Yes, all donations made to Great Lakes Womens Shelter come directly to us, no matter the method you wish to use.
Making a single or ongoing donation will help us continue our important work providing crisis accommodation to vulnerable women and children escaping domestic violence and homelessness.
The physical donations go directly to the women and children in need or to support them during their stay with us or in transitional shelter accommodation or in their new home.
Financial donations go directly into the area you designate or into general running costs of the shelter such as rent, electricity, staffing, transport, food, toilet paper, cleaning products and services and so much more.
Great Lakes Womens Shelter is a registered ACNC charity.
ABN 18 9499 3419 9
All donations over $2 are fully tax deductible.
Receipts can be issued upon request.
Online platforms will issue receipts automatically to your email account.
As a registered charity, GLWS relies heavily on donations and income generated through fundraising to be able to continue providing support and care to the families in need.
There are multiple ways you can make a financial donation:
By Bank Transfer:
To make a bank transfer to GLWS please contact Carly on email@example.com
or call (02) 6555 9835 for account details in order to make a transfer.
Please post cheques made payable to Great Lakes Womens Shelter to: Great Lakes Womens Shelter PO Box 4387 Forster NSW 2428
As we are a cash free shelter, cash donations can be arranged by calling John on 0448 111 468
Online donations can be made via our secure donations platform on the link below or the Shelter Appeal tab:
We provide a new pillow and doona to each person who enters shelter, families often arrive with no belongings at all.
The families then are able to take these items with them when they leave the shelter and move into their own homes.
You can help us by purchasing gift cards for Kmart, or donating towards the ongoing cost of these items.
$20 will get a doona and pillow for 1 woman
$50 will supply a family of 3-4 with their bedding items
You can donate any amount towards the general running costs of the shelter.
Your contribution today helps us make a difference.
Often having not been taught how to cook properly, or not having had a kitchen to cook in, women and children come to us with little funds and would love nothing more than a delicious wholesome meal to enjoy. $20 will provide a woman with a wholesome and nutritious meal, $150 will provide meals for a mum with 2 young children while staying in the shelter.
WHAT IS WORKPLACE GIVING AND HOW DO I START DONATING?
Workplace giving (WPG also known as Payroll giving), enables employees of any workplace, to make a pre-tax donation to a registered charity of their choice direct from their salary.
Employees make small, regular donations through their pay and receive an immediate tax refund.
It’s simple, low cost and extremely effective when a workforce gives together.
Employers can even amplify their work place giving program by matching employees’ donations – meaning charities have the opportunity to receive more!
For more information and an employee set-up form click on the links to the files below at the bottom of this page
We are blessed to have 2 drop off locations for non-perishable food and toiletries.
Food/non-perishables collection points are located in Coles Forster and Foodworks in Hallidays Point. (They look like cages)
Food /non-perishable collection points are a convenient way for the community to help provide the families with much needed basic food and toiletry staples during their stay at the shelter.
For health and safety reasons we are unable to accept donations of used linen and bedding.
For donations of items such as BRAND NEW linen, doonas, pillows and clothing please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0400 919 184
**PLEASE NOTE- We are currently unable to accept furniture donations until further notice**
Limited space means we can only accept donations of clothes on a needs basis - keep an eye on our Facebook page for our call outs.
We have formed partnerships with Salvation Army and St Vincent De Paul in Forster where if we are unable to accept your kind donations, you can donate to either of these services on behalf of us, in return they allow our women and children to get the items they need, when they need them.
A bequest, or legacy, can be the most important gift you ever give.
By remembering Great Lakes Womens Shelter in your Will you are ensuring the future safety of vulnerable women, and their children, by helping provide additional and much needed crisis accommodation.
Leaving a legacy for vulnerable women is an amazing thing to do and we thank you for thinking of us.
We do advise that you seek qualified expert assistance from a lawyer when putting your Will together.
To be certain your bequest reaches the Great Lakes Womens Shelter, it is important to use our full legal name and include our Australian Charity Number as shown below:
Great Lakes Womens Shelter Incorporated ABN: 18949934199
We don't currently receive any government funding for Children's support programs, so we need your help...Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve outcomes for children affected by domestic violence and homelessness in the Great Lakes.
These funds go toward resources, providing a specialised children's case worker, school holiday programs and a range of support and development activities for children in shelter.
