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Care Bins

What are the Care Bins?

The Highfield Road Uniting Church Bin ministry collects quality used goods for Broadmeadows UnitingCare and its network of community Op Shops.

People come from all over Melbourne to drop off their items, as the bins are well maintained and goods are looked after and not damaged by the weather or stolen.

Volunteers empty the bins, bag the clothing and store them for the truck to collect. This is necessary as so much is donated that without this work the bins would be overflowing. Three times a week a truck from Broadmeadows UnitingCare comes to collect the goods.

What goods are collected?

Good quality clothing, books, household goods, toys, computers and games. The Highfield Road congregation also collects non-perishable food and grocery items on Sunday to send to Broadmeadows UnitingCare each week. (Collected inside the church foyer, not outside at the bins.)

Volunteers needed!

The work is not difficult and is good exercise. The age of volunteers ranges from mid 20s to just over 80 with both men and women assisting. We enjoy meeting the people who contribute to the bins. People who donate goods often express appreciation for the fact that their goods go to people who need help.

If you would like to help, we meet at the Bins at 4.30 any day of the week. Please contact Graeme Cross on 9836 4779 for more details.

How did this project start?

Goods began to be collected for Care in about 1974 when the goods were collected from a private house. Then in 1992 the first bin was placed at the Highfield Road Church and due to the amount of good quality goods donated, in 2013 there are now in 8 large bins.

Thank you to all who contribute goods and to the volunteers for their support of the work of Broadmeadows UnitingCare.