:

Redfern office, 125-127 Little Eveleigh Street, Redfern

Cost:

$1,800 plus GST for up to 20 people and $100 per person thereafter.

No. of People Required:

Up to 35 people per session. The number of available places will be determined by The Big Issue’s availability on the selected day.

Time Commitment:

Week days, 9:30am-12:30pm

Other Requirements:

Volunteers will need to have Opal cards pre-loaded with funds for the commute. The cost of travel is not included in the overall cost of the Challenge.

Description:

St Canice’s Kitchen is an initiative of St Canice’s Parish and has been operating as a soup kitchen for over 25 years, serving meals to those who are experiencing homelessness and/or poverty. St Canice’s Kitchen hopes that those who visit the kitchen also come to receive friendship, comfort and respect. The Kitchen operates with the support of volunteers. A community engagement day is likely to be structured in this way:

9-10am - preparing meals in kitchen. Mostly sandwiches, sometimes soups.

11am-12:30pm – serving food to patrons.

12:30-1pm – pack up.

Location:

St Canice’s Kitchen, 28 Roslyn Street, Elizabeth Bay

Cost:

N/A

No. of People Required:

Groups of 5 or less. The number of available places will be determined by St Canice’s availability on the selected day.

Time Commitment:

Usually 9am-1pm

Other Requirements:

N/A

How to get involved:

Email ACU Engagement: acuengagement@acu.edu.au

Melbourne

Description: Teams undertake a variety of kitchen tasks such as rolling pastry, cracking eggs, creating sausage rolls and packing meals.
Location: Abbotsford
Cost: $1000 donation for Morning and Afternoon bookings ($62.50 per person) $750 donation for evening bookings ($47-$54 per person)
No. of People Required: 16 for morning and afternoon bookings. 14-16 for evening bookings
Time Commitment: Team books for one shift of 3-4 hours with a break in the middle Available shift times are: 1) Morning shifts: 9am-12.30pm (Mon-Fri) 2) Afternoon shifts: 1.15pm-5pm (Mon-Thurs) 3) Evening shifts: 6.15pm to 8:30pm (Tues & Thurs)
Other Requirements: Volunteers are asked to bring a clean apron and hat (of any kind to cover your hair), comfortable clothing (no sleeveless tops in summer), and wear runners or sneakers. Shoes must be closed in, flat and comfortable.
How to get involved: To organise a team session, please contact ACUEngagement@acu.edu.au with your preferred dates and number of people interested in participating. **Bookings required 2-3 months in advance and may book out over the year**
Description: Gardening tasks may include weeding, mulching, propagating, planting, harvesting and composting.
Location: Abbotsford
Cost: The financial contribution for a morning experience in the kitchen garden is $750 (plus GST).
No. of People Required: 10
Time Commitment: Shifts run for three hours including a short tea break. Shifts are Friday mornings from 9am to 12pm
Other Requirements: Garden volunteers need to be physically active and mobile to complete a range of gardening activities. Sun hat ? for all year UV protection ? and sunscreen. Sturdy, flat covered footwear such as work boots, gumboots or tough runners. A water bottle. FareShare can supply gardening gloves which are recommended for protection.
How to get involved: To organise a team session, please contact ACUEngagement@acu.edu.au with your preferred dates and number of people interested in participating. **Bookings required 2-3 months in advance and may book out over the year**
Description: Free to Feed is a not-for-profit social enterprise. In awe of the enterprising spirit of refugees, people seeking asylum and new migrants ? and appreciative of what they want to offer as new community members ? we aim to champion their unique skills and individual stories. Free to Feed?s advocacy is delivered through a number of food-oriented initiatives. We?re a mobile cooking school hosting classes, workshops, events and immersive food experiences; we?re also home to a growing pantry stocked full of beautiful spices authentically blended by our cooks in residence. Free to Feed is also the proud parent of Now to Launch, a food business incubator supporting refugees and new migrants to realise their culinary dreams. Free to Feed exists to: o nurture entrepreneurialism, o facilitate personal and professional skill development through mentoring and training, o provide an avenue for economic empowerment and financial independence o encourage self-advocacy, o open doors and broaden networks, and o offer vital resources necessary to achieving all this!
Location: Northcote/Thornbury Kitchen Workshops, or able to deliver workshops in your own home!
Cost: Joining a class starts at around $90 and includes tuition, ingredients and a delicious meal. Team workshops are priced on application.
No. of People Required: 1+ Join as an individual or organise a group booking.
Time Commitment: 2-3 hours. This is a one-off opportunity.
Other Requirements: None
How to get involved: To organise a team cooking class, please contact ACUEngagement@acu.edu.au with your preferred dates and number of people interested in participating. To join as an individual, please visit: https://www.freetofeed.org.au/

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