CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR CLOSURE DETAILS
Our teams will be taking a break for the festive season, with our Op Shops closing at 12pm on Thursday 23rd of December. The stores will then reopen on Monday the 10th of January, 2022.
We’d like to thank you all for supporting the charity during another tough year. Choosing to donate to our stores and shop second hand has a huge impact on the aid services we can deliver and we’re grateful for the enthusiasm you’ve all shown every time we reopen our doors.
BRIDGEWATER ON LODDON UPDATE:
Helping Hands Mission have had a long connection with regional and rural Victoria. It’s hard to believe it was almost 6 years ago, back in March of 2016, that we set up an Op Shop in the old Uniting Church on Main Street, and the site once again became a hub for the Bridgewater on Loddon community.
Since then we’ve had a wonderful team of volunteers join us, have welcomed locals and tourists alike in for their op shopping fix, run Work for the Dole programs, distributed food to countless families each week out of our refurbished shipping container, and awarded over $50,000 in funding to local schools and organisations through our Community Grants program.
Sadly, COVID-19 has had a significant impact on our charity, just like it has for all groups and individuals across Victoria. We’ve seen the closure of two of our sites in Melbourne as a result of the pandemic, and now we have had to make another difficult decision and take a step back from running the Op Shop in Bridgy.
Thankfully, we have a plan for a handover to ensure food aid is still distributed. We’ve known Colleen Condliffe for many years and we’re happy to announce we will be donating the shipping container and all its contents to her Bridgewater Railway Station project, where the historic building will be transformed into a community centre that, among other things, will distribute the food hampers throughout Bridgewater and surrounds.
As for the Op Shop itself – it has been a really tough decision for us to have to step aside and we have had meetings with numerous community groups and leaders, but unfortunately no one felt they had the capacity to continue it on at this stage. We would love to see it stay open and we understand the landlord is currently in discussions with parties who are keen to keep operating it, separate to Helping Hands Mission.
The end of an era is always an emotional time. We all have such fond memories and a really special place in our hearts for Bridgy, Inglewood and Loddon Shire and we are so grateful for the input from the volunteers and Work for the Dole participants over the years. We appreciate the community for embracing us and all the customers who came from near and far to visit the shop. Lastly, a very special thank you to Marnie Jones and Glenn Mangan, for their hard work, passion and dedication since the beginning.
Helping Hands Mission Inc. raises funds for our Emergency and Material Aid programs via the sales in our op shops - we do not rely on government funding. If you would like to support our charity please click the 'Donate' button below. Thank you!
Helping Hands Mission Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation that runs five opportunity shops across Melbourne, and provides emergency support to Victorian families and individuals who are suffering as a result of extreme circumstance.
Extreme circumstance can strike anyone at any time. Natural disasters, such as drought or bushfire, have an enormous impact on the day-to-day lives of many families. Similarly, illness or unexpected loss of income can place people in a sudden and very difficult situation. We currently work in partnership with a number of local and rural aid agencies to ensure the emergency and material aid support we provide is accessible and directed across a broad range of community needs.
Our op shops are a treasure trove of quality clothing, footwear, books, toys, furniture, homewares and bric-a-brac, and we keep our prices low to ensure that everyone can afford to wear nice clothes, furnish their homes, and buy toys for their kids. This provides a sense of dignity to those who need our help most. We also run Work for the Dole programs, giving job seekers the opportunity to develop their skills and improve employability.
As well as being a resource and a meeting place for the community, these op shops provide the funding we need to deliver programs that focus on providing emergency aid, material aid and opportunities for social inclusion. Every dollar spent in our op shops goes back to helping the community.
Come and visit us today and see why Helping Hands op shops have become an integral part of the community during our 14 years of operation. Our op shops are located in Airport West, Roxburgh Park, Preston and Sunshine.