Vinnies Bushfire Appeal: How we're helping

23 January Update

During the bushfire crisis, Vinnies volunteers are on the ground in hundreds of communities across the country, helping people as they deal with the immediate aftermath of fires. Our volunteers live and work in the impacted communities and will stay alongside those people affected for the long months of recovery ahead.

Vinnies has distributed more than $2.4 million nationally with a further $250,000 already processed for distribution in the coming days – totalling $2.65million from the Vinnies Bushfire Appeal funds. In addition, we have disbursed significant amounts of material goods including food, water, clothing and bedding from our Vinnies stores.

Thanks to the generosity of everyone who has donated, our volunteers have been able to provide immediate assistance including:

  • providing food, clothing, essential items and grocery vouchers for people who have lost everything;
  • giving urgent cash payments to affected families and paying household bills as people work through the recovery process; 
  • directly supporting with crisis accommodation through our own services or making referrals onto a range of other organisations and specialised services; and
  • giving much-needed emotional support and counselling.

If you have been affected by bushfires, please call 13 18 12 for assistance.

For more information you can read our media release.