Getting ready for the new school year

Over two massive days in November, 80 corporate volunteers from six organisations joined the Brotherhood of St Laurence to prepare 2,700 education packs for school children experiencing disadvantage.

Getting ready for the new school year
Corporate volunteers giving their time to prepare education packs.

Funded by the Ross Trust, the packs include pencils, a document wallet, scrapbook, exercise book, glue stick, ruler and markers to ensure every young child is ready for the 2020 school year. Once the hard work is done by our wonderful volunteers, the education packs are distributed to 27 community organisations in Victoria, as well as young people participating in the Brotherhood’s community programs.

Over the past three years, 9,100 young people have benefited from the Brotherhood’s education pack program, helping children to go to school ready to learn.

Corporate volunteering is a great way for organisations to give back to the community. In 2019, the Brotherhood has welcomed 190 volunteers from eight organisations at our social enterprise sorting facility, contributing 1520 hours of assistance. Corporate volunteers also play a big part in the delivery of the Brotherhood’s programs and services through various roles, including mentoring, cooking breakfasts for children at Breakfast Club and running leadership development workshops.

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to the Ross Trust for funding the program and to the wonderful corporate volunteers who prepare the packs each year.

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