The spirit of giving: How to show some Christmas charity

08 Nov 2017

Want to give back this Christmas? Find inspiration from the following organisations, all offering inspiring ways to help those less fortunate in Fremantle and beyond.

WORDS: Jessica Zoiti

 

ANGLICARE WA

Anglicare WA is one of WA’s largest social service providers, best known for its assistance to homeless people, those suffering domestic violence, financial counselling and support to the disadvantaged, help with relationships and parenting, and crisis accommodation.

Much of the work the organisation does is funded by the State Government, but not all. Some services, including counselling for children who have experience domestic violence, and the Street Connect program helping homeless youths, are both funded entirely by donations.

With this in mind, the best way to support Anglicare WA over Christmas, is to offer a cash donation, rather than food or gifts, ensuring the beneficiaries get the items they most need, and which are most appropriate for their circumstances.

This Christmas, Anglicare WA is bringing particular focus to the plight of women and children suffering domestic violence. The organisation aims to bring comfort and normalcy to their situation through support, counselling, emergency accommodation and a little bit of Christmas cheer during a period that’s often particularly stressful and difficult.

All donations over $2 are tax deductable. You can donate online by visiting www.anglicarewa.org.au/donate

 

ST PATRICKS COMMUNITY CENTRE

Based in Fremantle the St Patrick’s Community Centre facilitates a lengthy list of diverse and holistic services ranging from food provisions (a small, dedicated team of staff and volunteers prepare around 80 meals a day for the homeless and needy), emergency relief, a day centre with hot showers, housing (crisis and transitional), health services, education and training, youth programs and more.

There are two ways St Patrick’s Community Support Centre is encouraging the community to donate this Christmas.

Firstly, those who are interested can compile a Christmas hamper, which will be distributed to those in need in the second week of December (to be able to do this, St Patrick’s ideally wants hampers by December 8). The hampers are intended to provide recipients with Christmas lunch so might include (but are certainly not limited to) canned peas and whole baby potatoes, Gravox, long-life vanilla custard, tinned ham, tinned salmon, shortbread, steamed puddings and large bottles of soft drink.

Alternatively, those who are time-poor are being encouraged to make a cash donation of $25, which will be used by the St Patrick’s Community Support Centre to put together a hamper on your behalf. To donate, visit stpats.com.au and press the donate button at the top of the page. Again, all donations over $2 are tax deductible.

 

FREMANTLE FOUNDATION

Established in 2010, the Fremantle Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that addresses the critical needs of the Fremantle and wider community by providing inspiring ways for people to give. Giving is easy and the Foundation distributes the funds effectively to those who need it most, aligning your donation with organisations that match your interests.

The Fremantle Foundation offer three ways to support philanthropy in Fremantle this Christmas and beyond.

Firstly, you can make a general donation to the Fremantle Foundation’s Vital Fund, established following the release of the Fremantle’s Vital Signs Report, which highlights Fremantle’s vital statistics and addresses local disadvantage across four key areas – the gap between rich and poor, health, learning and belonging.

If you’re looking serious to make a more significant impact, you can make a donation to Impact100 Fremantle, an initiative that asks donors to each contribute $1,000 annually. The contributions are pooled and then distributed as high impact grants to local charities and projects.

 

Alternatively, you can start a named fund with your family or business. Starting your own named fund is a great way to get involved in philanthropy and make an ongoing difference to eligible Australian charities of your choice while creating a lasting legacy.

 

Throughout the year, The Black Truffle donates food nearing the end of its shelf life to St Patrick’s Community Support Centre where 365 days of the year, a small team of dedicated staff and volunteers prepare around 80 meals – most of them free – for homeless and needy members of our community.