• Soup Vans

    Words from our Volunteers

    Each week we do various forms of volunteering in line with our mission to keep our community warm. One of our most valued exercises is volunteering every Wednesday night with our close friends from the Vinnies Soup Vans. Volunteering on the Soup Vans allow us to not only distribute our blankets but to create the warmth […]

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    National Volunteer Week

    12 to 18 May 2014 marks National Volunteer Week in Australia. This week celebrates the wonderful work volunteers do to make Australia such a wonderful place to live. 300 Blankets is an advocate for volunteering as we wouldn’t exist without the community generously donating their time. Over the last 12 months, we have committed to […]

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    Being Human

    One night whilst out volunteering with the soup vans, a man approached looking weak and fragile. His hands were trembling and looking into his eyes, I could tell he is going through a very tough time. Through his cracked lips, the man shakily asked if he could have a cup of soup. With the answer […]

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    If I’m not laughing, I’ll be crying.

    Six months ago I wrote about the importance of friendship in a blog titled – The Warmth of Friendship. In the post, I introduced our readership to a friend called John. Since our meeting, I am happy to report that our friendship has remained strong and over time, John has opened up to allow me […]

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    Children Affected by Homelessness

    Distributing freshly prepared hot soup from the Vinnies Soup Van on a rainy night, a man and his young son approached me. The son was no older than 6 years old and what made this initial contact memorable was his incredibly well mannered conversation with his father and eventually I. Although he wasn’t dressed in […]

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    The Warmth of Friendship

    Last night a team of 300 Blankets volunteers and I volunteered with the Vinnies soup van. The weather was typical gloomy winter Melbourne night – freezing cold with on-and-off pouring rain. Running into the kitchen to escape from the rain, I was pleasantly greeted with the high spirits and laughter of the wonderful Vinnies volunteers […]

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    The St Vincent de Paul soup vans

    In 2012, over 1500 of the blankets raised by 300 Blankets were donated to the St Vincent de Paul soup vans. These blankets have been given out on cold nights to people who need the warmth most. Our blankets have reached people from the Melbourne CBD to people in country Victoria. Over the past few […]

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    Celebrating Christmas with Compeer

    On the 8th of December 2012, 300 Blankets was invited to help celebrate Christmas with Compeer. Our team of volunteers arrived early with our musical performers: Sinead, Joanna and Grahame, setting up the sound system, preparing the awesome Polaroid camera and doing the final wrapping of presents. It wasn’t long till guests from Compeer started […]

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  • 300 Blankets sharing the warmth of friendship at Christmas

    This year the management team at 300 Blankets is volunteering to help organise a Christmas party for the volunteers and companions of the Compeer program. Compeer is a friendship building  buddy program matching volunteers with a companion who is receiving mental health treatment. They meet weekly to chat about life, share interests and bond over activities […]

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  • Volunteering with the Vinnies soup vans

    On the 20th of June the 300 Blankets team were invited on a special St Vincent de Paul soup van run. On the night, Vinnies organised a special van to drive our team on their nightly soup run. Before we set off, the President of the St Vincent de Paul Victoria Soup Vans, Br. Doug, […]

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