Geelong Community Initiative

We are Community


The surf coast in Victoria, from Geelong down to the Great Ocean Road, has been hit by devastating affordable housing shortages. According to a Domain rental report released this month, housing rental in the greater Geelong region rose by almost 30%. This means that people – individuals, families and children – in Geelong are hurting.

Join us for an Anti-Poverty Week event that will shine a light on Greater Geelong – on Tuesday 18 October – ‘We Are Community’.

It will be a night where you will be asked to open your ears, tap into your heart and ask yourselves “How can Vinnies help me be an advocate for change?”

Full program details will be available closer to the date (Heart-warming stories, heart-warming food, interactive opportunities and learning about “good”). However, we can’t wait to introduce you first hand to the ‘Good Works’ our active network of 1,070+ volunteers in the local Geelong area provide rain, hail or shine.



When: 18 October
Where: Geelong West Town Hall – 153 Pakington Street, Geelong West 3218
What: We are Community

An immersive evening of:

  • Hearing an in-conversation chat with Vinnies leaders in the Geelong region
  • Stories of the lived experience
  • Taste the nutritional food offerings provided daily by Vinnies
  • and activities demonstrating social justice and disadvantage


There will no longer be a sleepout element of this year’s event, but we will be introducing you to what is in store for the 2023 sleepout on the night. So we encourage anyone interested in taking part in the Geelong Community Sleepout to register and come along on the night to get a taste of what is in store.

If you had already registered for the 2022 sleepout and are still committed to sleeping out in honour of all your generous donors, please feel free to do so from home at a time that suits you. Fundraising resources can be found here. If you are keen to take part in the 2023 event, we can even transfer the funds you have already raised in 2022 to that event.


Check out our leading fundraisers!