Posted on 28 Feb 2014
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 in our communities.
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 assist those less fortunate in many communities across Australia,” Ms Mallett said.
“Even though it was a tough decision, we are confident that the winning grant recipients will be able to deliver some wonderful programs.
“Some of the programs include providing homework centres and tutors for Aboriginal children, helping financially disadvantaged young people complete high school, and providing sporting equipment to help the physical needs of children with cancer.”
The full list of recipients:
Childhood Cancer Support, QLD: $4,091
Childhood Cancer Support’s (Qld) mission is to provide support and medium and long-term accommodation, at no cost, to all families impacted by childhood cancer of any kind.
The grant will be used to purchase indoor/outdoor sporting equipment to support physical needs of children with cancer.
Western Chances, VIC: $5,000
Western Chances support young people in Meelbourne’s western suburbs to overcome social, cultural and financial barriers that are hindering their chances of completing their education.
Funds will be used to support four financially disadvantaged young people from diverse backgrounds through its Western Chances Scholarship Program.
Autism Spectrum Australia, national: $9,590
Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)’s mission is to deliver person-centred solutions to people with autism and their families by providing responsive, flexible and evidence-informed services.
Their Family Capacity Building for Autism program will provide vital early intervention to eight children with autism by delivering two hour weekly sessions to parents and concurrent separate workshops for children by trained Aspect facilitators.
KARI Aboriginal Resources, NSW: $7,698
KARI Aboriginal Resources Inc.is the largest Aboriginal foster care provider in Australia and one of the nation’s leading Aboriginal services which also provides service to the community centred on prevention, early intervention, education, mothers and fathers and community capacity building. The Kari Homework Centre Program provides Aboriginal children with a space where they can learn extra numeracy and literacy skills in a supportive environment with a tutor.
Funds will run the program in two homework centres in South West Sydney for seven weeks each school term.
Rosie's Youth Mission, QLD: $5,000
Rosie's Youth Mission Inc (QLD) runs Friends on the Street a unique service to some of our community’s most vulnerable, socially isolated and marginalised members.
They will use the funding for their Swags for Homeless Backpack Beds program which will provide 50 Backpack Beds for people living on the streets.
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 those less fortunate,” 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.”
A new round of applications for the next giveaway will be announced shortly.
To enquire about the application process and eligibility criteria for the next grants funding round, call Suzy Mallett on (03) 9602 6832 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations from Slater and Gordon’s Staff Giving Program are channelled into the Slater and Gordon Community Fund.
This is a fund managed by the Australian Communities Foundation.