Lending a hand in Western Australia's Pilbara region
This year alone GIVIT has coordinated more than 50,000 donated items for people in need across WA. This includes nearly 100 items such as appliances for people in need in Port Hedland, and $5,500 in fuel and grocery vouchers for remote Pilbara communities.
GIVIT is working closely with Bloodwood Tree Association Inc., Hedland Women’s Refuge and Pilbara Community Legal Service to support people experiencing family violence, at-risk of homelessness and those in the regress scheme battling the consequences of institutional child sexual abuse.
GIVIT's WA Engagement Officer, Sarah Visser says GIVIT provides a platform for Pilbara charity groups to request everyday items that best support locals doing it tough.
Some of the requested items are mobile phones, strollers, nappies and clothing for domestic violence victims who have left dangerous situations with nothing but the clothes on their back.
For people on limited income with very little support, the task of kitting out a home is huge. So we’re using donated funds to provide household items such as towels, kettles and toasters for people who have been recently homeless and have been able to move into secure accommodation.
One of our first donations went to purchasing a washing machine for a woman who had escaped domestic violence and was setting up a safe home for herself and children. Being able to clean their clothes in her home helped restore and allow more quality time with her kids as she no longer had to wash by hand.
Donations crucial for people living remotely
Family Violence Outreach Worker for Pilbara Community Legal Service Inc., Dolly Colfer, said GIVIT’s donated goods mean her team can help more remote clients in need.
“Women who make the decision to leave a domestic violence situation in a hurry often don’t have access to money or accommodation. With the GIVIT donations, we were able to assist immediately with new phones so they can call for help, as well as nappies, strollers, baby formula and clothing.”
“The relief and worry that’s taken away from these women at a very traumatic time is priceless. It's one less thing that the women have to worry about.”
Food vouchers from GIVIT have been the difference for some families, in terms of being able to put a nutritious family meal on the table or going without.
Ms Visser says GIVIT is aware food insecurity is an issue throughout regional Western Australia, and is utilising donated funds and items to support the 10 GIVIT-registered Pilbara charities.