It?s nearing winter again which means it?s time to bring out the coats. With the success of last year?s Winter Coat Appeal, RISE is once again welcoming donations of quality winter clothing. Unfortunately, many of our members endure the cold winter months without heating or even adequate clothing to keep them warm. At present asylum seekers on bridging visas and community detention live in the community without any work or study rights who are facing financial difficulties. Most must try to make ends meet with a meagre allowance that is less than Newstart, and buying warm clothes is difficult for many. Currently there are over 1500 asylum seekers and refugees registered at RISE to access services in need of food and shelter.

We are calling for donations of coats, jackets, jumpers or other winter accessories for this winter. We are after men?s, women?s and children?s clothing in all sizes. If you don?t have any clothes to donate, feel free to donate to RISE so we are able to purchase some quality winter wear for our members. Please follow the link to donate and add a special message with your donation that you?d like it to go to the Coat Drive. http://www.givenow.com.au/riserefugee

If you?d like to donate clothing items, we welcome drop offs at the RISE Hub during work hours. Otherwise you may post your clothing to:

Attn: RISE Winter clothing Appeal
RISE, Level 1, Ross House
247 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, 3000

While RISE appreciates all donations given, however, it is important to remember that although we work with members who are in vulnerable situations, this does not mean they are less deserving of good, quality items. Last year we received many items that were unable to be used in the drive such as very worn and ragged clothing and used underwear. Therefore, we ask that you respect the dignity of our members and please donate only clothes in new condition and of course no used underwear please!

Please do not donate anything without making sure it is clean and presentable. If you are unsure, feel free to email [email protected] to ask.

Your donation will ensure somebody who may be unable to afford warm clothing won?t have to stay cold this winter.