Community EngagementMaroondah

Eastern Volunteers Resource Centre : Launch of Kia Carnival

By October 30, 2007No Comments

Amongst its referral and training services, the Eastern Volunteers Resource Centre also provides transport for people with disabilities and the frail aged. This service is available for medical and health care appointments, day care programs, social and recreational activities, shopping and family visits and aims to assist people to live independently within their homes.

While there are approximately 60 volunteer drivers, there was the need for an additional vehicle to assist in demand for this service. In this regard the Eastern Volunteers Resource Centre has successfully partnered with the business community through philanthropic organisations.

The IOOF Foundation, which aims to assist in aged care services, has provided the Eastern Volunteers Resource Centre with a new Kia Carnival which will be used to transport clients for medical related appointments.

The contribution from the IOOF Foundation shows the potential that exists through utilising philanthropy to support non-profit community based organisations. Philanthropy is a growing industry within Australia with a many businesses recognising the need to contribute to the wider community.

Local government has the potential to coordinate philanthropic efforts through connecting the business community with local community causes. As such, I have requested that Maroondah Council support philanthropy within Maroondah. I am expecting some preliminary details on this concept before the end of this year.

For further information on the Eastern Volunteers Resource Centre please visit

Alex Makin

Alex Makin

Alex Makin is a councillor for the Mullum Ward in the City of Maroondah. Alex has been a councillor since 2005, representing ratepayers, businesses, community groups and residents. I aim to continue making a difference and welcome any thoughts you may have in regard to life, community and business in Maroondah. Phone: (03) 9870 8202 or 0408 311 645 Email:

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