Focus on Workplace Giving
We recently visited North Ballarat Sports Club (NBSC) and spoke with some of the employees who contribute to United Way Ballarat through Workplace Giving (WPG). Of the 50 employees at NBSC, over one-third of them give regularly to United Way Ballarat.
Kris is a kitchen hand and has been involved in WPG for 13 years. Kris gives because he wants to help others and is in a position to be able to give. He cares about helping people in Ballarat and giving hope to others.
Brian is a chef and has been giving through WPG for about two years. He says that growing up as one of ten siblings, he didn’t have a lot, but now that he is in a position to be able to help he wants to give back to the community and help someone else. He says that giving through the program is easy, he doesn’t miss the small regular deductions from his pay- for the price of a cup of coffee he can make a difference to someone else. Brian encourages others to join the program.
Debbie is the Reception/Admin Supervisor at NBSC and shares the role of Workplace Giving Representative with her colleague Helen. Debbie describes her involvement with the WPG program as really rewarding and enjoys giving back to the community. She says that the program is easy to run and the staff is really open to learning about opportunities to make a difference. She says that many young staff members are keen participants in the program, with some donating since commencing employment in their teens. Debbie and Helen run regular recruitment drives for the WPG program and give new members of staff the opportunity to join the program as part of the induction process. She says that management is really supportive of the program and also encourages staff to get involved.
Every contribution made through Workplace Giving goes towards supporting the Ballarat community through the funding of projects aimed at Education, Income, and Health. The employees at NBSC have helped United Way Ballarat to support 19 different projects this year and to them, we say a big thank you on behalf of the community.