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Seven ways to do your part for social impact during COVID-19 - 180DC UNSW

Updated: Mar 27, 2022

Despite these tough times, there are plenty of ways you can put a smile on others' faces and help make a difference in the world. Read on for seven different ways you can do your part for social impact.

1. Donate food items with FoodBank NSW & AC

Image: the volunteers at FoodBank NSW & ACT | Source: The Northern Daily Leader.

FoodBank NSW & ACT is a non-profit organisation that provides 400,000 meals to those in need. They achieve this by working closely with key stakeholders of the food distribution process, such as the farmers, manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers, to collect and redistribute any unwanted food. Ultimately, FoodBank provides more than 70% of the food rescued for food relief organisations nation-wide.

You can help out FoodBank by volunteering with them, making a donation, or even holding your own food drive!

Click here for more information on how you can support them!

2. Allow Vollie to personalise your online volunteering interests for you

Image: Make a difference from the comfort of your home with Vollie | Source: Vollie.

Vollie is a non-profit organisation designed to connect volunteers from around the world to address sustainable development challenges.

To volunteer, Vollie will instantly match you with local, national and global online volunteer projects based on the professional skills and causes you’re passionate about. You’re then able to work on these projects in your own time and change the world, all from the comfort of your home.

Some of their incredible projects that you can apply for today include:

  • Developing a monitoring and evaluation strategy with Jasiri’s Girls Takeover Parliament program

  • Working on a research project for Girls Education & Leadership in Cambodia

  • Website design for the Australian non-profit Life Global Australia

To find the full list of projects you can apply for, click here.

3. Assist disadvantaged youth with YFoundations

Create a world without youth homelessness with YFoundations | Source: YFoundations.

YFoundations is the peak body assisting young people at-risk, and experiencing homelessness. The organisation works closely with non-government organisations, government departments and community members to provide policy and structural advocacy, services for young people, health projects, and research and sector development.

The organisation is currently working on three projects:

  1. Sticky Stuff - these are workshops designed to educate young people on the topic of sexual health.

  2. Real Estate Training - in collaboration with Real Estate Institute of NSW (REINSW), this program is designed to engage private real estate agents in the conversation of access and sustainable tenancies for vulnerable groups, specifically young people at-risk of homelessness.

  3. Juvenile Justice Training - workshops designed to educate young people how to navigate their way through the juvenile justice system, particularly in regards to the residential requirements in section 28 of the Bail Act and their current housing pathways.

You can help YFoundations by donating or joining their team as a volunteer or intern. There are plenty of roles to choose from, including: social media officer, policy research assistant, campaign organiser, administrative assistant or health project officer.

To find out more about their projects and how to volunteer, click here.

4. Help out Translators without Borders

Support TWB break down language barriers by donating today | Source: ESV

Translators without Borders is a non-profit organisation that aims to break down language barriers and fight COVID-19 through the words. The program connects community organisations responding to COVID-19 with open access to its translation platforms and a community of translators that connects them to over 30,000 translators.

You can help out Translators without Borders by donating, or checking out their site for volunteering opportunities when they arise, such as becoming a translator or a project manager, graphic or web page designer.

5. Register as an emergency volunteer

Support people impacted by COVID-19 with Emergency Support Volunteering | Source: ESV

Emergency Support Volunteering is seeking registrations for those interested in volunteering their time during the COVID-19 pandemic. Upon registration, your information will be passed onto local charities and organisations in need where you will help out with activities such as:

  • Welfare checks;

  • Urgent household maintenance;

  • Delivering supplies;

  • Picking up and dropping off medications or groceries; or

  • Assisting with essential transportation.

Register to become a volunteer by clicking here.

6. Pay a visit to your local eatery

What better way to spend a Sunday brunch at than underneath a field of flowers | Source: Social Hideout

There's no better time than now to support your local restaurants with eateries now free to seat up to 10 patrons at any one time. Free yourself from the constraints of home-made and take-out food and splurge on your favourite meals! Even better, you'll soon be able to gather large groups for a much-needed catch-up as restaurants are soon expected, with restaurants now able to seat up to 50 from June 1.

Be sure to make a reservation to ensure that you aren't stuck waiting outside!

7. Sign up for Project Cycle 2 with 180DC UNSW.

Join our amazing team in Term 2, 2020 to do your part for social impact | Image: the 180DC UNSW Operations Team of 2019

Last but not least, 180 Degrees Consulting UNSW provides a plethora of opportunities for budding young individuals to do their part for social impact. Under the guidance of our amazing consulting directors and project leaders, our consultants are given the opportunity to work on some amazing projects with charities and nonprofits in the past!

Recruitments for Project Cycle 2 are on their way so make stay updated with our Facebook page for more information!

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