DineSmart was founded in 2003, and so far the initiative has raised over $5.7 million to reduce homelessness. Taking part is simple: dine at one of the restaurants below between November 21 and December 31. When your bill comes, you can add a small donation to the total, which will go to hyper-local support programs. In some cases, your money will travel just a few doors down the street, maybe to a drop-in centre or a women’s refuge.
In 2018, Dine Smart donations in Sydney totalled over $45,000, funding 14 projects. These include Lou’s Place, a women’s refuge in Paddington that offers education and assistance finding employment, and The Haymarket Foundation in Chippendale, which provides a safe place for people in crisis and helps them into longer-term accommodation.