- Carol just donated $10.75
- LYNETTE just donated $50.64
- ELAINE just donated $26.38
- T just donated $316.50
- Margaret just donated $158.25
- Lea just donated $26.38
- James and Karen just donated $100
- Julie just donated $26.38
- Pauleen just donated $52.75
- Brad just donated $82.29
- Angela just donated $211
- Judy just donated $53.81
- Lou just donated $50.64
- Kim just donated $5,020
- KEITH just donated $520
- Sally just donated $52.75
- Kaylene just donated $105.50
- Sharon just donated $26.38
- Tim just donated $263.75
- Pepper just donated $2,500
Cass is 1 in 122,494*
*That’s the number of Australians experiencing homelessness last Census night. It’s probably even higher now.
She’s also an Orange Sky friend on a mission to make 2024 a great year after some really tough times.
When Cass first heard about Orange Sky, it was the laundry services that she was most attracted to.
“When you do get that opportunity to go in, get your clean clothes and a fresh shower, it’s almost like winning lottery.” Cass reckons.
But Cass’s visits to Orange Sky became a bit more than just the soap and hot water. Volunteer Jan remembers Cass coming in and being “very quiet”. But over time, over a few non-judgemental conversations, and over the occasional laugh, things changed.
“She’s coming out of her shell.” Jan says. “She smiles a lot more than she used to – you can just see her start to blossom.”
Please dig deep and help care for Cass and all the people who’ll need kindness and human connection over the next few months – and into next year.
Photo above: Our friend Cass (left) and Orange Sky volunteer Jan (right) are laughing together at one of our shifts.
You can help other people like Cass who are doing it tough
Volunteers drive mobile laundry and shower services to loads of cities, and regional and remote communities across Australia every week.
Your kind gift today can help put fuel in mobile laundry to keep us on the road over the holidays and into the new year – supporting communities that need us.
It takes more than 3,000 volunteers to connect communities through regular laundry and shower services.
People and connection is at the heart of everything we do. We need your help to find and train the awesome people who volunteer with Orange Sky and spend hours listening to friends in need.
Our machines work hard. We’ve run more than 63,000 loads of laundry this year already with thousands more to go.
With a substantial contribution towards new washing machines and dryers – you'll be helping thousands of people feel fresher and better about themselves.
Sometimes, a fresh start beings with fresh laundry
There are a lot of stats going around about the housing crisis in Australia, and how it’s getting worse. It’s not just the numbers that get us.
It’s the heartbreak in the stories our friends share with us. In stories like Cass's.
The next few months will be especially hard for people who are experiencing homelessness or hardship. But, you and Orange Sky can make a difference.
We can provide friends with a warm shower, clean fresh clothes, and the knowledge that someone cares about them.
Clean laundry is what brings people to Orange Sky – but connection is what makes this a life-changing service.
What does Orange Sky do?
Our service is simple; we provide a platform for every day Australians to connect through a regular laundry and shower service. The focus is on creating a safe, positive and supportive environment for people who are too often ignored or who feel disconnected from the community. Our volunteers are not social workers or experts on homelessness – they are empathetic listeners and great conversationalists.
Looking for a holiday gift that gives back?
There’s no good time of year to be experiencing homelessness.
It’s especially rough when you see other people celebrating and having family holidays – and you’re not even safe or comfortable.
Orange Sky is a simple service and we can’t fix homelessness alone. But fresh laundry, a shower and a warm and friendly chat can make a huge difference for someone doing it tough. When you support Orange Sky, you’re telling someone that you care. You help them in a really direct and human way.
Please dig deep and help care for all the people who’ll need kindness and human connection over the holidays and into the new year.