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In addition through the hard work and generous donations of staff at individual offices we have been able to offer support to a variety of charity groups and people in our local communities.

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The Woodards Carlton office purchased a night on the town to experience what was truly humbling. 
 
While food insecurity is a significant issue for these people, they also seek companionship and friendship in the volunteers who serve them. As the volunteers are so busy serving soup, sandwiches, cordial and coffees, they are limited in the conversation they can engage with and thus we were able to provide that intentional time to engage and converse with the people we serve. 
 
We had the opportunity to make connections with people currently experiencing homelessness, met some colourful characters, handed out much appreciated items of need, including sleeping bags, swags, backpacks with daily essentials, toiletry items and knitted beanies.
 
The Soup Van visit provides a personal face-to-face experience of meeting with and engaging with the people we serve on the Soup Vans on the Fitzroy Soup Van Operation. The people we serve are diverse and are from a range of backgrounds, mostly experiencing homelessness or disadvantage, or are at risk of homelessness, and often find the evenings the most lonely and painful time for them
 
We spoke with the many volunteers behind the scenes, who prepare and pack the food, the crew that head out with the soup van on a regular basis who become a point of connection for many - a familiar and trustworthy face with no judgement. 
 
It takes 21 volunteers to run the 3 vans that do the Fitzroy run every night. We made 5 stops around the city before returning to the depot in North Melbourne.
 
The funds raised from the Gala have been allocated to a brand new soup van to replace the one that we are standing in front of in the photo, as that one often breaks down and has become too expensive to maintain. 
 
A great experience to be repeated next month!

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Share the Dignity is an Australian Charity bringing dignity to homeless, at-risk and those experiencing domestic violence through the distribution of sanitary items and funding of funerals. This year a number of office collected as new handbags and filled them with all the things you may need and some you may want to deliver as Christmas gifts to some of the most vulnerable and needy women in our community. Many staff collected, sorted and packed handbags for teens and adults. The recipients were overwhelmed by our generosity.

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Woodards Foundation annually support Kids Under Cover’s Cubby House Challenge. Luke Banisiotis, an award winning auctioneer from Woodards Blackburn, markets, promotes and auctions one of these architect designed and built cubbyhouses. They are exhibited as part of the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show at Carlton Gardens and funds are donated to house homeless and at risk teenagers.

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We have also had the opportunity to assist multiple families with donations of food vouchers, white goods and cash through our connection with Wingate Avenue Community Centre. Regularly 3-6 Volunteers assist to hand out fresh fruit, vegetables and other donated goods to those in need. Woodards Carlton, have built a partnership with The Wingate Avenue Community Food Welfare Program who work  in conjunction with Foodbank Victoria and Second Bite providing a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables to the students involved in Wingate’s education classes and public housing tenants. The team assist in unloading a van of donated delicacies from Foodbank Victoria and hand it out to those in need. We have also had the opportunity to assist multiple families with donations of food vouchers, white goods and cash through our connection with Wingate Avenue Community Centre. 

 

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The Woodards Charitable Foundation formed a partnership with McAuley Community Services for Women. This organisation has helped around 1,000 women and children to rebuild their lives. They recently completed Victoria’s first purpose built accommodation and hub for women who are homeless in Pickett Street, Footscray. In partnership with McAuley Woodards Safe Place was used as transitional housing for women and their families. Staff run monthly workshops at McAuley house to assist those in need of accommodation to obtain private housing. Offering support to women, who can afford private housing, but need assistance to fill in forms, source properties and understand their rights and responsibilities as tenants.

Woodards Carlton, constructed bikes as part of a collaborative team exercise, which were donated to families through MCSW. Multiple sheet sets and bedding were donated by Woodards Camberwell provided for families setting up home. White goods and furniture were sourced from Woodards Mt Waverley to set up a home for a family in Epping. Locksmiths, plumbers, electricians and a myriad of resources were called upon to realise our objectives.

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A wonderful array of toys by the Woodards Camberwell office were delivered to Caroline Chisholm Society to distribute to their clients.  ‘Çoats for Kids’, the purchase of multiple sets of linen to assist families when setting up house, purchasing and donating, car loads of nappies, food hampers and more, are part of how our offices network and respond to areas of need.