What we do
Our mission: To provide the support and basic human needs to the marginalised and disenfranchised members of society.
One way we do this is by serving up more than 700 meals a week at Central Station. Firing up the barbecue every weeknight on the corner of Pitt Street and Eddy Avenue, we provide meals to those in need. We also distribute water, clothes, toiletries, we offer bedding assistance and a listening ear.
A big part of what we do is getting to know the folk we assist. We build relationships with them, as well as provide for their needs. We also hold events for the homeless four times a year, with food, music, clothing, toiletries, haircuts and fantastic conversation.
We don’t discriminate. We’re friendly, welcoming and non-denominational. The food we hand out is often surplus and would otherwise go to waste. However, we also buy food and water for our nightly barbecues and events.
I’m Will Hawes and I founded WILL2LIVE at the start of 2012. I wanted to help people I could see who needed help. I started making sandwiches at home and walking the streets of Sydney CBD in search of people sleeping rough. Over time, with support and commitment, I bought a van so I could reach more people.
It was just me initially, but now volunteers and organisations have jumped on board and are helping us make a difference. They’re greatly appreciated.
Our 3 year vision is to expand our reach across Sydney and regional areas of NSW, by starting up regular services in more locations. Our 5 year plan is to eventually operate across Australia.
We also want to support this growth by having a larger premises to offer storage of clothing and supplies, refrigeration of food and also providing a space for food prep. This will allow us to scale our operations in line with our ambitious goals.
The possibility of expanding our good work is only possible by the generous contributions from our volunteers, partners and donors. If you would like to help us grow our vision, feel free to get involved.
WILL2LIVE is led by the charity’s CEO, Will Hawes, who started the journey back in 2012. Will oversees the day to day operations of the charity, liaising with the charity’s partners and being on the frontline serving the homeless.
The charity board comprises of dedicated individuals, passionate about seeing the growth of the charity to achieve its long term goals.
WILL2LIVE is only made possible by its army of friendly and generous volunteers. You’ll find them cooking up a barbecue every weeknight at Central Station.
Despite all their amazing work, the volunteers’ biggest contribution is the warm and friendly smile they greet each person with and the relationships they build with the people they are helping.