During times of crisis it is natural to feel a compelling urge to help. With the extent of the devastation our country has experienced in recent months, we have been overwhelmed with offers of assistance. Donations continue to pour in, and local communities are stepping up to offer support and camaraderie to their fellow Australians.
Here’s how you can support those impacted by the destructive fires:
- Check in on family, friends, neighbours and your local community and look after yourself first.
- Consider volunteering for volunteer involving organisations in your local community that will support the long recovery and rebuilding process. Your help will be needed when the immediate danger has passed, and affected individuals and communities are ready to ask for and receive assistance. By volunteering locally, you strengthen your own and your community’s connectedness, disaster resilience, and preparedness.
- Donate money to a national, state or local authorised, recognised disaster support agency. These vary from state to state.
- Pledge donation of goods on the Givit website.
- Refer to trusted sources, including formally recognised emergency services agencies. Their websites and social media provide essential, up-to-date information on the disaster situation and when, where and what help is needed.
- If you have pre-registered as an emergency volunteer with VolunteeringACT, or a similar organisation, for now please wait; you may be contacted if and when needed.
Thank you for your concern and care for those currently experiencing displacement, loss and pain. Their safety and wellbeing come first, and a coordinated response best serves their immediate and longer-term needs.
For further information about volunteering at times of disaster, please explore our website.
The Centre for Volunteering NSW is working with VolunteeringACT to ensure any requests for emergency recovery volunteers are coordinated and responsive. NSW residents who register to volunteer may receive communications and updates from VolunteeringACT and Emergency Volunteering.