$5 can cover a child's entry to the mini-trampolines or putt-putt golf
$10 can provide a child with a colouring book and pencils
$30 can provide healthy food for children's cooking lessons
$50 can help provide a child with a school uniform to attend a local school
$100 can provide art materials for therapeutic art sessions /lessons
$200 can provide musical instruments for therapeutic music sessions
$5000 can provide support by a children's case worker full time for 3 weeks
The need for a bigger, suitably designed shelter was identified early on after opening our doors in 2016, to have stability and security and to continue to be able to support the families that come through the doors seeking refuge.
Our new shelter is a specially designed 10 bedroom shelter for women and children in the Great Lakes who are escaping domestic and family violence and/or experiencing homelessness.
We need your help to operate this at full capacity and help as many local families as possible.
We are forced to turn away hundreds of women and children every year in the Great Lakes area, families experiencing violence and homelessness as we just don't have the funds to operate a crisis outreach service. We provide outreach support 2 days per week, our goal is to be able to provide a full time Outreach worker.
This will cost $75,000 per year and will provide all the resources and emergency relief required to support the families that we provide outreach to.
$10 can provide a woman with an art project for 1 outreach group session
$30 can provide phone credit to help keep a woman and her children safe in their own home
$50 can provide a small amount of emergency food for a family
$100 can provide art materials for therapeutic art sessions /lessons for a group of women
$250 can provide a security system to keep a family safe in their own home
$5000 can provide support by a outreach worker full time for 3 weeks
All Things Yum
Ambyance Hair & Beauty
Aristocut Hair Studio - Smiths Lake
Banks & Dade
Blueys Beach Cellars and Deli
Blueys Beach News & Supamart
Brass Bell Deli
Tobacconist - Tuncurry
BWS Liquor Store
Cape Hawke Vet Hospital
Country Nail - Stockland
Drift- Café and Takeaway
Blueys Beach Farmers Patch
First Choice Family Haircare Salon
Foodworks - Charlotte Bay
Forster Pacific Real Estate
Forster Tuncurry Medical Practice
Freechoice Tobacconists - Stockland
Freechoice Tobacconist - Wharf St
Great Lakes Pharmacy
Jamaica Blue Cafe`
Lakeside Self Service & Tobacconist
Lumpy's Nursery and Landscape Yard
Manning Shoes Stockland
Manning Shoes - Wharf St
Metro Servo - Charlotte Bay
Nabiac Old Bank Store
NEWS XPRESS - Stockland
One Hair & Beauty
Pacific Palms Hair Design
Pacific Palms Pharmacy
Pacific Palms Recreation Club Ltd
Smiths Lake Bowling Club
Smiths Lake Cellars
SOS Phone Repairs
The Friendlies Discount Pharmacy
Tully's Tuncurry News
Tuncurry Beach Bowling Club
Wallis Lake Fish Co-op
Wharf St Gourmet Butchery
We would like to thank everyone who has donated and supported the GLWS and to those who continue to support us in any way that they can, we are unable to individually thank everyone so here are a few of our ongoing supporters:
Great Lakes community members
Our wonderful team of selfless volunteers
as well as:
Access fuels - Rainbow Flat
All Great Lakes area Public schools
Beaches International Forster
Big 4 Happy Hallidays Caravan Park
Cath Leary Foundation
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Foodworks Hallidays Point
Forster Bowling Club
Forster Entertainment Centre
Forty Winks Forster
Great Lakes Community Resources – Tuncurry
Great Lakes Pharmacy
Hallidays Point Caravan Park
Hallidays Point Uniting Church
Knitwits Hallidays Point
Lions Club Forster -Tuncurry
Lovedale Long lunch
Mid Coast Council
Mid Coast Waste
Quota Club of Forster-Tuncurry
Seashells Beachfront Resort – Diamond Beach
Seaside Heritage Quilters
Secura Lifestyle Lakeside Caravan Park
Telstra Connecting Communities
The Alannah and Madeleine Foundation
Tomra Cleanaway – Reverse vending machines
Tuncurry Beach Bowling Club
View Clubs Forster- Tuncurry
There are also many local businesses supporting our Loose Change Campaign
The White Ribbon and The House with 18 Steps - both written and illustrated by Steph Flower.
The White Ribbon outlines a little girl's personal journey through a domestic violence situation.
The House with 18 Steps is a story of a little girl's experience during a period she spent in a Shelter.
Both books are available for purchase for $10 each with all proceeds going to Great Lakes Womens Shelter.
Please email email@example.com for instructions on how to order.