Would you like to donate good quality second-hand items to asylum seekers in Melbourne’s west? One of the core purposes of West Welcome Wagon is to provide material aid to our houses in need.
The most common items we collect are:
- Children’s items – bassinets, cots, clothing, prams, blankets and nappies (we have stringent safety requirements for children’s items. Please take a look here for more information)
- Home entertainment – radios, televisions, laptops
- Kitchen items – toasters, rice cookers, kettles, knife sets, cutlery
- Linen – pillows, blankets, sheet sets
- Large household items – washing machines, beds, fridges, dining tables, drawers, curtains and rugs
- Garden tools for our Veggie Wagon program,
- Wool and sewing materials for our Welcome Warmth program
If you have items that you would like to donate, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the items that we give to clients are often the only one that they will have for some time, we require that all donations are in good working order with no tears, stains, chips or broken pieces.
Please note that we currently only operate in the Western municipalities of Melbourne, covering Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong and Wyndham. Click here to see a map of the municipalities we cover. If you live outside these areas and are unable to deliver the item, we may not be able to accept it. We are also unable to pick up items (with the exception of Large Goods – fridges, washing machines, couches, beds, etc.), so if you are donating items, you will need to drop them to your nearest WWW drop point.
When our donations don’t quite cover our requirements:
The vast majority of the items that WWW gifts to asylum seekers are donated by people in the local community – an act of recycling as well as compassion. However, sometimes we are simply unable to meet demand for essential items through donations alone.
We might then:
- Look for good prices on those second hand items and purchase the goods (with money fundraised or donated)
- Do an ‘admin approved’ call out for donations on sites external to WWW (e.g. buy, swap sell sites).
- Purchase new items that cannot be provided second-hand (i.e. underwear and food)