Give list: Queensland and NSW floods 2022
This give list provides a range of not-for-profit organisations working to provide support for people affected by the floods in Queensland and NSW in 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. This is not an exhaustive list of the many not-for-profit organisations working in this space.
Australian Red Cross
Australian Red Cross is providing humanitarian support to the people and communities affected by the floods in NSW and QLD 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. Australian Red Cross are also focused on assisting affected communities to recover and to build resilience to disasters in the long term.
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.
The devastating floods that have surged across south-east QLD and the NSW coast have forced hundreds of school closures and affected the communities of many others. 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.
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 helps to avoid greenhouse pollution. In flood affected communities in NSW and QLD, 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.
Food Bank Australia is the only Australian organisation that provides direct food relief in the wake of natural disasters. Donations to Foodbank will continue to cover food, freight and resources to deliver food to the hardest hit areas in the coming weeks.
Foundation for Rural and RegionalRenewal (FRRR)
FRRR support some of the smallest, volunteer-led organisations who 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 has a long history of supporting disaster preparedness and assisting affected communities to recover. They have two programs for the recent floods:
1. Strengthening Rural Communities– 2022 Flood Recovery – Grants are provided (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– 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.
Givit is working in partnership with the QLD 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.
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. 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 every-day 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. From Tropical Cyclone Marcia in 2015, to the 2019 bushfires, lockdowns of COVID-19 and floods of 2022, Orange Sky is committed to helping people affected by extreme weather conditions and other devastating events across the country. Currently, Orange Sky is working closely with communities, local authorities and specialist organisations on the ground in flood-impacted communities to determine where the biggest need for its free laundry services are.
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 Australia
The Salvation Army Emergency Services (SAES) are on the ground assisting impacted communities with the flooding. SAES personnel are on the ground in catering trucks and trailers, providing meals and emotional support for those impacted by floods. Thousands of meals and refreshments have already been served at the evacuation centres by teams who are also being supported by local Salvation Army corps.
This work will continue well after the initial emergency response phase, providing support to ensure communities are supported practically, as well as emotionally, through the recovery and rebuild phases.
StreetSmart’s focus is on those who may have been already homeless or living in temporary accommodation, sleeping in their cars, living out of a tent or in other marginalised circumstances. They are providing a range of different support to the most vulnerable including;
- Household items support – bedding, linen, white goods, kitchenware, and tenancy support
- Emergency Relief vouchers – Bunnings, Woolworths, and petrol
- Food and meals support
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 26 October 2022