During this very difficult time for many Victorians St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria is mobilised and active. We are incredibly heartened by the kindness and generosity of Victorians wishing to make material and financial donations via Vinnies Shops and online.
How you can best assist:
Financial donations - All funds donated to the Vinnies Bushfire Appeal will be used to support people in need through our local volunteer groups. You can make a donation HERE.
All shops (except for our Vinnies Lakes Entrance, which has been closed due to the town being evacuated) are currently operating normally. Our shops are on call for providing material assistance as required during this period.
Material donations of goods
At the moment, our Vinnies volunteers are busy assisting people impacted by the fires and we also have people assessing the greatest and most urgent need in the affected areas.
Victorians have been so generous with their offers of goods. We continue to need high quality donations at your regular shop during business hours. (For further information please click here.
A message from our Victorian President Kevin McMahon:
“Please be assured that we will be with our communities for the long haul. We are active on the ground today and are working alongside other agencies, including the government-nominated first responders (Red Cross and The Salvation Army).
In Victoria, we approach our role as second responder, always with a long-term view.
Rebuilding homes, lives and communities can take many years and, as we have been for more than 165 years, we will continue to be here for Victorians every step of the way.
Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding.”
We will be in regular contact with our local volunteers and will provide updates as and when they become available.