We have received a number calls from our concerned residents asking how they can assist communities affected by the devastating bushfire emergency in our state and across Australia.
Organisations providing bushfire relief
If you wish to support Victorians affected by the bushfires, the best way you can help is by donating money to a registered not-for-profit organisation helping with the relief and recovery effort. Experience tells us that the donation of money is much more effective and provides more flexibility than the donation of material items or pre-loved goods.
Victorian Bushfire Disaster Appeal
A Victorian Bushfire Appeal will provide practical support to Victorians impacted by the state’s devastating fires, including in East Gippsland and North East Victoria, with 100% of donated funds going directly to communities in need as they begin to rebuild their lives.
Donations can be made at any Bendigo Bank branch or online by visiting the Community Enterprise Foundation™.
The Red Cross
The Red Cross is currently supporting thousands of people in evacuation centres and recovery hubs across Australia and urgently needs donations towards its disaster relief and recovery effort.
Funds will be used to support evacuation centres and recovery hubs, psychological first aid, emergency financial assistance and longer-term recovery programs in disaster-affected communities.
The St. Vincent De Paul Society
Vinnies is on the ground helping people as they deal with the immediate aftermath of fire. They need urgent donations to provide food, clothing and grocery vouchers to people who have lost everything.
Donations help Vinnies refer people to crisis accommodation and specialised services. Funds also support volunteers to provide much-needed emotional support and practical assistance to those who have lost their homes.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is responding to the unprecedented number of emergency-level fires, providing meals to evacuees and frontline responders.
A donation to Salvation Army means that they can deliver crucial support right when it’s needed, and that they can stay as long as it takes to help communities make a full recovery.
Zoos Victoria has set up a dedicated Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund.
Every donation will fund emergency veterinary care and scientific intervention (such as exploring supplementary feeding for the animals who have survived, but whose habitats have been destroyed by the bushfires).
As a not-for-profit organisation, all money raised will be used in consultation with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to ensure it is most effectively assisting injured wildlife and their habitat.