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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



posted by pmckee, 06 Mar 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


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


Volunteering an integral part of KIDS Foundation

posted by pmckee, 18 Jul 2016

Recent news provided by The KIDS Foundation… The KIDS Foundation is a small but effective, injury prevention and recovery charity that has been operating for 22 years, directly reaching more than 30,000 children each year. Our mission is to keep children safe and create a better life for those living with serious injury and burns. …read more


Do you have any old gumboots lying around?

posted by pmckee, 23 May 2016

If you attended the recent Administrative Professionals Breakfast you would have seen our fantastic centrepieces.  Are you able to help these creative people continue to make more? McCallum Art Room has some very talented artists and they are looking for old gumboots to create some masterpieces. Once completed these boots are for use in the garden; …read more


National Volunteer Week – Ballarat

posted by pmckee, 17 May 2016

Where would we be without volunteers? National Volunteer Week allowed Volunteering Ballarat and the agencies it works with the opportunity to recognise and thank the thousands of volunteers across our region without whom our community would not be the culturally-rich and caring community it is.  The theme adopted locally this year was ‘not all superheroes wear …read more


An AGM with a purpose

posted by pmckee, 05 Apr 2016

Held at the Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative’s offices, this year’s combined AGM for United Way Ballarat and The Ballarat Foundation had a bit of a different feel compared to your average AGM.  There was a buzz in the room with several new and eager faces in attendance, there was also the opportunity to see …read more


Become a United Way Ballarat and Ballarat Foundation Board Member

posted by pmckee, 27 Jan 2016

United Way Ballarat and The Ballarat Foundation have always been good at asking you, the community for your time and money.  Now we are asking for your brain power; your knowledge, skills and contacts.   We are seeking passionate community members who have the knowledge and skills to become part of the Board of United Way …read more


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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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