Following record rainfall and multiple flood events throughout 2022, residents in Victoria and Tasmania are the latest to be hit with a flooding disaster. The waters have risen, the ground is saturated, and rivers are overflowing. This follows the devastating impacts of flooding on hundreds of thousands of Australians across the East coast this year.
The list below details charities working to provide assistance to flood-affected communities in Victoria following the October 2022 floods.
While the entities listed below are all known to APS, we do not conduct a detailed analysis of their financial position and governance ahead of their inclusion. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of the many organisations working in this space.
Australian Red Cross
Red Cross is providing humanitarian support to the people and communities affected by the floods in Victoria by enabling volunteers and staff to help with evacuations, relief centres, emergency food relief and outreach services. They are also supporting people and communities to recover and to build resilience to disasters by providing psychological first aid, Register.Find.Reunite. services and meet and greet services.
In Victoria, Red Cross currently has a presence in Emergency Relief Centres located at the Skipton Reserve, Bendigo Showgrounds, Shepparton Showgrounds, Deakin Reserve Shepparton, Maribyrnong Community Centre (recovery and outreach), Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre, Wycheproof College, Tatura Ballantyne Centre, Creswick Recovery Centre, Swan Hill and Mickelham Resilience Centre.
FareShare Australia Incorporated
FareShare operates Australia’s largest charity kitchens in Melbourne and Brisbane, where their chefs and volunteers work hand in hand to cook the best possible meal for every person. FareShare uses surplus, quality food from supermarkets, farmers and other businesses that would otherwise go to waste. FareShare’s healthy, meals are given away free to front line charities such as soup vans, homeless shelters, women’s refuges and community food banks
Shepparton FoodCare has already distributed around 3,000 meals on the ground to assist. Given charities on the ground are requesting healthy, ready-to-eat meals for people who do not have facilities to cook for themselves, FareShare are adding extra shifts to cook thousands of additional meals for people affected by the floods.
Foodbank has already sent thousands of hampers to the Shepparton area and continues to collaborate with the Red Cross to deliver personal care hampers and clean up kits to those directly affected by the floods. The need for ready-to-eat meals has also depleted their stocks of these items – and rather than wait for donations Foodbank need to purchase these for immediate turnaround.
Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)
FRRR is preparing to support the recovery of flood-affected communities in Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania. Their focus is on medium to long-term recovery, and they have three funds that provide support:
- Strengthening Rural Communities – providing grants (typically up to $10,000) to not-for-profits to support their community’s recovery from the floods. This is a broad and flexible program that is open all year round, with grants assessed and announced quarterly. Donations received by FRRR to this program will be for community groups in flood-impacted areas and disseminated out over the coming years, as they recover.
- Disaster Resilience and Recovery Fund – donations are pooled and invested to ensure that remote, rural and regional communities affected by natural disasters can access flexible, fit-for-purpose funding to support local preparedness and recovery efforts when it’s needed. FRRR support some of the smallest, volunteer-led organisations that provide a vital role across their community. They also seek to support communities over the medium-long term, well after the floodwaters have receded.
- Central Victoria Fund – where any money donated will be specifically set aside for and directed to Central Victoria recovery projects and grants.
Givit is managing direct donations directed to flooded areas and specifically towards the unfolding disaster in Victoria. They are collecting donations for the purchase of new household items as well as coordinating public donations of goods-in-kind (including clothing, furniture, tools) across Australia.
Please note that a PAF or giving fund is only able to make cash donations to Givit.
360 delivers free, brand-new goods to charities, schools and community organisations around Australia servicing vulnerable populations. They work with member charities and schools to help get the right goods, to the right people at the right time during all stages of a disaster, providing hope and dignity to people adversely impacted.
Their flood appeal is supporting flood affected communities in Victoria, Tasmania and those who are still recovering from the previous floods in Queensland and NSW.
Good360 is currently supplying a vast range of goods to people from mops & buckets, shelter kits, school supplies, hygiene products, and further down the recovery pathway, furniture, homewares and electronics to help rebuild.
Greater Shepparton Foundation
The Greater Shepparton Foundation has been listening to its community, emergency services and first response agencies, and is building a picture of the unprecedented scale of this flood as it unfolds.
In response, the Shepparton Community Flood Emergency campaign has been established for the purpose of raising funds to support the immediate needs of residents of Greater Shepparton.
Rural Aid is helping farmers across Victoria, New South Wales, and Tasmania as they face devastating, widespread flooding.
Rural Aid’s team of counsellors are conducting welfare checks on Rural Aid’s registered farmers as floods hit particularly hard in Victoria’s north. They are sharing their dedicated counselling phoneline with the thousands of farmers in impacted regions and, where safe to do so, mobilising its counsellors to offer one-on-one emotional support to producers on-farm.
Farmers registered with Rural Aid can access counselling support and request financial assistance and fodder for livestock.
In an ethical response to fashion waste and towards dignity and hope for a better tomorrow, Thread Together is Australia’s highest ethical response to fashion excess. The organisation diverts end-of-line, new clothing apparel and footwear from landfill and redistributes it through a network of charities and social service agencies to Australians in need around the country using their online wardrobe, pop-up wardrobes on wheels and authentic retail ‘shopping’ experience for people in need-all at no cost to them.
Thread Together currently has pop-up hubs in Lismore in Northern NSW, as well as Indooroopilly in Southeast QLD to provide new clothing to flood-impacted residents who have lost everything. They have been on the ground since March this year, helping to restore dignity to thousands of people without access to essential clothing. They are also about deploy their pop-up wardrobes on wheels to Moama on the NSW border and into Echuca, Rochester and Shepparton in Victoria.
Last updated 27 October 2022