How you can support the EMC

The Early Morning Centre (EMC) provides a safe space for some of our city’s most vulnerable people. With the help of dedicated volunteers, we provide a much-needed service that is more than just a meal. Our guests are provided with a place where they feel safe and respected, where they have a voice and can be heard, where they are part of a community that supports them.

See how you can help us continue to support vulnerable people in our community…

Our volunteers are the life-blood of our organisation, we simply couldn’t function without them. If you want to join a team of passionate, dedicated and caring volunteers, the EMC is for you.

We have two main volunteering opportunities; preparing and serving breakfast between 7am and 9am, or working in the community hub for a few hours between 9am and 2pm.

We ask for a commitment of a shift per week or fortnight. The breakfast shift is great for people working full time as you can finish up in time to get to work.

To find out more about becoming a volunteer please email us, give us a call on 6247 5041 or drop in and have a chat with our team.

*We currently have two unique volunteer opportunities; for our weekly arts and crafts session and for our fortnightly computer club. Click here to read more.*

All donations help us continue to provide essential services and support to our guests. You can choose to make a one-off or recurring donation.

Click here to donate.

(Please note you will be directed to the Hands Across Canberra website to make a secure online donation. Please then click “Donate” and select “The Early Morning Centre – UnitingCare Canberra City” from the drop-down list.)

By making a donation you will become a Friend of the EMC. As a Friend, you will be part of a group of like-minded people who share the vision of the EMC to support vulnerable people in our community. Our Friends receive our quarterly newsletters as well as invitations to special events.

Donations $2 and over are allowable tax deductions.

ACNC Registered Charity

Donations of food are greatly appreciated. If you’d like to donate food, below are the items we use for our emergency food packs:

Emergency food pack contents

Click here to view and download the list.

All donations help support members of our community in their time of need.

If you’re interested in holding a food drive at your workplace, school or community group, please drop us a line.

Another fun option and great team-building exercise is to run a BBQ for our guests. We provide the BBQ and the guests, you provide the food and your team. To find out more and get involved, please email us or give us a call on 6247 5041.

You could hold a morning tea or dress-up day at your workplace, or even cycle from one side of Australia to the other, like one of our volunteers recently did!  

You can either collect cash donations or set up a fundraising event on MyCause.

Funds raised go directly to supporting our guests. Fund-raisers will receive a certificate of appreciation.

If you’re planning a fundraiser, we’d love to hear about it! Please send us an email or call us on 6247 504.

By sponsoring the EMC, you will be enhancing your reputation and increasing your community profile, as well as creating volunteer opportunities for your staff. You will also make an enormous impact on the lives of vulnerable people in our community.

There are different sponsorship opportunities available, to find out more, please email us or call us on 6247 5041.

You can click here to view our sponsors and supporters.

The Early Morning Centre’s Feel Good Feed program provides the opportunity for local businesses and community groups to get firsthand experience helping people experiencing homelessness, by cooking a lunch for EMC guests.

Local businesses and community groups are invited to attend the EMC to cook lunch for our guests. The supporter will provide, prepare and cook lunch using the EMC’s kitchen facilities, and provide table service to guests.

Click here to find out more and get involved.

Leaving a will bequest to the EMC is a great way to continue supporting vulnerable people in the Canberra community.

To find out more about leaving a bequest, please email us or call us on 6247 5041.

Homelessness is more than just rooflessness. A home provides a sense of security, stability, privacy and safety.

Often people don’t realise how easy it is to become homeless. Many of us are one or two crises away from experiencing homelessness; the death of a loved one, sickness, injury or job loss can lead to people being unable to afford to buy food, pay bills and rent.

Talk about the EMC to your friends, family and colleagues. Help raise awareness of the issues faced by people experiencing homelessness.

If you would like to find out more about homelessness in Australia, you can visit Homelessness Australia’s website.

Like us on Facebook, share our posts and invite your friends to like our page.

Feel free to pop in during our Community Hub hours (9am to 2pm) to chat to our team.

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