Boost for volunteers in Cunningham

Across Cunningham, 37 organisations will share in $136,887.69 from the Volunteer Grants program to support the work of their volunteers. Ms Bird said the Gillard Government’s investment was delivering much-needed support to local volunteers. “We know that volunteers give their time, energy and expertise to support our community,” Ms Bird said.

The Volunteer Grants will support a range of local groups such as:

• Heathcote Headquarters Rural Fire Brigade

• Bundeena Community Centre

• Bulli High School  P&C Association

• Project Contemporary Artspace Incorporated

• The Older Women’s Network NSW

• West Illawarra Hockey Club

Organisations will receive a grant of between $1000 and $5000 to contribute to items such as their volunteers’ fuel costs, much-needed equipment such as automatic hose equipment, computers and software and storage units 

Grants will also help with the transport costs of volunteers with disability who are unable to drive and need to use public transport or taxis as part of their volunteering role.

Volunteers continue to make a significant social and economic contribution to Australian society, contributing approximately $14.6 billion to the not-for-profit sector each year.

Across the country, more than 166,000 volunteers will benefit from the Volunteer Grants.

The Government is committed to supporting our army of volunteers and this year’s volunteer grants will help them to undertake their selfless work in supporting local communities.

To find out more about Volunteer Grants 2012 visit www.fahcsia.gov.au or call 1800 183 374.