How can I help?
There are many ways that you can support individuals, families and organisations affected by natural disasters. You can:
The Queensland Government has established the Queensland Floods Appeal 2013 in partnership with the Australian Red Cross. Donations can be made by visiting Red Cross or by calling 1800 811 700.
Turn goods into money
If you are not in a position to make a cash donation, there are a number of ways you may be able to turn goods into money, such as:
- linking up with a local charity and running a ‘bring and buy’ or boot sale
- holding a social event with your friends to auction off items you have to give away
- holding a garage sale.
Local charities will gladly accept funds raised to assist those affected by the floods.
Donate goods and services
If you have goods you would like to donate, or want to see what is needed in the disaster affected communities, visit GIVIT where you can donate items directly to flood affected individuals, families and communities. GIVIT is an online service that lets you see what is needed and urgently required in your community and connects you to trusted charities.
Alternatively, you may want to get in touch with charity directly. Contact your local council for more information about charities and community organisations in your area.
Corporate donations of goods and services
The best way you can help is to check on the safety of your loved ones, neighbours and friends and help them however you can.
If you are interested in volunteering your time to assist communities affected by a disaster, you can register or update your details at Emergency Volunteering. Or calling Volunteering Queensland on the free phone number 1800 994 100.
Whether you volunteer on the frontline or behind the scenes, you can help Queenslanders and communities most in need.
Offer your services for a fee
If you are a licensed contractor wanting to accept work from consumers affected by natural disasters, you should register with the Building Services Authority’s ‘Find a Local Contractor’ directory. This directory helps home owners to locate and contact licensed contractors in their local area.
You can only register for this if you are also registered with BSA Online Services. You can do this at the BSA website or by phoning the BSA for assistance on 1300 272 272.