From the 1st of February, Vinnies Doorknock Appeal volunteers will be hitting the pavements for the entire month to raise much needed funds for the Society’s emergency support programs.

The Vinnies February Doorknock Appeal has been running for over 30 years and is successful because of the dedicated volunteers who donate their time each year, and the generosity of the Canberra community.

Last year’s Appeal raised more than $300,000 which enabled the Society to continue to provide support to disadvantaged Canberrans. Each year the Society provides over $800,000 worth of assistance to over 3,000 people in the ACT alone.

The areas which relied most on the Society’s assistance in the last financial year were Gungahlin, Calwell, Narrabundah and Charnwood. These are also the areas which garner a lot of support during the Doorknock Appeal, raising over $64,000 between them in 2016.

This year will be Sam Palma’s 30th year volunteering and coordinating the appeal for the Calwell area. Being a Vinnies member, Mr Palma also provides home visitation services to support people in need in the local community.

“I see firsthand how the donations raised by the Doorknock Appeal help disadvantaged people in our community. They go to the single mum who has escaped an abusive relationship with her three children to help her buy groceries. They go to the young man who has injured himself at work, leaving him without an income and struggling to pay his bills,” explains Mr Palma.

“The money we raise goes straight back into the local community, helping our most vulnerable get back on their feet. There isn’t a better feeling, knowing that the money we raise will make all the difference in someone’s life.”

Each year Vinnies puts a call out to the community for volunteers. Last year they had over 1334 people doorknocking and covering 59% percent of Canberra households. This year the aim is to cover 70% and therefore 2000 volunteers are needed. “Volunteering is really simple and flexible. You get given an area of about 50 houses and it takes no more than 2-3 hours to complete. It’s something you can easily do with a friend, your children or by yourself whenever suits you,” shares Mr Palma.

If you'd like to volunteer, please call our Doorknock coordinator on (02) 6234 7347 or emails us at If you are unable to volunteer but would like to make financial contribution, you can do so from the first of February via our Appeals page.

If you would like to learn more about the work and services Vinnies provides, please visit
Our Impact page.