Staff volunteers to help

EAGER staff from Canterbury Bankstown Council will swap two of their working days with volunteering roles to help out at various community groups and not-for-profit organisations.

The council’s Corporate Volunteering Program will see them dedicate two days in the year to helping out at Bankstown City Aged Care, Humanity Matters, Riverwood Community Centre, Chester Hill Neighbourhood Centre and Greenacre Area Community Centre.
Last week a group of them were volunteering at Humanity Matters, helping them with their NAIDOC week celebration and the ‘CB City on a plate family feasting’ event.

Mayor Khal Asfour said local groups and not-for-profit organisations did incredible work in our community.
“We already assist them through our annual Community Grants program, where they apply for funding totalling around half a million dollars each year, but now the staff want to personally pitch in and make a difference,” he said.
“We anticipate this pilot program will be a great success. If that is the case, we intend to expand it so we can help even more groups.”
Humanity Matters offers a range of local services, including providing food to those who are struggling financially, and youth work.

“I think this initiative is absolutely phenomenal and I can’t wait to see the great things that council staff will be able to offer,” the organisation’s community connections officer, Sarkis Achmar, said.