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Deakin University's Workplace Giving program is a simple and effective way for you* to lend a hand and make a difference to some fantastic causes through Deakin's payroll system.
By the end of December we hope to have at least 350 Deakin staff giving to one of our community partners or to our scholarships or research programs through workplace giving. If every one of us gave just $2.00 per week (less than the cost of a cup of coffee) over the course of one year collectively we would raise over $334,000 and collectively we would be making a significant difference to the initiatives that matter most to us.
Please, take just two minutes of your time to 'click', lend a hand to those who need it and make a difference. To learn more about workplace giving at Deakin, view the 2012 Workplace Giving Video.
Click on the links below to find out more about who you can support.
Generous support from Deakin staff through the Deakin Scholarships scheme has already changed the lives of many capable students who may otherwise not have had access to university, or failed to realise their dreams due to financial constraints, geographic isolation, social disadvantage or disability.
Our Scholarships are a powerful way to make a positive difference to the lives of individual students, and are a gift they will never forget. Plenty more inspiring students would love the opportunity to study at Deakin, but they need your help.
Your contribution will help tomorrow's leaders achieve their potential.
Find out more about the scholarships on offer at Deakin:
Read more from those who have already benefited from our scholarships program: http://www.deakin.edu.au/giving/testimonials/
Deakin prides itself on the fact that our Research ... makes a difference! But we need your support. By giving to Deakin's research projects you are supporting our world class researchers to undertake the research required to confront the challenges of the century. Please watch the video below to find out more about research at Deakin.
Give Where You Live is a leading Geelong philanthropic organisation dedicated to reducing disadvantage in the areas of health education and income.
Formerly known as United Way Geelong, Give Where You Live is a volunteer-led, non-profit organisation that works on one simple yet powerful philosophy: “together, we achieve more”. Through this philosophy they've been making a difference in the Geelong region since 1954, and currently, one in eight people in the region are directly assisted by Give Where You Live funding.
Your decision to support Give Where You Live through Workplace Giving will provide vital funds to its Community Partners, as they deliver quality services and programs to people of the Geelong region in their time of need. It is truly an example of ‘one contribution - many outcomes’. Give Where You Live Community Partners include Glastonbury, Rainbow Riders, Barwon Youth, Diversitat, Bethany, TheOutpost and The Geelong Food Relief Centre.
With a specific focus on the individuals and families affected by education, income and health disadvantage, Give Where You Live seeks to remedy not just the symptoms of these important social issues, but also to address the causes behind them.
Brophy Family & Youth Services was established in Warrnambool in 1974. Their vision is to strengthen the capacity of youth, enrich the lives of individuals and families, and build connections in communities throughout South West Victoria.
More than 1000 young people throughout South West Victoria are supported to develop self esteem, confidence and reconnection with local community. This assistance, delivered across a wide range of services, enables positive outcomes for individuals, carers and families. Brophy helps more than 400 homeless youth in the region, as well as another 650 young people experiencing issues at home and school. This support assists breaking the poverty and homelessness cycle.
Brophy Family & Youth Services provides a comprehensive range of services including:
Last year, Brophy provided:
143 young people with access to education and work pathways
7,400 nights of housing for vulnerable youth
95 children and young people with stable homes through Foster Care
A donation of just $5 per pay over one year can help to provide 260 Homeless Care Kits (Towel, soap, deodorant, razor) or contribute towards sending 80 young people back to school (fees, books, school uniforms). With your support Brophy Family & Youth Services hope to do much more in 2013.
The Smith Family believes that education has the power to transform lives, not just minds. Through their Learning for Life program, the national charity enables disadvantaged young Australians to get the opportunities they need to fully participate in their education and create better futures for themselves.
More than 605,000* Australian children live in jobless families. For these children, the effects of their family's financial disadvantage go beyond the pressures of not having enough money for the basics; it can prevent them from accessing the same educational and life opportunities as their peers.
The Smith Family's Learning for Life program provides long-term support for young Australians, from primary years through to tertiary education and their transition to the workforce. This ongoing assistance helps students develop and build vital life skills, stay engaged in their education and break the cycle of disadvantage.
Student sponsorships provide financial assistance to help with the cost of essential education items such as uniforms, text books and school excursions, as well as emotional support that encourages them to stay motivated at school. Learning for Life workers in 97 communities link students to local learning support and mentoring programs.
*Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (2011) Labour Force Australia: Labour force status and other characteristics of families
Médecins sans Frontières is an independent, international medical humanitarian organisation that provides emergency medical assistance to victims of armed conflict, epidemics or natural disasters, and to populations that have little or no access to health care - regardless of race, religion or gender.
Médecins sans Frontières is a trusted, neutral organisation that is not aligned with any political agenda or cause. It is their uncompromisingly independent approach to patient care that greatly enhances their ability to operate in unstable countries such as Afghanistan and Democratic Republic of Congo.
Founded 40 years ago, Médecins sans Frontières currently has 24,000 national and international staff, including around 100 Australian and New Zealanders a year, working in challenging situations in over 60 countries. The teams are composed of specialists such as doctors, nurses, anaesthetists, logisticians and laboratory technicians. Together, they respond to the needs of people affected by conflict, floods and drought, run emergency feeding programs during nutritional crises, organise mass vaccination programs to prevent epidemics spreading, and tackle neglected diseases such as malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and kala azar.
Whether Médecins sans Frontières is providing professional emergency obstetric care to women amidst the devastation of an earthquake, responding to malnutrition in Chad, or performing surgery on people caught in brutal conflict in Sudan or Somalia, it is only with public support that they are in a position to act quickly with critical medical and relief supplies and expertise.
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