DONATIONS OF NEW/USED BABY GOODS
Karinya House is a community based organisation. We rely on the the financial support of our community as well as material support. Financial modelling of the New Karinya operating costs confirms that we need 3,000 financial Friends to remain sustainable. We have around 600. The most important and vital thing we need from our region is new Friends of Karinya.
If you can become a Friend of Karinya ($10 or $20 or $30 or whatever amount per month) this will make the world of difference to the women of Karinya, and you will help keep us operating into the future.
Your donations will go directly to staffing costs. We do have many volunteers at Karinya, including our Committee. As a professional service we also have significant staff costs. Our staff contribute many hours that are above their paid hours. Whilst we do receive some funding from the ACT Government, this is not sufficient to fund all our caseworkers, including our midwives, and small administration team.
Over the years since we started we have been so very well supported by all of the Canberra and Regional community. This support, particularly of donated goods, has continued to increase. We have had so many emails and messages offering baby goods, clothing, toys, toiletries and many other items for the women, babies, children, families that we assist. We know the Region has a generous heart.
PLEASE NOTE: November 2017: Our stores are fully stocked. We are unable to take any donations of goods until March 2018.
We are pleased to announce however, that a wonderful group of community members, a number who have supported Karinya House with their own baby goods, are now in the process of establishing “Roundabout Canberra”. This will be another local home grown charity who will focus solely on the re-homing of preloved baby goods and related items. Karinya House and other services for women and families, (including hospitals) will be able to source material support specifically tailored to individual case requirements. Roundabout Canberra will not have direct client contact, recognising the value and complexities of the specialised casework management services provided by Karinya House and others.
This is a fantastic initiative for our Region. Other cities across Australia have this kind of service, and we are very pleased to support Roundabout Canberra and we encourage you to support them also.
Roundabout Canberra is not open for donations as yet, but hope to be very soon. If you have any enquiries please contact Hannah. Items that will be accepted by Roundabout Canberra are listed RoundaboutCanberra_What we accept.
Whilst Karinya House is now in our new Home, we still have limited storage capacity for donated material goods. As the re-purposing of pre-loved material goods is not our primary area of service delivery, we still do not have large areas of storage. The provision of material support is a key service that we do provide, and we always provide new baby packs as well as some other items when the need arises and we do will always have small stocks on hand. Once Roundabout Canberra are up and running we will refer most material donations to this new organisation. We will be able to then just directly source what we require for every woman and family we support from Roundabout Canberra.
We will also require special support in the lead up to Mother’s Day, Easter and Christmas, as always.
Thank you, thank you for your wonderful and continued support. We are grateful. And we are constantly amazed by your generosity.