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Posted Monday March 23rd, 2020 by

We may be in lockdown and self isolation limiting our ability to help others but we can still offer financial support to those in need and who need us right now. Thank you to the Board for supporting Switchboard and Out & About to help deliver much needed supplies to the elderly LGBTI community in Victoria. Rotary connecting the World ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐ŸฅฐWOW!!!! Our fundraising goal to support LGBTI seniors was reached in less than one hour. A huge thank you to our generous and beautiful LGBTI community.

On Thursday we asked for donations to put together care packages for members of Switchboard Victoria's Out & About service - older LGBTI people / people with disability at risk of social isolation across Victoria. We asked for help after hearing concerns from our members that many people were not able to access all the supplies they needed during this state of emergency.

Followers, you listened and were super generous in your response. We reached our $500 donation goal in ONE HOUR. In just a matter of days we've reached $900. This means that we will be able to put together superb care packages for members of our service and beyond right across Victoria. These care packages will include essentials, some pampering items and important printed and accessible guides on where to get further help during the time of coronavirus. We will be able to mail these to over 50 people across the state from Warnambool to Yackandandah.

Thank you so much to all those who donated or spread our message. Thank you to the many individuals who donated including LGBTI community members, allies, Switchboard and Out & About volunteers, Kaye Bradshaw and Ro Allen (Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality) and to Rotary Melbourne South for their generous gift of $200.

We can't wait to tell you what happens next...
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We may be in lockdown and self isolation limiting our ability to help others but we can still offer financial support to those in need and who need us right now. Thank you to the Board for supporting Switchboard and Out & About to help deliver much needed supplies to the elderly LGBTI community in Victoria. Rotary connecting the World ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ

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Thank you very much again for your wonderful support.

You legends! Thanks for your support

Posted Wednesday March 18th, 2020 by

For anyone looking to help the homeless and less fortunate in St Kilda, this is a post from a St Kilda group Iโ€™m part of. John

Hi everyone,

I work at the at the St Kilda Crisis Centre on 29 Grey St. We are a drop in material aid and support service during the day, and the statewide after hours emergency accommodation service for Victoria. We also provide a lot of support to those sleeping rough around St Kilda.

At this time we have had to stop taking our usual bread and food donations, and the Sacred Heart Mission on Grey St have been restricted to giving out takeaway meals. For people sleeping rough it's a really tough time.

We have a limited amount of food vouchers (Woolworths vouchers) to give out each day and are running out even faster than usual.

If you would like to support those sleeping rough in the St Kilda area, please consider donating Woolworths or Coles vouchers to the St Kilda Crisis Centre (no cash), or other orgs that support the homeless such as Sacred Heart Mission or Launch Housing. This is a great way for your donations to go directly to those in need.

We have to limit client and other contact at the moment and are experiencing an increased volume of calls, subsequently, if you would like to donate please do the following:

โ€ข Buy Coles/Woolworths gift cards online - preferably in $10 increments.

โ€ข If you buy a digital card you can email it to crisisstkilda@salvationarmy.org.au

โ€ข If you buy a physical card or wish to post one, please address it to Donations - St Kilda Crisis Centre.

โ—ฆ 29 Grey St, 3182

If you wish to donate to other services please let me know in the comments and I can ask them about what address/email you should send vouchers to.

Let's take care of our community ๐Ÿ™‚
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