Geelong Mums on Track!
Geelong Mums will be able to continue their work following an urgent grant of $40,000 made by the Geelong Community Foundation. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the local charity that supports families in need, had experienced two of their busiest months ever, without their volunteers and their usual supply of donated goods from the community.
Social isolation has made things even harder for disadvantaged families – urgent needs for cots, prams, children’s car seats, clothing and bed linen became critical. There was also a rise in the number of refugee families needing support because of ineligibility for any of the Government COVID-19 support.
Gail Rodgers, the Geelong Community Foundation’s CEO said today “It was clear from our contact with Geelong Mums that their situation was at crisis point. Their normally well stocked warehouse, where workers from local agencies access supplies, was running on empty.”
“We decided to fast track funds to restock shelves. Our grant will ensure supply, until the organisation can revert to accepting donated goods again, when COVOD-19 restrictions are lifted.”
The Geelong Mums General Manager Julia Roache said “This grant has been a lifesaver! We have been closed for material aid donations from the community and for volunteering for nearly 6 weeks and this has taken a massive toll on the stock we have left to rehome.”
“March and April were the busiest months in our history. We supported over 1,000 babies and children, and our stocks are running out fast. This grant means so much to us and helps us to keep supporting families in Geelong.”
Gail Rodgers added “Our grant-making focus has shifted to emergency mode to ensure funding is directed to areas most impacted by COVID19, including food security, mental health and isolation.”
The Geelong Community Foundation has a corpus of over $25 million. Income derived from this has funded over $8.7 million in community grants since 2001.