300 Blankets is a not for profit charity providing the caring warmth of friendship and protective warmth of blankets to people experiencing homelessness in Victoria.
300 Blankets is a not for profit charity who provides support to people experiencing homelessness. In Victoria, more than 25,000 people are currently homeless and, after food and water, blankets are their most sought after item. We are a 100% volunteer organisation that aims to provide support through three key areas: blankets, homeless outreach, and community education.
- Blankets: 300 Blankets is the biggest donors of blankets for the local soup vans and also provide blankets for a wide range of charities and homeless services to ensure that they are always equipped to provide people with the warmth of a blanket.
- Homeless Outreach Program: 300 Blankets operates a twice weekly volunteer outreach program in the heart of Melbourne CBD. The outreach program reaches out and engages with people sleeping rough to provide support and material aid. 300 Blankets also operates a weekly soup kitchen – Soul Kitchen -in the western suburbs of Melbourne to provide opportunities to make a direct impact on the lives of individuals and families at risk and experiencing homelessness.
- Community Education: 300 Blankets believes in order to create change, we need to start with educating current and future leaders of our community. They partner with schools and organisations to explore the realities of homelessness.
Established in 2012, we have been making strides towards supporting existing homeless services, assisting people who are homeless for the first time to reach appropriate services, and creating positive relationships with people who are entrenched in homelessness so they can find the strength to improve their livelihood. If you’d like to help us make a real difference to people experiencing homelessness, you can join us as a volunteer, make a donation, or partner with us in a number of ways. Thank you for helping to keep our community warm.
The reality of homelessness
The plight of homeless people living on the streets is an issue many think is too complex to address and we are often left feeling helpless as to how we can make a difference. After several visits to emergency accommodation centres and speaking to staff, we uncovered these facts about homelessness:
Currently there are over 105,000 people experiencing homelessness in Australia, with almost 23,000 people in Victoria alone.
Homelessness can be caused by abusive households, addictions and mental illness.
There are many categories of homelessness – people residing with friends and relatives, people in emergency accommodation, and people living rough on the streets.
Homeless people suffer abuse, psychological illnesses, and are exposed to the physical hardship of living in the cold and rain.