The Give Where You Live program aims to ensure these charities have access to donations that improve the social and economic wellbeing of people in the region.
The program will assist people across the Southern Highlands who are suffering from hardship as a result of natural disasters, COVID-19 lockdowns, domestic and family violence and homelessness.
GIVIT NSW manager Scott Barrett said residents could support their community through the donation of items or funds to assist vulnerable people across the region.
"We're putting a call out to local charities, schools and community groups supporting Southern Highlands residents to register with GIVIT to access donations for their clients," he said.
"GIVIT is free and easy to you use, allowing these organisations to focus on delivering their core services, reducing the administrative and financial cost of managing donations and offers of help."
100 per cent of donated funds received by GIVIT will be used to purchase what's needed by residents in the region. GIVIT purchases locally, where possible, to support local communities.
Mr Barrett said there were already a lot of registered needs in the Southern Highlands, including a young couple experiencing hardship due to lockdowns.
"They have a newborn baby and have just moved into temporary accommodation," he said. "They're in need of furniture and essential items to help them to get back on their feet.
"We also have a single mother with two children fleeing domestic violence. They have just secured a rental home and need a range of essential items to help them rebuild their lives."
Southern Highlands Foundation chair Shelley Boyce OAM said the focus of the Foundation was to bring people together from all sectors of the community to identify and address local issues.
"We believe in the power of individuals and organisations working together to effect positive change in our community," Ms Boyce said.
"Southern Highlands was impacted by bushfires last year, and the pandemic has had a huge effect on our tourism sector meaning there are a lot of people really struggling.
"We're pleased to be partnering with GIVIT to inspire people in our region to support the community during times of need."
GIVIT has already begun assisting people in the Southern Highlands thanks to generous donors.
Mr Barrett pointed out that this included the ability to help a family that lost their home in the Black Summer Bushfires who were living in a temporary pod with no access to town water.
"GIVIT was able to provide them with a water tank, giving them access to clean drinking water until they're able to rebuild their home," he said.
To donate or learn more about GIVIT's Southern Highlands Relief Program visit https://www.givit.org.au/appeals/givit-together/give-where-you-live-southern-highlands. To pledge an item that may not be listed go to www.givit.org.au/donate-items.
Local charities, services and community groups in the Southern Highlands can register with GIVIT for free to access thousands of donations offered by generous individuals and corporates. Register via GIVIT.org.au/need-help/organisations.
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