City of Albany partners with GIVIT image

4 October 2017

The City of Albany has partnered with national charity, GIVIT, to handle offers of donated goods and services to assist communities recovering after an emergency. 

GIVIT’s WA State Manager, Mr. Travis Fitch, said he was thrilled to lay the foundations with the City of Albany, so GIVIT can assist in the event of a fire or local tragedy.  

“This partnership aims to help meet the immediate material needs of residents and reduce the number of unsolicited donations received by the local government in times of emergency,” Mr. Fitch said. 

“We know that Western Australians are incredibly generous and want to help.

“This can lead to a lot of well-meaning donations, however local government agencies and charities working in the effected regions can become overwhelmed and this is where GIVIT steps in.”  

During times of emergencies, council and local charities request goods and services that are needed through the GIVIT website.   

“Members of the general public can then view what is required and simply click to donate items and have a real impact in supporting the people effected,” Mr. Fitch explained.   

City of Albany Chief Executive Officer Andrew Sharpe said the service would take some resourcing pressure off the local government during an emergency.  

“Our community has an impressive track record of generosity and we know in a tragic event we would be flooded with donations, similar to what we have seen in other recent tragedies around WA,” Mr Sharpe said.

“We hope the Albany community never experiences a tragedy of the magnitude that such a large volume of donations is needed, but if they are we know GIVIT will be there to help us receive and manage them.”

GIVIT was established in Queensland in 2009 and has since expanded nationally. Thanks to the generous support of the Bankwest Foundation, as part of their efforts to support community resilience, GIVIT is now available to help in the event of a WA based emergency.  

GIVIT also, outside of emergencies, works with more than 150 charities in WA to match quality goods with the people who need them most, all via the website givit.org.au, on a daily basis.  

“If you have quality pre-loved items that you would like to see go directly to someone in need visit givit.org.au and pledge your items. 

“GIVIT acts like a virtual warehouse which charities and local government agencies can browse on behalf of their clients. 

“Likewise, we would like to encourage charities to register at givit.org.au and request items for their clients,” said Mr. Fitch. 

“Registration for charities is also free and it is our aim to work with WA charities to help as many vulnerable Western Australians as possible.” 

Mr Fitch said the more charities that register to be supported on a day to day basis in the area, the quicker GIVIT can also be pulled into action during an emergency. 

“GIVIT is a service that is here to help before and after natural disasters and the more donors and charities registered to use our service, the faster we can support recovery after an emergency.” 

For more information or to become a donor or registered charity, visit givit.org.au.