5 Charities to Support This Christmas

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With Christmas fast approaching, now is the time to start thinking of what you or the office can do to make a difference this year. While wine and chocolates are always a welcomed gift in the real estate industry, we think there couldn’t be a better year to instead spend on those in need. In the spirit of real estate, we want everyone to have a roof over their heads. We have narrowed down five incredible Queensland charities focused on combatting homelessness and poverty.

“As the peak body for real estate, the REIQ understands the importance of having a place to call home. It’s a fundamental necessity that provides us all with safety and security as well as a sense of identity.

“Importantly, it also extends to improvements to health and well-being as well as for achieving financial success, which in turn reduces costs to society in the long term. As they say, charity starts at home, so together let’s make a difference for homes across Queensland this Christmas,” says Antonia Mercorella, CEO of the REIQ.

Youth Housing Project (YHA)

More than one in six young people have experienced some type of homelessness in Australia. This might read as a shocking result, but it’s surprisingly common for youth to end up taking shelter on the streets. There’s a range of reasons this can occur, from difficult family situations to mental health and everything in between.

The Youth Housing Project (YHA) provides safe, secure and affordable accommodation to those who find themselves in these unfortunate situations.

How can I help?

Donations enable the YHA to provide more housing options, support and help youth set up their homes. A donation as little as $20 will be used to purchase food parcels and baby items, while a substantial donation of $500 will support a young person to return to education or gain employment.

Another way to donate is by providing in-kind support such as time and expertise. As a real estate professional, your skills may be just what the YHA needs to help set people up in safe and secure housing.

Find out more on the YHA website.


The Smith Family

Did you know that more than 1.2 million Australian children and young people live in poverty? Take a stand this Christmas and support the Smith Family charity by providing support and resources to those in need.

How can I help?

There are many ways to help The Smith Family charity. Your organisation can donate, sponsor a child, volunteer your time or even establish a partnership.

Discover all the ways that you can help The Smith Family on their website.


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Dig In

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many homeless meal services had to cease operations. Dig In however, made it their mission to continue delivering meals to those who needed to be fed.

Implementing a meal delivery service, Dig In delivers nutritious meals to vulnerable members of the Brisbane community.

How can I help?

The REIQ commends their innovation and know that donations will be warmly received by the charity. Dig In provides options to donate as a once-off or as a recurring contribution.

Donate to Dig In on their website.


The Good Samaritan Rental Initiative

The REIQ, Queensland Government and community sector stakeholders have united to provide safe, affordable housing for women and children who are victims of domestic and family violence.

“Everyone’s doing it tough during these uncertain times, however our industry has the capacity to help some of the most vulnerable people in Queensland, and I couldn’t think of anyone more deserving than those who have to leave their homes through no fault of their own due to family domestic violence,” says Antonia Mercorella, CEO of the REIQ.

How can I help?

We are calling upon Property Managers across Queensland to gauge landlords interest in supporting this initiative. We’re seeking landlords who are prepared to offer free or low-cost rentals to support these victims and help them get back on their feet.

What better way to share the Christmas spirit, than helping your customers give back to their community?

To find out more about the Good Samaritan Rental Initiative, visit our website.


Brisbane Youth Service

The Brisbane Youth Service provides assistance to young people experiencing homelessness, we well as support to those at risk of becoming homeless.

Young people who have experienced homelessness are more likely to report significant concerns about family conflict, mental health and suicide as well as negative feelings about their future. Combatting these issues with early intervention is necessary to reduce the impact of homelessness on their future.

How can I help?

There are many ways to support the youth of Queensland through difficult housing situations. You could provide a donation, initiate a corporate partnership, donate essential items or participate in a workplace giving program.

Discover all the ways you can help the Brisbane Youth Service on their website.

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