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“I alone cannot change the world but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples…”

– Mother Teresa

Hayden's Helping Hands

Charity sponsors and affiliates

Principal purpose

Hayden’s Helping Hands was established to provide for the relief and alleviation of poverty, distress, misfortune and disadvantage suffered by people experiencing homelessness in Australia including through:

  • Distributing food and supplies to people experiencing homelessness through a network of volunteers, including in particular young people;
  • Improving access to basic human needs for people experiencing homelessness, including sanitation and clothing;
  • Creating opportunities for people experiencing homelessness to interact on a meaningful and mutually beneficial level with the community, particularly young people;
  • Promoting and raising awareness and understanding of homelessness, particularly among young Australians

Hayden’s Helping Hands Services

How we help people

We provide meals and basic humans needs for people on low incomes, experiencing homelessness, fleeing domestic violence.
Providing short term emergency food packs (generally limited to 2-3 times and at discretion of Hayden’s Helping Hands)  for people who may otherwise go without.  Improving access to basic human needs for people experiencing homelessness on a reliable and ongoing basis in regular outreaches in Melbourne CBD, including toiletries, clothing and other essential items;

How we raise awareness

Hayden, Stephanie and volunteers can attend your kindergarten, school, or community events to talk about Hayden’s Helping Hands and what you can do to support those in need.

We are a small charity with limited resources, but you can find additional support through:

Life Line – 13 11 14

1800Respect (National Sexual assault, domestic family violence counselling service)
1800 737 732              

Vinnies –

Salvation Army –

From Us 2 You for Fresh Food Northern Suburbs


The Impact of This Community to Date

15 +
12700 +
Clothes, Toiletries, Bedding and Toys
7800 +
Food Items

Hayden Rujak

14 years old

Hi my name is Hayden and I’m 14 years old.  I was inspired to start this charity after my trip to the U.S.A in December 2014 because there were a lot of homeless people there. So I decided to help people at home in Australia.

Stephanie Rujak

11 years old

Hi my name is Stephanie and I’m 11 years old.  After our trip to America my brother and I were very keen to start this charity and I love being a big part helping and raising awarness for the homeless.

Donations and Volunteer


We are always in the need for goods.  Please download our Goods Guide to see what we are in need of below. 

Download Goods Donation Guide

We have DGR status, therefore all Donations of $2.00 or more are tax deductible. We use the Good Company Donation Portal which handles your Donation and Tax Receipt securely.  Please donate below

Donate Via Good Company

We would love to have you as a volunteer.  Please use the contact form at the bottom of the page and introduce yourself.  Make sure you leave an email address so we can send you our Volunteer Form.  Given we are youth led, it is mandatory that Volunteers have a Working With Children check.

Jump to Contact Us Form


If you would like some more information or wish to help you can contact us also via this form.