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At the start of the year, everyone is focused on goal-setting and planning for the year to come, so why not make contributing to the community or housing the homeless one of your goals? If you’re the kind of person that feels the need to stay in touch with your community and to help it grow, then getting involved with Lifewise is one of the best ways to do it. We have a mission to help the most vulnerable people in society — from people experiencing homelessness to children in need of a safe home — and to do that we need as much help as we can get.

You can get involved in many different ways, whether you have very little time or a lot to spare, and become a hands-on member of your local community! So, ready for a new year and a new you? Read on!

Donate to Lifewise

If you don’t have a lot of time on your hands, donating to Lifewise is one of the best ways you can help. By setting up a monthly donation—or even a one-off donation—you can send money to each of the services under our umbrella. Your support helps them to grow, allowing us to deliver support and resources to people who need them.

For example, our Youth Housing program supports young people who are homeless or at serious risk of becoming homeless. We provide safe housing for these kids, helping them to build the skills they need to succeed.

Participate in Lifewise Events

Every year we host a variety of events and fundraisers for the community to get everyone working together towards a better New Zealand. By participating in events like these—including sharing them on social media and bringing friends and family along with you—you’re helping us get more support towards our programs.

Beyond that, these events let you connect with the people you’re helping! We believe that being an active part of one’s community is essential, so showing up to events like these and making a real effort is a great way to feel a profound sense of purpose and connection.

Here are examples of three big events that Lifewise runs:

  • The Lifewise Big Sleepout, where people tough it out on a cold winter’s night, “sleeping rough” outdoors while sponsored by friends and family.
  • The Merge Dinner, a pay-as-you-feel event where families and friends can book a delicious multi-course meal at our Karangahape Road café.
  • The Christmas Appeal, inviting donations over the holiday season, encouraging people to give what they can to make the world a better place.

Join Our Team of Superstars

Finally, you can choose to join our team! We’re always in search of more people who share our values, to help make our programs a success, and your support can make all the difference in people’s lives. For example, if you’d like to help out in Merge Cafe’s kitchen or look after front-of-house, we’d love to hear from you. Or if you feel you can take on a bigger responsibility, you can become a foster parent and help at-risk children find a safe home.

Joining the ranks of our fostering services team will give you the chance to change the life of every child you meet through Lifewise. We are urgently in need of Auckland families willing to give children good homes for as long as needed, and to help them rebuild a sense of whānau and safety. If you think this is a path for you, then we’d love to hear from you.

New Year, New Life, New Zealand

Change lives this year by getting involved with Lifewise! If you’re curious about anything discussed above, feel free to get in contact with our lovely team — we’ll be delighted to get your call!