HELPING the homeless and those living on the poverty line in Perth to be part of a community that cares is one reason why Melville resident Silvana Mulroney chose to volunteer for Homeless Connect this year.
The long-term community volunteer has spent 15 hours a week since September in a Perth warehouse, sorting donations that will be available to those in need at this month’s one-stop-shop event.
Every year, demand at Homeless Connect Day increases, with 900 people attending last year compared to 350 at the inaugural event in 2008.
‘I am blessed with a wonderful family and a lovely life, not everyone is,’ the Melville resident of 29 years said. ‘Homeless Connect gives me the chance to help others in my community who are less fortunate than myself.
‘It is a day full of sorting and boxing donations ready for Homeless Connect Day.
‘Sorting can be anything from toiletries to clothes, non-perishable food, sleeping bags, books, toys, jewellery and bedding.
‘I really enjoy the camaraderie of working with like-minded people.’
Homeless Connect Day is about providing a one-stop-shop of services to homeless people or those at risk of homelessness by bringing together community groups, business and government.
Donations can be delivered to the Homeless Connect Warehouse at 339 Wellington Street, Perth (Old Gas Works), Tuesday to Thursday, 10am-3pm.