Lifewise appreciates that not everyone has the means or willingness to donate money. If you would like to donate your time instead, here are a few suggestions.

Become a Volunteer

Lifewise welcomes volunteers who would like to work at Merge Cafe, help us pick up donated items, or offer their help in other ways.

If you’d like to donate your time to helping Lifewise create connected, just, and inclusive communities, please fill out the form on the right and we will get back to you with some suggestions.

You can help someone enjoy a hot, delicious meal or a cup of coffee. $25 Meal Vouchers: for the price of just one meal at a fancy restaurant, you can provide five hot meals. Available for purchase at Merge Cafe.

Pre-loved items and Non-perishables

One of the simplest ways of giving a non-monetary donation is to donate pre-loved possessions. When you do your next spring clean or garage sale, think of an Aucklander in need who could use a good bed, blankets, warm clothing, and warm dry shoes. Sometimes we also accept whiteware like fridges and washing machines.

When donating food items, we suggest easy-to-carry and easy-to-open items such as packets of chips, muesli bars, and cans that do not require can openers.

If you’d like to donate any of the above or talk to us about any items you have that might be useful, please call 09 379 6932 or email

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