Tell us about yourself...
My name is Carly and I am the Community Engagement Manager for Baby Give Back. I have two girls, aged 6 and 3 who also love to come and spend time in our warehouse. It teaches them so much about giving back. As a family we love to go camping - Yamba and Fraser Island are a couple of our favourite places. I love reading when I get a chance and enjoy catching up with my friends. I'm lucky to have an amazing network of family and friends around me who are my village now that I am working full time.
What do you do with Baby Give Back and how long have you been involved?
I have been involved with Baby Give Back since starting out as a volunteer in 2018 and this year began working with them full time, leaving my 16 year teaching career. I am the Community Engagement Manager - looking after volunteers across the organisation, corporate volunteering opportunities and building support for Baby Give Back in Brisbane.
Tell us a bit more about Baby Give Back…
At Baby Give Back, we collect, sort and safety check donated essential items (everything from clothing and nappies to cots, prams and car seats) and support families in our community by working with caseworkers and social workers to provide customised orders for each family to suit their needs and circumstances. Our priority is ensuring that all items are safe and in great condition so that families can feel the love and compassion of their community.
What is your involvement with the loans.com.au Women, Children & Community Program?
The amazing team from loans.com.au have volunteered in our warehouse, doing everything from cleaning car seats to sorting donations and packing orders. They've also done a collection of essential items for us and helped to spread the word about the work we do.
What does support from companies like loans.com.au mean to your organisation?
Support from companies like loans.com.au means that we can continue to provide essential items to vulnerable families in our community - man power in the form of a team volunteering together for a day means we can get through some of the big items that might usually take us a couple of weeks. It allows us to focus on a particular priority for a day, while sharing stories about the work we do, increasing community knowledge. Collecting items through a Collection Drive in your workplace is also a great way to support us and loans.com.au had a really successful collection that they brought along to their volunteering day and learnt firsthand just where these items go.
What would you say to someone considering volunteering their time or donating items?
If you are in a position to donate, we would love to rehome your gently-used baby and children's items. We channel giving and support from our community to vulnerable families and rely on the generosity of the community to enable us to fulfill orders.
You can drop your donations to our warehouse at 2/97 Jijaws St, Sumner (Mon-Wed 9am-4pm and Thurs 9am-7.30pm) or 10/15 John Duncan Ct, Varsity Lakes (Mon, Wed and Friday 9am-4pm and Tues 9am-7.30pm). We also have monthly Collection Days across Brisbane - check out our socials for more details.
Anything else to add?
We are driven by the desire to help families when they need it the most and would love to welcome more volunteers into our community. Come along and meet like-minded people and make a difference. You never know, you might be our next super pram safety checker or our next clothing box queen!