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Helping those who help others in Victoria

Local community organisations in Victoria are among 4,800 across Australia to benefit from the Gillard Government’s $16 million Volunteer Grants 2012 initiative.

 Across Victoria, 1,415 organisations will share in $4.64 million to support the work of their volunteers.

 Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation said the 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,” Mr Shorten said.

 “The Volunteer Grants will support a range of local groups such as Country Fire Authority, Men’s Sheds, St Vincent de Paul, Country Women’s Association, St John Ambulance, SES, Lions Clubs and Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia.

 “Organisations will receive a grant of between $1,000 and $5,000 to contribute to their volunteers’ fuel costs and purchase much-needed equipment such as $3,000 for Bundoora Senior Citizens Club for fuel cost reimbursement and $5,000 for C Care Incorporated for kitchen utensils and equipment and trolley.

 “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 Gillard 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.”

 “I’d congratulate SecondBite on their Volunteer Grant and thank them warmly for hosting me to see firsthand the great work they do for our community.  It’s organisations like SecondBite that help make Melbourne great.”

 To find out more about successful recipients of Volunteer Grants 2012 visit www.fahcsia.gov.au.