Share the Dignity on the hunt for Macarthur volunteers

VITAL CAUSE: An example of donations to the Its in The Bag campaign, run annually by womens charity Share the Dignity. Picture: Supplied
VITAL CAUSE: An example of donations to the Its in The Bag campaign, run annually by womens charity Share the Dignity. Picture: Supplied

Do you have an hour to spare each week?

Share the Dignity is on the hunt for volunteers across Macarthur to help it support vulnerable women.

The women's charity provides sanitary and incontinence products to women who cannot afford to buy them.

Campbelltown resident Rachel Jacinto said she was inspired to become a volunteer when she was in high school.

"I went to St Patrick's College in Campbelltown and one of the students brought Share the Dignity to our school and we all supported it," she said.

"When I left school I came across the Facebook page and saw that I could become a volunteer in my own area so I decided to do it.

"My first shifts were during COVID lockdowns last year when people were actually panic buying pads and tampons - we even had people stealing from our donation bins.

"So it's more important now than ever to make sure people who have strained finances can access these essential items."

Ms Jacinto said all people should have the right to access pads, tampons and incontinence products.

"Some of the women we help have to choose between being able to buy food and being able to afford these products," she said.

"We bridge that gap because everyone should have the right to access these items.

"We help to give people that dignity."

Share the Dignity has several campaigns throughout the year including its popular In The Bag campaign.

Ms Jacinto said volunteers would work throughout these campaigns.

"All you have to do is organise a time each week to go in and collect the collection bin from your local Woolies store - Woolies is our main partner but there are other participating stores," she said.

"Then you go home, count the items and log them into the system.

"At the end of the month you reach out to chosen charities and donate the items to them.

"We are basically the middle men, and middle women, between donations and the services who need them."

The 20-year-old said volunteers were desperately needed across Macarthur and the wider south west.

"It's only an hour out of your whole week," Ms Jacinto said.

"You could even pair it with your weekly grocery run.

"We are all sisters, and we are all in this together so if you have an hour to spare to help vulnerable women and girls we could use your help.

"I'd love to see more young people volunteering too - we get to help shape the future of our community."

Volunteers are needed in Campbelltown, Eagle Vale, Leppington, Gregory Hills, Mount Annan, Narellan, Rosemeadow and Tahmoor.

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