The Footmen Club is a business based service organisation. The Footmen Club has been an ongoing contributor to EV and previously provided assistance for the purchase of a vehicle.
2012 is underway with exciting changes at Eastern Volunteers. We will be relocating to our new premises from March, where we will be able to offer a fully accessible service with training and meeting rooms for community use.
We have now raised over $32,000 due to the generosity of the community and particularly our transport clients. We are still seeking assistance with fit-out and refurbishment costs, with all donations being tax deductible.
Our partnership with Swinburne University has led to the introduction of the Diploma of Management – Volunteer Management, a course specifically designed for Manager, Supervisors or Coordinators of Volunteers. The course will be commencing from the end of March and has been designed to recognise existing work experience and skills.
Our Annual Fun Run is returning for its 12th year and will be held on Sunday the 18th of March at Lillydale Lake. This year we have introduced a new team category, providing a perfect opportunity for businesses or community organisations to compete as a team. Participants will also be encouraged to raise funds as they take on Lillydale Lake in the 3.8km walk/run or 7.6km run.
We are also pleased to announce Simon McKeon, the former Australian of the Year as our Inaugural Patron. Simon spoke at our Business Booster Breakfast last year and has kindly accepted the role of patron to support our organisation.
This edition of Pitching In highlights welfare organisations within Maroondah. These agencies provide material aid and support services to some of our most vulnerable community members. Volunteering within these organisations is incredibly rewarding and enables you to make a difference to the lives of people in our community.
This year promises to provide exciting opportunities for Eastern Volunteers. We look forward to encouraging more volunteers and providing training programs to strengthen the community sector.
Welcome to the Winter Edition of E-Vol-ution, the quarterly newsletter from Eastern Volunteers. Highlights include:
Buy your piece of Eastern Volunteers
Maroondah Federation Estate, Ringwood Library, Miles Avenue, Warrandyte Road and Suda Avenue are just some of the previous locations of Eastern Volunteers. This transient history has made it difficult for us to establish a permanent home.
In 2006 we moved upstairs to 1a/36 New Street and established the goal of creating a permanent presence for our services. Almost five years later we have outgrown our current offices and have faced ongoing challenges due to the lack of accessibility in being located upstairs.
We have secured the purchase of 1/36 New Street and it is our aim to move downstairs so we can create an accessible and inclusive community facility.
We are seeking your support to make this vision a reality.
Your donation will secure the future of Eastern Volunteers and enable us to create an accessible and inclusive service to the community by relocating downstairs at 1/36 New Street in Ringwood.
While Eastern Volunteers has been able to purchase the building, we need your assistance to help with the costs of relocation and fitting out the ground floor. We are appealing for donations to make this vision a reality. All donations will be recognised on our website and donations above $500 will receive a jigsaw piece symbolising your commitment to a piece of our future. Donations of $500 and above will also be featured in our new foyer on a jigsaw puzzle of the building. We have set a fundraising target of $60,000 and we need your assistance so that we can create the next piece of Eastern Volunteers future.
Join us for the launch of our Building Fund Campaign and Special General Meeting at 10.30am on 21st July at our offices at 1a/36 New Street, Ringwood.
Donations can be made at www.easternvolunteers.org.au/buildingfund
EV Business Booster Breakfast
Eastern Volunteers holds regular business breakfasts with the aim of linking businesses with the community. Our May Business booster Breakfast featured Greg Fordham from Airbiz and was attended by approximately 50 guests.
The second breakfast will be held on the 10th of August with Brooke Miller as the guest speaker. Brooke is the General Manager of Elite Customer Solutions – the BP Business Service Centre, which provides services across finance, sales and marketing and logistics with a staff of approximately 400 employees. Elite has a very strong commitment to Diversity and Inclusion which is highlighted each year through a Community Week program. Brooke will be discussing the benefits of corporate volunteering and how it improves staff morale and business.
Hear Brooke Miller at the Karralyka Centre, Mines Road, Ringwood East on Wednesday 10th August from 7.30 am.
Register online at www.easternvolunteers.org.au/boosterbreakfast
Charity Golf Day
The Ringwood Golf Club has generously offered to raise funds for Eastern Volunteers through its Charity Golf Day. The Charity Golf Day will be held on 18th November at Ringwood Golf Course. A team of two can be registered for $250 and a team of four for $500.
If you’re a keen golf player, then please support the Ringwood Golf Club’s Charity Golf Day. Eastern Volunteers thanks the Ringwood Golf Club and the Charity Golf Day Committee for their generosity and community focus.
Please read our Winter Edition of the E-Vol-ution newsletter for further information:
- Eastern Volunteers Building Fund
- Special General Meeting
- Gift Wrapping
- Charity Golf Day
- Farewell to Manager, Business Development
- Volunteer Training and Vacancies
- The Stan Pump Outstanding Volunteer Achievement Award
- Business Booster Breakfasts
Welcome to the first edition of our newsletter for 2011. We look forward to another busy year at Eastern Volunteers. Some highlights in our newsletter include:
- Business Booster Breakfast
After a resoundingly successful launch last year, EVs Business Booster Breakfasts are back!
This first Breakfast of the year is on Wednesday 18th May (7.30-8.45am). It will offer the chance to:
- Hear Greg Fordham (Airbiz) talk about the ways that he uses community involvement to both build up his business and serve the community;
- Network with other like-minded local business-people; and
- Meet Terry Macdonald, Chair of EVs Board and other key EV staff while enjoying a cooked breakfast at Club Kilsyth!
Register online at www.easternvolunteers.org.au/boosterbreakfast
- Pitching In – Partnering with the Maroondah Leader
Eastern Volunteers has recently formed a partnership with the Maroondah Leader to feature a half page monthly article on volunteering. The feature, entitled ”Pitching In – Volunteering makes a Difference” which commenced in March, will be included on page 11 on the third Tuesday of each month.Each month “Pitching In – Volunteering makes a Difference” will feature three sections, including a brief description of volunteer vacancies, a profile on a community organisation and its volunteers and commentary on activites relevant to volunteers and the community.We congratulate the Maroondah Leader in recognising the strength of volunteering and for partnering with Eastern Volunteers.
- Changes to EV Membership ProvisionsAs Eastern Volunteers grows, it is becoming increasingly important for us to determine accurate membership numbers and details.In response to this, the Eastern Volunteers Board of Management recently resolved to change EV’s Membership provisions. The resolution will involve changes to EV’s Constitutional Rules which will need to be ratified at the next AGM or an earlier Special General Meeting. In addition, the resolution also includes the introduction of annual membership fees for the first time for both individual and organisation members.This change will allow us to establish an accurate and up -to-date membership system, rather than continuing with a roll over approach that was unwieldy and difficult to maintain in a reliable format.
It is proposed that the new arrangements will come into effect on 1st November 2011. The annual fee for an individual member will be $5 (or $20 for five years paid in advance) and $10 for an Organisation member (or $40 for five years paid in advance).
Each membership category will be entitled to one vote and enjoy a range of benefits that will be announced in the coming months.
- Multicultural Spring Festival
After attracting more than 5,000 people to last year’s Multicultural Festival, we are eager to begin planning for the 2011 Multicultural Festival. We are in discussions with prospective sponsors and will be seeking the involvement of community organisations to be present throughout the day.This year’s festival will continue to feature multicultural entertainment, as well as community organisations, and activities and fun for families and people across Melbourne’s outer east. The 2011 Multicultural Festival will be held on Sunday 9th October at Ringwood Lake.Now is the time to get involved to ensure the success of the 2011 Eastern Volunteers Multicultural Festival!