A western suburbs organisation which supports disadvantaged young people to complete their education has been awarded a $5000 grant from law firm Slater and Gordon.
Western Chances will use the money to support four financially disadvantaged young people from diverse backgrounds through its scholarship program.
Slater and Gordon lawyers and staff have chosen five community organisations that will share in $30,000 in grants this month as part of the firm’s Staff Giving Program.
The successful recipients were chosen from more than 100 not for profit groups that applied for a grant to fund a community initiative that would either promote healthy living for young people; assist people with disease or disability; or address inequality and the disadvantaged.
Sunshine lawyer Craig Lynch said it was great to be able to support an organisation that helps young people overcome social, cultural and financial barriers to help them complete their education.
“Western Chances has done some great work with disadvantaged youth in the western suburbs. We are thrilled that, with our support, they will be able to help more young students achieve their full potential,” Mr Lynch said.
Social Responsibility Manager Suzy Mallett congratulated the winners and said it was humbling to receive such a strong pool of applications.
“It is fantastic to see so many organisations developing such inspiring and beneficial community programs that will benefit people in need across many communities, across Australia,” Ms Mallett said. .
Ms Mallett said staff helped choose the winning recipients and were looking forward to seeing the outcomes of the programs.
“The Staff Giving Program was set up to provide an easy way for Slater and Gordon staff to give back to the communities where they work and help improve the lives of people facing a whole number of challenges,” Ms Mallett said.
“I know that our staff feel a sense of pride when they can see exactly how others will benefit by donating a portion of their wages to this program.”
Slater and Gordon will only accept new applications to the Community Fund after 1 July 2014. For eligibility criteria please contact Suzy Mallett on 03 9602 6832 or at email@example.com.
Donations from Slater and Gordon’s Staff Giving Program are combined with funds from the law firm and channelled into the Slater and Gordon Community Fund. This is a fund managed by the Australian Communities Foundation.
Background on the fund is available at: www.slatergordon.com.au/the-firm/community