The Big Umbrella Foundation is committed to the principle that every person should live free from poverty and exploitation.
As an NGO based in Australia, The Big Umbrella Foundation works locally and abroad to address issues impacting on marginalised people, including those affected by human rights abuses, exploitation, forced labour and homelessness.
The Big Umbrella is 100% run by volunteers.
Homeless In Australia
Volunteers and growing
Volunteers are the heartbeat of our organisation
In Australia, we have worked with over 22,000 corporate and individual volunteers to provide and serve a massive 102,500 meals to the homeless communities of Melbourne by rescuing an astounding 218 tonne of surplus food from corporate events and the food services industry. Incredibly that’s over 66,000 people hours of service donated/given to our local community (the equivalent of 32 people working full time for one year). The cash value of their donated hours totals around $2.4 million. This is an outstanding achievement for a 100% volunteer organisation.
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'Just a quick note to say thank you for inviting me to come along to last nights’ employee volunteer program with Big Umbrella. I had no expectations nor preconceived ideas about the evening. I was absolutely overwhelmed and felt very humble, the people I met and had the chance to talk with were just amazing. Their gratitude and appreciation was something that will last with me for ever.'
Director of Manufacturing Toyota Australia
“Working with The Big Umbrella has been great. Being able to contribute and give back to the community with a great bunch of enthusiastic volunteers really added to the night. One of the reasons I enjoyed participating in the “A Real Meal” project, was the interactions with people on the street. We not only provide delicious food, but we are able to share our lives and communicate with them. I am definitely looking forward to volunteering again and getting on board with this charity in different ways!”
Grace Wong Transaction Advisory Services | Ernst & Young
“Volunteering with the Big Umbrella with some of my colleagues for the past 2 years has been an invaluable experience for me. The evenings are very well organized and run by the Big Umbrella volunteers, and we always feel like we fit right in. The customers we serve are friendly, thankful and make some interesting conversation. I would recommend this program to any company looking to organize a volunteering event that doubles as a team building exercise. There is nothing that brings a team together quite like being able to put a smile on someone’s face while cooking pancakes at Flinders Street Station!”
Mihaela Carpo, P. Eng. Engineering Standards Manager | Worley Parsons
“As a Melbourne family business, The Pancake Parlour loves to see the people of this city work together to tackle the issues we face as a community. Over the past two years, we’ve teamed up with The Big Umbrella to provide meals to our friends on the street at the Flinders Street Station Soup Kitchen, and raised $25,000 through initiatives for International Pancake Day. Teaming up with a wonderful organisation such as The Big Umbrella has enabled us to celebrate the spirit of family and friendship, and combine our unique values to work towards a common goal, and that’s to provide ‘A Real Meal’ to the marginalised community of Melbourne.”
Mandy David Managing Director | The Pancake Parlour