We help refugees
Do you also want to contribute with a donation or as a volunteer of an aid programme for refugees? To give you a better idea of the various existing initiatives, we list a number of contact addresses here which were compiled by the Austrian Federal Chancellery and the Union of Public Services. (The list below has been sorted alphabetically, is not necessarily exhaustive and most of the linked websites are in German.)
Since November 2015, the association Respekt.net has run the website Asylwohnung.at (in German). The platform is aimed at people who want to rent out, sublet or donate accommodation to refugees but do not really know how to do so. It addresses key questions concerning the private housing of refugees and provides information about contact persons throughout Austria.
Education Initiative Austria (BIÖ) has launched an initiative against the exclusion of individuals from our society and started the PROSA (School for All!) project. Young refugees who are denied the right to education due to the discriminating legal situation in Austria are given the opportunity to complete compulsory schooling. You can give money directly on the project’s website.
Caritas Austria has compiled the most important information for volunteers wishing to help on its website "Help for refugees". This includes information about “Housing space for refugees”, "Cash donations", "Omni.bus – help for refugees in the Traiskirchen refugee camp", "Helping at Vienna’s West and Main Railway Stations", "Talk with people, dispel fears" and "Donating time".
Diakonie Refugee Services has set up its own website entitled "I want to help", providing volunteers with all the necessary information on the topics of "Providing housing space", "Cash donations", "Donations in kind" as well as "Voluntary service".
The Integrationshaus provides accommodation and help to particularly needy refugees and asylum seekers. For this purpose, the charitable association asks for donations on its website to be able to keep up its good work.
Kolping Austria and many of its institutions offer individuals who have been driven from their home country a place to stay as well as advice and support. Volunteers may give time, money or donate clothes and goods; further details can be found on their website.
The Austrian Broadcasting Corporation ORF started the initiative "Help. Like we do" for war refugees together with Caritas, Diakonie, Hilfswerk, Samariterbund, Red Cross and Volkshilfe. Volunteers may offer housing space, but also give money, donate in kind or get involved personally via the related website.
The ORF aid programme "Neighbour in Need" dedicates a separate website to refugee relief in Syria and has started an initiative for refugees and displaced persons. The page also provides information on various ways to donate, e.g. online or by text.
Austrian Red Cross supports refugees both in Austria and internationally and provides current news about refugee relief on its website. Apart from donating online, you can also buy hygiene kits or food bags for refugee families.
SOS Children’s Villages Austria helps refugee children and young people to find new homes. Donations can help to provide unaccompanied minor refugees with age-appropriate, high-quality care.
The "We are all fellow human beings" charity SOS Mitmensch strives to give an overview for all the many people who want to help asylum seekers and refugees by providing the necessary information in lists by federal province.
The City of Vienna has launched its own online platform "Help for refugees" for all those of us who want to "volunteer life" in Vienna. Interested parties may not only offer housing space, give money or donate in kind, but also register with a donation of their time for helping refugees in Vienna in various ways.
UniClubplus is a programme for young refugees aged over 15 for whom it is frequently difficult to reconnect to the experiences and interests they had before they were forced to leave their country of origin. The project initiated in October 2015 has been planned and implemented by the Children’s Office of the University of Vienna and also allows you to make donations.
The Volkshilfe Austria charity offers the most important information on its website on how volunteers may help refugees in concrete terms. In addition, contact addresses of the relevant provincial organisations may also be found there.
The website of the Wiener Hilfswerk relief organisation asks for donations to support the refugee work of their neighbourhood centres. The ten neighbourhood centres help individuals irrespective of their origin, religion or income status.