Give list: Queensland and NSW floods 2022
This give list provides a range of not-for-profit organisations working to provide support people affected by the floods in Queensland and NSW in February and March 2022.
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 in this list.
Australian Schools Plus
Schools Plus exists to help close the education gap caused by disadvantage. Schools Plus works with teachers and schools in disadvantaged areas to empower them with funding, coaching and resources to implement initiatives that will help their students succeed. Schools Plus exists to help students succeed at school, specifically students who face additional challenges, whether that be due to their rural location, socio-economic background, having English as a secondary language, or because they have additional needs. In the last five years, Schools Plus has directed over $26m in funding to support strategic school projects that help students succeed.
The devastating floods that have surged across south-east Queensland and the NSW coast have forced the closure of more than 350 schools and affected the communities of many others. Many schools have been submerged entirely, and it’s unclear when they will reopen. The Schools Plus relief fund will provide flood-affected schools with essential funding needed to keep kids learning and to support the wellbeing of students, teachers and other community members.
Byron Community Centre
The Byron Community Centre has launched an appeal to support the local Northern Rivers communities. 100% of all donations to the Flood Relief Fund will go towards locally based not-for-profits who are working on the ground daily non-stop to provide emergency relief and support to local communities. Your donations will go through the Byron Community Centre, who in partnership with Northern Rivers Community Foundation have a team set up to ensure donations will be 100% provided to locally-based needs. The fund will distribute the donations via immediate grants to the not-for-profit community organisations across the Northern Rivers region for the quickest and most effective support.
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. This helps keep food out of landfill and avoid greenhouse pollution. In flood affected communities in NSW and Queensland, FareShare’s healthy, delicious meals are given away free to front line charities such as soup vans, homeless shelters, women’s refuges and community food banks.
Foodbank Australia is the only Australian organisation that provides direct food relief in the wake of natural disasters. Donations to Foodbank will cover food, freight and resources to deliver food to the hardest-hit areas around Queensland in the coming weeks.
Foundation for Rural and RegionalRenewal (FRRR)
FRRR has a long history of supporting disaster preparedness and assisting affected communities to recover. They have two particular programs for the recent floods:
1. Strengthening Rural Communities–2022 Flood Recovery –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.
2. Disaster Resilience & Recovery Fund–DRRF –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.
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.
Givit is working in partnership with the Queensland government to manage donations directed to flooded areas. 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 APS Foundation giving fund is only able to make cash donations to Givit.
Good360 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. Good360 is currently supplying a vast range of goods to people from shelter kits, school supplies, hygiene products, and further down the recovery pathway, furniture and electronics.
Lismore City Council
Lismore City Council received a new DGR 1 status for the February 2022 flood. The Council is accepting donations for the purpose of disaster recovery and community support arising from the current Lismore flooding disaster. For individuals there are a number of financial assistance and recovery advice programs available for flood-affected members of the community. Lismore City Council’s Economic Development team are supporting business throughout the flood recovery process. The team is a conduit to help business owners and operators find what they need in order to recover and rebuild.
Orange Sky provides a service for everyday Australians to connect through a regular laundry and shower service. The focus is on creating a safe, positive and supportive environment for people who are too often ignored or who feel disconnected from the community. Orange Sky vans are fitted out with mobile laundry and shower facilities. Whilst people do their laundry, volunteers are on hand to have a drink and a chat with them. The volunteers are not social workers or experts on homelessness – they are empathetic listeners and great conversationalists. They are currently providing free laundry services to communities affected by flooding.
Red Cross Australia
Red Cross have been supporting people and families that have been evacuated and don’t know when they will be able to return home. Red Cross is providing vital humanitarian support to the people and communities including enabling volunteers and staff to help with evacuations, relief centres and outreach services and supporting people and communities to recover and to build resilience to disasters. They have been providing psychological first aid, Register.Find.Reunite. services and meet and greet services. Additionally, they have also been supporting COVID-19 screening services at these centres.
Rural Aid’s vision is that farming and rural communities are safeguarded to ensure their sustainability both during and after these natural disasters. Rural Aid provides support to farmers affected by natural disaster through financial, wellbeing and fodder assistance.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army Emergency Services are on the ground assisting impacted communities with the flooding. Teams are providing meals to emergency workers and impacted locals at eight evacuation centres. Over 6500 meals and refreshments have already been served at the evacuation centres by teams who are also being supported by the local Salvation Army corps. With floodwaters affecting access, many of these teams are working long shifts without reprieve as relief teams are cut off. In some places supermarkets around the evacuation, sites have been donating food to the Salvation Army Emergency Services so they can continue catering to emergency personnel and affected residents. The Salvation Army will be looking to transition into recovery work over the next few weeks and identifying what needs to be done long term.
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 is looking to set up a pop-up hub in Indooroopilly in South East Queensland and Lismore in Northern NSW.
Last updated 20 May 2022