When the Ballarat temperature plummets hundreds of those in need will shiver through the night, unable to access blankets or even shoes.
Ballarat Young Ambition Rotary Club are calling on the community to donate everyday items – such as deodorants and winter woollies that could make a significant difference to those in need.
President Jane Jens said homelessness was massive issue and together with the support offered by Ballarat residents, a small effort could make a huge difference.
“Last year, we were overwhelmed by the sheer number of donations made to the Winter Appeal and the incredibly generosity shown by Ballarat people to help those in need,” Mrs Jens said.
“Rotary is about giving back within your local community and this is one way Young Ambition can lead the community in making a collective impact.”
Centacare, Uniting Care and CAFS will collect the items and distribute them to those who they have identified as being in need.
Unitingcare’s government supported Street to Home program sees welfare workers actively engage with people who are sleeping on the street and disengaged from services.
In December Uniting Care told The Courier it had not been able to achieve its target of matching four people to housing in the first eight weeks of the 9 month pilot program.
Mrs Jens said many people who were homeless did not want to go public and were often afraid to reach out for help. By donating to services that already had contact with those in need it would ensure the items reach those who need it most, Mrs Jens said.
Towels, blankets, jackets and coats, baby blankets, wraps, toiletries and sanitary items are needed. The Young Ambition Winter Appeal will be held on Saturday, May from 9am and 3pm, at the Rotary Club shed in Burnbank Street, Lake Wendouree.