1.What do your volunteers do? Share the Dignity is run 100% by volunteers, who we call Sheroes and Heroes. Our Sheroes and Heroes perform a variety of roles, which focus on customer service, our operations and the leadership of our teams. The majority of our Sheroes/ Heroes volunteer in customer focussed roles. These roles include:
liaising with our business collection points
collecting, tallying and delivering sanitary items and handbags to our charity partners
attending fundraisers and events in your community to hand out promotional material, collect sanitary items and to answer questions about who we are and what we do.
Our operational roles work behind the scenes to:
organise our collections and deliveries
liaise with our charity partners
organise events and promotional opportunities
support our customer focussed Shero’s and Hero’s.
Our National, State and Territory leaders are the heart and soul of our charity. They bring energy, vibrancy and are responsible for the management of our teams and for keeping us on track!
2.Who can I talk to about volunteering with Share the Dignity We would love to talk to you about what we do and how you can help! Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our Sheroes or Heroes will be in touch to discuss our volunteering opportunities with you.
3.How much time per week do your volunteer roles require? We all lead busy lives, so we are grateful for the time you can give to share the dignity. If you have limited time, you will be best suited to a customer service role, where you look after business collection points and deliver to a charity near you. Our operational and leadership roles require a bit more time each week, with the periods leading up to, and during, our April and August sanitary item collections, and our November/December ‘its in the bag’ collection, requiring a few more hours each week. Please send us an email to email@example.com and we will be in touch to discuss the roles that are best suited to you.
4.What sanitary items do you accept? We accept sanitary items including pads, maternity pads, incontinence pads, new reusable pads, tampons, period-proof underwear and menstrual cups. We collect this variety of sanitary items so every woman receives her preferred sanitary product.
5.Do you accept menstrual cups? Yes we do. If you would like to donate a menstrual cup, please drop them off to our April or August collection points or head to our website to buy one online. Your online purchase will be directly supplied to us, and we will deliver it to a woman who needs it.
6.Do you accept clothes and furniture? No. Our mission at Share the Dignity is to provide homeless and at risk women with sanitary items. Sanitary items are usually the last items to be donated, but are the first to be taken. We are passionately committed to fulfilling our mission of ensuring that no woman suffers the indignity of choosing between buying food or sanitary items.
7.Can I donate money? Yes you can! We have a number of options on our website and app that make donating even easier. You can donate money (via PayPal), purchase packets of Tsuno sanitary items, buy JuJu menstrual cups or Modibodi underwear. These products will be delivered directly to us to provide to women in need. The money you donate helps us to run our campaigns and with expenses like insurances, licences, permits and website fees.
8.Why do you collect in April and August? By collecting twice a year, we are able to focus all of our energy and resources on these collections. At other times of the year, our focus shifts to our ‘its in the bag’, ‘DigniTea’ and ‘Because we care’ campaigns. And at other times, we give our Sheroes and Heroes a little break to rest and recharge!
9.Why don’t you do ‘It’s in the bag all the time’? At Christmas, ‘it’s in the bag’ aims to provide homeless women and women at risk of homelessness with a handbag full of essential items. Christmas can be a challenging time, particularly for those in our community who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. We provide these gifts to say we value you, we care for you and we are thinking of you. We run this campaign at Christmas so we can focus all our energy on collecting as many handbags as we possibly can!
10.How and when can we find our closest collection point? We publish our collection points on our website and app. They will appear in the month leading up to our April and August sanitary item collections, and in November before the start of our ‘it’s in the bag’ campaign. We also provide information and updates on our Facebook page, so keep an eye out!
11.Where do the donations go? Our Sheroes and Heroes work across Australia to identify those charities and organisations who assist homeless women and woman at risk of homelessness, and who have a need for our donations. We then supply these organisations, which include homeless and domestic and family violence refuges, with the items we collect. We aim to supply these services with enough sanitary items to ensure a year round supply. To reduce overhead costs we aim to deliver items collected to local charities, so the product you donate stays in your local area.
12.I’ve missed my collection drop off date, what do I do? You can either hold your donation until our next campaign, or get in touch with us. Please contact your relevant State or Territory team- you can do this via the ‘message us’ feature on our app, or by the ‘contact us’ page on our website.
13.Can I donate men’s and children’s backpacks to ‘it’s in the bag’? Our aim is to provide women with a handbag at Christmas time, as women are often the last to receive gifts, preferring their families and children to be the recipients. There are many wonderful charities who provide gifts to kids and men, please get in touch with us if you would like us help you to find one of these amazing charities in your community!
14.Can my organisation/business get involved? We would love you to be involved! Please head to our website, click on ‘collection point registration’ and you will find our registration form. If you have any questions for us, please send us a message via the ‘message us’ feature on our app, or by the ‘contact us’ page on our website.
15.How can my school get involved? We would love your school to be involved with us! Every State and Territory Share the Dignity Team has a dedicated Schools Queen whose role is to work with your school to run events, collection drives and to speak with your students or staff about the work we do. Please head to our website, click on ‘register your school’ and complete the registration form.
16.Are cash donations tax deductible? Yes. Share the Dignity is a registered with the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profit Commission and is a tax deductible gift recipient (DGR). If you require a receipt please send us a copy of your receipt to our accounts team via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
17.Where do my donations go? Donations of sanitary items and handbags for ‘it’s in the bag’ received in your community are always used to meet the needs of your community first. We work with our charity partners to ensure your local charity have enough sanitary items to meet their needs until our next collection drive. Excess items are donated to other communities, locally, interstate or internationally, where women have a need for sanitary items and other donated products.
18.Do you send items overseas? Yes, we send excess items overseas. We will firstly meet the needs of our local communities, and where we have received excess items, we donate these items to women in need, particularly to women whose communities are effected by natural disasters.
19.Can I hold a fundraising event or collect on behalf of Share the Dignity? Of course! We would love you to hold an event- but you need to register with us first. Registration is required in each State and Territory to ensure that we are meeting our charitable collection obligations. Please send us an email at email@example.com to discuss your event, register with us here
20.How do I register my charity to receive donations? Please complete our online registration form here. It’s that easy!
21.Why can’t I drop direct to a charity? If you would like to drop your donations directly to a charity, please consider volunteering with us (this is part of the role of our Sheroes and Heroes!). Our governance ensures all of our volunteers, along with our charities, are registered with us, and our deliveries are recorded. The registration process ensures the safety of our volunteers, and provides security for our charity partners.
21.Can my house be a collection point? No, we are not using private houses as collection points. We have so many generous businesses across Australia who offer their business as a collection point, we are sure to have a collection point available near you !
22.Can I use the Share the Dignity logo? Use of the logo is only permitted in conjunction with registered events. Registration is easy, check out our website and app for further information on registering your event.