Central Victorian Volunteer Groups to benefit from Federal Government Grants

The Veterans Motorcycle Club, Bendigo Family and Financial Services and Eaglehawk Community House are just some of the Central Victorian organisations that will benefit from the most recent round of the Federal Government’s Volunteer Grants.

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters has thanked groups who have done vital work over the past 18 months in the Bendigo community.

“Our volunteers and their organisations do a great job in creating a sense of belonging and social inclusion, and building stronger local communities,” she said.

“Over the past 18 months, they have made sure that vulnerable members of the community are cared for.”

“They show incredible commitment towards their organisations and take pride in their work,” Ms Chesters said.

The Veterans Motorcycle Club, Bendigo Family and Financial Services and Eaglehawk Community House are just three of the 36 Central Victorian organisations who have received a share of $137,541 through the Federal Government’s Volunteer Grant program, which provides grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 to help community organisations to support the efforts of Australia’s volunteers.

Jay Lindley from the Veterans Motorcycle Club said the funds will go towards the Coalition Veterans Country Retreat, called ‘Central Station’.

“With the increasing need for to returned service personnel and their families, providing a place that is welcoming and comfortable is of the highest importance,” Mr Lindley said.

Tracey Moss from the Eaglehawk Community House said that volunteers had been instrumental in the House’s ability to assist vulnerable community members over the course of the pandemic.

“These funds will allow us to deliver more training to our volunteers and will support them in continuing our food relief program,” Ms Clarke said.

Bendigo Family and Financial Services (BFFS) provide emergency relief and financial counselling, for those most at risk of financial exclusion and disadvantage.

CEO, Jenny Elvey said that the grant will ensure that BFFS volunteers can continue to distribute food and care packages to vulnerable clients.