Over the years we have supported, amongst others, Bosom Buddies ACT, Dragons Abreast ACT, Motor Neuron Disease, The Yellow Van, The Red Cross QBN, Menslink, Sids and Kids, 2015 Pink Pedal Challenge, Canberra Cat Fix, Painting with Parkinsons, Karinya House and Vinnies.
Through the annual Vinnies blanket drive at the market, we collect blankets and warm clothing for Canberrans in need (some years we collected enough to supply them for a whole winter!). Over the past 11 years, we’re proud to say we’ve raised over $400,000 for local charities.
Handmade partners with Givit
In 2020, we are partnering with GIVIT – a not-for-profit organisation connecting those who have with those who need, in a private and safe way. GIVIT works to alleviate poverty in Australia by ensuring every community service provider has what it needs through the simple act of giving. The GIVIT platform is free to use and makes giving easy by allowing users to see exactly what is required by vulnerable community members.
GIVIT supports all agencies, services and charities in Australia who work directly with impoverished, marginalised and vulnerable people. They make it easier for organisations to empower their clients and improve quality of life by obtaining the items they require through the website, at no cost. The unique virtual warehouse eliminates the need for organisations to store, sort and dispose of unwanted items, saving valuable time and resources.
For each market in 2020, GIVIT will be our designated door greeter charity, collecting funds to distribute to organisations that need them most.
We do not charge an entry fee to the market. Instead, we encourage customers to make a gold coin donation to the door greeters as they enter the market. The charity can also distribute information about its cause, and educate people about the issues that it is focused on.
Because of our partnership with GIVIT for 2020, we are not accepting applications for charities to collect donations at the market entries. Instead, we encourage local charities to register with GIVIT so that they may be able to benefit from the money they will be raising at each market.