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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. We’re really interested in volunteers willing to be the “go to Shero” in regional and remote communities. You can get more information about our local Sheroes by reading up on what’s going on in your capital city:
- Brisbane Charity Hub
- Sydney Charity Hub
- Melbourne Charity Hub
- Perth Charity Hub
- Adelaide Charity Hub
- Hobart Charity Hub
- Darwin Charity Hub
- Canberra Charity Hub
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 looks after business collection points and delivers 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 ‘It’s 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.
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. 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.
Do you accept menstrual cups?
Yes we do. Only new sealed packages are accepted. 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. 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. Our wonderful charitable partners however, may desperately need your donation. We work closely with some of Australia’s most amazing people who may need your furniture and clothing donation right now!
Can I donate money to your homeless charity?
Yes you can! Please do! 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. The money you donate helps us to run our campaigns and covers expenses like insurances, licenses, permits and website fees.
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. 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. 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. We focus on local support first but try to assist wherever we’re needed.
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. You can find out more about our local charity workers here:
- Brisbane Charities
- Sydney Charities
- Melbourne Charities
- Perth Charities
- Adelaide Charities
- Hobart Charities
- Darwin Charities
- Canberra Charities
Can I donate men’s and children’s backpacks to ‘It’s In The Bag’?
No. 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. 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!
Can my organisation / business get involved?
We would love you to be involved! 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! We’re always looking for sporting clubs for our Activities For All project, product partners, professional services… there are so many ways to help our women’s charity! 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.
How can my school get involved?
We would love your school to be involved with us! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Where do my pad and tampon 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 Australian charity partners to ensure your local charity has 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.
Do you send sanitary items overseas?
Yes, we send excess items overseas. We will firstly meet the needs of our local communities. If we have received excess items, we donate these items to women in need nationally or internationally, particularly to women whose communities are affected by natural disasters.
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.
How do I register my charity to receive donations?
Please complete our online registration form here. It’s that easy!
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 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 !
Can I use the Share the Dignity logo?
Use of the logo is restricted. 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.