With a gift in your Will to Vinnies you can let your values live on – and help transform the lives of Australian children, families and communities now, and in the future.

Every day, people are helped and lives are enriched by the work of Vinnies in our communities. Meals for the hungry, toys for children, financial assistance to keep the heat on, an overnight stay in a shelter for the homeless, or a safe refuge for women and children escaping domestic violence, are just some of the ways that Vinnies strives to give hope to others.

Whatever the crisis, a gift to Vinnies in your Will means we can continue to be there, long into the future.

 

How your gift changes lives

Thanks to Vinnies supporters like you, we’ve been here for over 185 years, fighting to end poverty and injustice for the vulnerable and disadvantaged members in our community.

For a comprehensive overview of our work, please refer to our latest annual reports.

 

When you include a gift in your Will to Vinnies, you join a community of our most loyal and valued supporters

As a supporter of Vinnies, you are part of a community of thousands of people who believe that a better world is possible. From our specialist staff in our support services, to the accommodation we provide and the families and individuals we assist; our supporters, members, volunteers and campaigners, to the women, men and children we help to overcome poverty. Together, this is how we’re making a difference to the lives of people in our local communities.

 

“I have included a gift in my Will to Vinnies because, as a long-time volunteer, I have seen first-hand the good work they do. I have a roof over my head, food to eat, and a warm bed to climb into at the end of each day. I choose to show my gratitude and help Vinnies to continue their good work by way of a gift in my Will.

Together we can help change lives not only now but for generations to come”

- Doreen Kinsella, who left a gift to Vinnies in her Will.

 

 

What types of gifts can you leave in your Will?

There are a few different ways you can remember Vinnies in your Will. You can also remember a loved one with a compassionate gift. If you’re not sure which is best for you, a solicitor can help you, but here are the most common types our supporters choose from:

A SHARE OF YOUR ESTATE: Once you have taken care of your loved ones, you can leave a share of, or the remainder of your estate to us. This is called a residuary gift.

A SPECIFIC GIFT IN YOUR WILL: You can choose to leave us a specific item, such as jewellery, shares or even a property when making a Will. This is called a specific gift.

A GIFT OF MONEY IN YOUR WILL: You can choose to leave us a specific amount of money in your Will. This is called a pecuniary gift

 

Leaving a gift in your Will is easier than you think

Once you have taken care of your own family, a gift in your Will to Vinnies enables your values to live on. Your gift will show those you love what’s most important to you and how you’d like to be remembered.

Many people think that making, or updating a Will is complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. A simple Will can be prepared, or updated by one of the Honorary Solicitor from our referral program, free of charge, when you include Vinnies in your estate plans. Our Gifts in Wills team is happy to take you through any questions and provide you with a list of solicitors who participate in Will referral program.

 

           

 

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To find out more and download our Gifts in Will guide, please submit your details below, alternatively you can give us a call on (02) 8622 0387.

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Homelessness

With over 37,000 people currently without a safe and secure place to live in NSW, Vinnies provides short-to-medium-term accommodation, food vans, clothing and casework support for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

The Matthew Talbot Hostel Primary Healthcare Clinic is Sydney’s most recognisable and trusted place for men experiencing homelessness to seek healthcare and support, while Our Lady of the Way is a safe haven from homelessness and an escape from domestic and family violence for women, operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are just two examples of our services addressing homelessness. To ensure people on low incomes have access to a safe and secure home, we also proactively invest in social housing.

Your partnership with us will ensure Vinnies NSW can continue to work towards ending homelessness for vulnerable Australians.

 

Domestic Violence

Vinnies NSW has a range of services to assist women and children experiencing domestic violence. We have been working in this area for almost 50 years and in 2017 supported a total of 73,331 people. Domestic violence was one of the three main reasons people contact us. We work with people from culturally and linguistically diverse background, Indigenous Australians, women over 55, single women, women, and children.

We assist them by providing emergency accommodation, material assistance, rental assistance, financial management, advocacy, legal rights, court support, living skills support, support group and activities, Intensive referrals, community networks etc.

 

Community Development

More than three million Australians are living beneath the poverty line. People, through no fault of their own, are caught in a cycle of unsecure work, or due to chronic illness, are simply unable to make ends meet. It is heartbreaking that many of those struggling are children.

Vinnies NSW community development programs build individual and family resilience and promote meaningful participation in the community. We offer everything from education and skills development to schools-based youth development programs, to inclusive and accepting community groups, to casework support and counselling. We even at a local level we offer tailored support to ensure people don’t go hungry and can afford to keep the lights on. Vinnies conducts home visits and gives a ‘hand up’ to help get food on the table and pay utility bills. We also advocate at a policy level against the unacceptably low rate of Jobseeker Payment and the punitive cashless welfare card.

Through a meaningful partnership with Vinnies NSW, you can help stop families, and especially vulnerable children, from going hungry.

 

Emergency Response

The current drought in NSW is now officially the worst on record. There is a severe impact not just on farmers, but entire regional communities. Vinnies is doing what we have always done – providing a ‘hand up’ to those in need. In the past year we have supported more than 3,000 drought-affected families with food, water and necessities. This has been achieved through our own funds, raised with the support of generous Australians like you, and the Commonwealth Government’s $30 million drought assistance package.

Vinnies NSW responded to the catastrophic bushfires in northern NSW in late September 2019, and later expanded to support the many communities affected by the Black Summer bushfires of 2019-20 across Queensland, NSW, the ACT, Victoria and South Australia. Our presence embedded in communities across the fire-devastated areas meant that Vinnies was often the first to render assistance immediately after the destruction. We are providing assistance in the form of cash payments, delivering food, clothing, essential items, grocery vouchers, crisis accommodation, paying bills etc.

With your investment, Vinnies NSW can continue to support regional Australian families who are currently at breaking point.