This week, we celebrated our goal of achieving 600 Jobs for Christmas with donations to exceptional charities in Melbourne and Cairns. Our pledge at the beginning of November was to support 600 of our job seekers to start new jobs by Christmas. To further fuel our mission, our Workforce Australia and Transition to Work teams determined to donate to two local non-for-profits if we successfully met our goal.
We are proud to report that we surpassed our 600 jobs for Christmas goal!
Now, 652 individuals have job security at Christmas and can ring in the New Year with the hope and optimism that a new job brings. We can’t think of a greater gift this Christmas!
Jobfind services some of Australia’s most vulnerable individuals, providing them with personalised support to gain skills and employment. But we don’t do it alone. Our participants benefit from our robust community connections with other service providers who can provide extra wraparound support to those who need it most.
The Jobfind team have received great feedback from the individuals who secured jobs in the lead up to Christmas. It is rewarding to see how our work helps these individuals everyday.
DB – Thanks for changing my life, from unemployed and freezing cold to fulltime work and accommodation. Not only did I get a job, I got a work family too.
PL – Thank you again sooooo much!!! I’m enjoying everything so much. I am grateful for this opportunity and being able to pick up some hours. Thanks again.
MC – I love working. Getting up and having a purpose has really helped me, especially leading into Christmas.
That’s why we wanted to to express our appreciation by giving back to local allies during this special season.
We were thrilled to donate to Foodbank in Melbourne, where our Workforce Australia Regional Managers, Julia Bassani and Joe Abdo, had the opportunity to present a $2,000 cheque to Matt Tilley, Foodbank’s Chief Communications Officer. As Australia’s largest food relief organisation, Foodbank plays a pivotal role in supporting front–line charities that cater to vulnerable Australians.
Nation–wide, Foodbank contributes more than 70% of the rescued food that food relief organisations rely on. For every $1 donated, two meals are created.
We were also delighted to donate to Better Together in Atherton, near Cairns, where Wendy Sike, our Transition to Work Business Manager, and Makayla Bell, Team Leader, will be presenting $2,000 to the Better Together team in early January. Better Together Community Support enriches and strengthens the mental and emotional wellbeing of the people of the Atherton Tablelands. Their mission is to provide a variety of services to the people of the greater Tablelands region to help them improve their emotional, and physical well-being so they can contribute and participate in a strong and cohesive community.
We thank our Workforce Australia and Transition to Work teams, along with our community allies and partners for their hard work and dedication in making a difference in the lives of Australians, one job at a time.