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What do your volunteers do?
Share the Dignity is an Australian women’s charity helping women experiencing domestic violence, homelessness or poverty in Australia. It is powered 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. As a result, we can Share the Dignity across Australia rather than focus on just the major cities. Therefore we need Sheroes and Heroes in your area. Can you help?
The majority of our Sheroes/ Heroes volunteer in customer focused 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 the 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 focused Sheroes and Heroes.
Our national, state and territory leaders are the heart and soul of our women’s charity. They bring energy and vibrancy, and they’re responsible for the management of our teams and for keeping us on track!
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 homeless women in Australia! Please send an email to [email protected] or register on this page and one of our Sheroes or Heroes will be in touch to discuss our volunteering opportunities with you. Volunteers are needed across Australia.
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 Our Shero & Hero roles take an average of 3 hrs a week. A Shero or Hero first of all looks after business collection points and delivers to a charity near you. Our operational and leadership roles require a bit more time each week. Most noteworthy is periods leading up to, and during, our April and August sanitary item collections, and our November/December ‘It’s In The Bag’ collection, requiring a few more hours each week. Please send us an email to [email protected] and we will be in touch to discuss the roles that are best suited to you.
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 consequently collect this variety of sanitary items so every woman receives her preferred sanitary product. All donations must be brand new, still sealed in their original packaging and must comply with Australian quality standards. You can learn more about donating pads and tampons on the Dignity Drive page. We do this because no woman should have to choose between a tampon and a meal.
Do you accept menstrual cups?
Yes we do. We accept only new sealed packages. Furthermore, if you would like to donate a menstrual cup, please drop them off to our April or August collection points or buy one online. Your online purchase will be directly supplied to us.
Do you accept clothes and furniture?
No, we focus on Sanitary items during April and August and on #itsinthebag donations at christmas time. Sanitary items are usually the last items to be donated, but are the first to be taken. First of all, we are passionately committed to fulfilling our mission of ensuring that no woman suffers the indignity of choosing between buying food or sanitary items.
Can I donate money to your homeless charity?
Yes you can. We have a number of options in our Donations Section and app that make donating easy. You can make a one off donation or you can set up a quick, simple monthly donation. 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.
Donations can be made directly to our bank account on
BSB – 484 799
Account Number – 123 560 295
Account Name – Share the Dignity LTD
Why do you collect pads and tampons 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 ‘It’s In The Bag’ Christmas Campaign, ‘DigniTea – High Tea Fundraiser’ I Stand Up Day, Yoga4Dignity Yoga Events and ‘Because We Care domestic violence assistance’ campaigns. And at other times, we give our Sheroes and Heroes a little break to rest and recharge!
Why is It’s In The Bag only a Christmas Collection?
At Christmas, #itsinthebag aims to provide women experiencing homelessness, domestic violence and poverty with a handbag full of essential items. Christmas can be a challenging time. Therefore, we provide these gifts to say we value you, we care for you and are thinking of you. We run this charity campaign at Christmas so we can focus all our energy on collecting as many handbags as we possibly can!
How and when can I find my closest pad and tampon collection point?
We publish our collection points here and they can be accessed via our mobile app. They will appear in the months 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.
Where do my 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. First of all, we then supply these organisations, which include homeless charities 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 homeless charities, so the products you donate stay in your local area. We may also assist women in remote and regional communities in need and respond to international call outs for help in the event of a natural disaster.
I’ve missed my collection drop off date, what do I do?
You can either hold your donation until our next campaign, or post it to us. We can be reached on PO Box 345, Sandgate Q4017
Can I donate men’s and children’s backpacks to ‘It’s In The Bag’?
We’re primarily an Australian women’s charity. 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 Australian charities who provide gifts to kids and men. Therefore, please get in touch with us if you would like us help you to find one of these amazing charities in your community. If you’d like to help out kids in our community, you can talk to your club or extracurricular activity provider about getting involved with our Activities4All program.
I want to involve my business/organisation
Please register here. There are so many ways businesses, churches, schools and organisations can help homeless women and victims of domestic violence. We need you! Consequently, we’re always looking for sporting clubs for our Activities For All project, product partners, professional services… there are so many ways to help us. 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.
I want to involve my school
Your school is most welcome. We love any activity that raises awareness and helping young adults become socially aware is especially important. 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 complete the registration form.
Are cash donations tax deductible as an Australian Charity?
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 detailed receipt please send us a copy of your donation receipt to our accounts team via email at [email protected]
Donations can be made directly to our bank account using the following information:
BSB – 484 799
Account Number – 123 560 295
Account Name – Share the Dignity LTD
Our ABN Number is 45 607 970 605
Where do my pad and tampon donations go?
We use your donations in your community first. Share the Dignity works with our Australian charity partners to ensure your local charity has enough sanitary items to meet their needs until our next collection drive. We send excess donations to other communities, locally, interstate or internationally, where women have a need for sanitary items and other donated products.
Do you send sanitary items overseas?
Yes, we send excess items overseas. We will firstly meet the needs of our local communities. We send excess donations nationally or internationally. Most noteworthy are natural disaster donations. In conclusion, we donate locally first of all, nationally second, and finally, internationally.
Can I hold a fundraising event or collect on behalf of Share the Dignity?
We would love you to hold an event – but you need to register with us first. You must register in each state and territory to ensure that we are meeting our charitable collection obligations.
How do I register my charity to receive donations?
Please complete our online registration form here. It’s that easy! As a result, we’ll stock your community with the essentials because no woman should choose between dignity and food.
Why can’t I drop donations direct to a charity?
If you would like to drop your donations directly to a homeless 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.
Can my house be a collection point?
No, we cannot use private houses as collection points. We have many generous businesses across Australia who offer their business as a collection point, therefore we are sure to have a collection point available near you
Can I use the Share the Dignity logo?
Restrictions exist on logo use. Share The Dignity offers charity partnerships with business. The rules dictating these partnerships may place restrictions on the use of our logo. If you’re working with us to hold an event or provide a collection point, we’ll supply you with Share The Dignity marketing collateral – so you don’t have to do anything except ‘click download’. If you’d like to use the Share The Dignity logo on your own website and branded materials, get in touch with the partnerships team. We have corporate partnerships available for businesses large and small.