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What is Workplace Giving?

posted by United Way Ballarat, 02 Nov 2017

Workplace giving is an option for employees in participating organisation to nominate a certain amount of their pay before tax to be donated to United Way Ballarat so it can be disbursed in the community with other donated funds. To participated as an employee or employer, please call 5331 5555  or email info@unitedwayballarat.org.au To Donate …read more


What is the Ballarat Imagination Library?

posted by United Way Ballarat, 02 Nov 2017

United Way Ballarat is partners with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to provide children in Ballarat an age appropriate book, each month, for the first five years of their life? The Dolly Parton Imagination Library delivers over 1 million books each month to young readers around the world, with the aim to engage young children …read more


Community Access at UnitingCare Ballarat

posted by pmckee, 13 Jun 2017

The Festival of Volunteering was UnitingCare Ballarat’s most successful volunteer promotional event to date. Volunteer coordinators Kerry (Do Care), Val (RSVP) and Dawn (CVS) were present on the day. The staff from Community Access at UnitingCare Ballarat were delighted to have the opportunity to chat with nearly 100 individuals during the day who showed an …read more


Director in the spotlight as Volunteer

posted by pmckee, 30 May 2017

United Way Ballarat’s Board of Directors is made up entirely of volunteers.  These amazing people each bring a skill set and knowledge base that together provide powerful leadership to the organisation. Mandy Macdonald, Co-Deputy Chair, was recently highlighted in the Australian Unity Members Magazine Flourish in a story about the benefits of volunteering. See the story here


2017 Administrative Professionals Breakfast – a morning of entertainment and appreciation

posted by pmckee, 18 May 2017

The 2017 Administrative Professionals Breakfast was another morning of entertainment and appreciation aimed at the people who keep the wheels of businesses across our region turning.  The event is United Way Ballarat’s largest fundraiser on the calendar and this year around  $12,000 was raised to further our work in the Ballarat community. Nearly 300 people …read more



posted by pmckee, 08 May 2017

The Ballarat Foundation and United Way Ballarat is one of Australia’s leading rural community philanthropic organisations. Based on the community foundation philanthropic model and the United Way philosophy of charitable activity, The Ballarat Foundation and United Way Ballarat works to strengthen Ballarat and the surrounding regional community through community partnerships and volunteering activity. Following the …read more


End of an era

posted by pmckee, 13 Apr 2017

Late afternoon on a Tuesday is usually quiet at Ballarat Community Health in Lucas, with the last few clients leaving and possibly a yoga class in session.  This particular Tuesday, however, was a little more festive.  Possibly one of the largest Annual General Meetings in United Way Ballarat and The Ballarat Foundation’s histories saw around 60 …read more


The stories behind the programs we fund

posted by pmckee, 13 Apr 2017

Each of the projects funded through United Way Ballarat provides us with a report twice a year.  Here are some of the stories we recently received. LARF John* is a mentee in our LARF primary group.  His initial involvement in the program, while generally positive, was fairly reserved and included some gaps in attendance.  When …read more


Local business employees give generously at Christmas

posted by pmckee, 16 Feb 2017

Each year we at United Way Ballarat and The Ballarat Foundation approach the agencies we support and ask what they would like to be able to give to the people they work with at Christmas if they could. Armed with this information, we then contact the people and businesses who support us and ask them to …read more


An ode to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Ballarat

posted by pmckee, 19 Dec 2016

In 2016, Big Brothers Big Sisters’ volunteer mentors selflessly: Blitzed the art of Bath Bomb making Wove head-pieces made of flowers Lazed around on picnics Cooled down by swimming Tucked into fish and chips Zoomed around the lake on bikes Slurped through Slushies Proudly attended school performances Sung without realising it Cooked pizzas, cupcakes, sausage …read more


Spirit of Ballarat Christmas Party and Funding Announcement

posted by pmckee, 19 Dec 2016

What better way to celebrate a fantastic year of working to make a difference in our community? Thursday 8th December, we held our Spirit of Ballarat Christmas Party at the beautifully restored Mechanics Institute’s Humffray Room. To say thank you, to the people and businesses who support the work of United Way Ballarat, Geoff Sharp, CEO …read more


Biznet breakfast auction supports the community

posted by pmckee, 13 Dec 2016

At the October BisNet Breakfast, an auction was held for the use of a marquee at the Ballarat Cup, kindly donated by the Ballarat Turf Club. Commerce Ballarat chose United Way Ballarat as the recipient of the $500 proceeds.  The proceeds will support the on-going work of United Way Ballarat and the organisations it in-turn …read more


Front Page News!! 100,000th Imagination Library book delivered

posted by pmckee, 25 Nov 2016

When Rieley Glasson was just a tiny baby, the Ballarat Imagination Library was introduced.  The program, administered by United Way Ballarat, delivers free, brand-new, age-appropriate books to children in the Ballarat area to develop a love of reading and improve school readiness.  Through the generosity of local people who sponsor the program, Rieley was one …read more


Your donations at work in your community

posted by pmckee, 25 Oct 2016

Click on the image to read the stories behind the programs supported by United Way Ballarat and The Ballarat Foundation in 2016.   click here to download a copy


North Ballarat Sports Club Patrons Give Back to Community

posted by pmckee, 06 Sep 2016

North Ballarat Sports Club Venue Manager, Cameron Vallance, presents United Way Ballarat CEO, Geoff Sharp, with a cheque for $695. United Way Ballarat were the grateful recipients of a $695 donation from North Ballarat Sports Club (NBSC) this week. Over the last few months, NBSC patrons have dug deep and deposited their spare change or …read more




United Way Ballarat is working to advance the common good of our community by focusing on Education, Income and Health.  These are the building blocks for a good life—a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health.  United Way Ballarat asks all the citizens of Ballarat and surrounding areas to do three things: GIVE – money and goods; ADVOCATE – on behalf of those who cannot; and VOLUNTEER – to invest time in our community More about United Way Ballarat


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