Our Christmas Appeal runs from late October to mid-December urging Canberrans to show their support for vulnerable and disadvantaged Canberrans every year.
The Vital Signs Report, released on 6 November 2021, highlighted the high rates of poverty and disadvantage in the ACT, published by Hands Across Canberra and the Snow Foundation.
The report states that 8,000 Canberrans are living in poverty including more than 9,000 children, which is a highly concerning statistic. As the largest community organisation in Canberra and the surrounding ACT region, Communities at Work is committed to doing all that we can to help people experiencing hardship, including those who have found themselves in crisis for the first time this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, low-income families, and vulnerable and disadvantaged people.
Christmas and the festive season can be a particularly distressing time for many of these individuals and families as they face higher pressures than usual to put food on their tables and give gifts to their loved ones.
We have launched our Christmas Appeal earlier in October this year, as time is of the essence. The sooner we can start collecting donations, it helps us manage demand and ensure that no one misses out during Christmas. We support families with Christmas food and gifts throughout December so the earlier support can pour in, the better!
Now, we appeal once again to the generosity of Canberrans. Whether you’re an individual, business, workplace, community group, school or shop, help us help those in need this Christmas and bring joy to them.
If you are a group. you can host a virtual giving tree and collect financial donations online, which will be used to purchase food/gifts for those struggling. Or you can host a traditional giving tree and collect donations of non-perishable food and new gifts that we will distribute to those in need. Whichever way you choose to register your support, it will make a difference.
Or if you are an individual and don’t wish to fundraise, you can simply donate financially online, or even personally shop your gifts/food donations online and get them delivered to us. Every little bit counts.
Register your support for our Christmas Appeal by using the Get in Touch form here.
Download resources from our Giving Tree Toolkit here to support your Christmas donation drive for Communities at Work.
If you’d like to speak to someone about supporting our Christmas Appeal, contact us via email at email@example.com or give us a call on 6293 6500.