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 www.easternvolunteers.org.au.