Published On 27 November 2020 at 09:00 AM
Sutherland Shire Council has launched a new philanthropic initiative aimed at drawing on the Sutherland Shire’s incredible reputation for generosity by providing the tools necessary to help local businesses and residents to support those in need in the not-for-profit sector.
The “#ShireGives” initiative will provide a platform through which local businesses and residents can offer assistance to local service organisations and members of the community in need by providing sponsorship, volunteering or mentoring programs.
Sutherland Shire Mayor, Councillor Steve Simpson said with the strong example set by local residents in helping those doing it tough through drought, catastrophic bushfires and now the COVID-19 pandemic, he hoped that the #ShireGives initiative would help provide an avenue for those looking to give back to their community.
“There is no doubt about the fact that the Sutherland Shire has an unrivalled reputation when it comes to lending a hand to those in need,” Mayor Simpson said.
“The latest figures indicate almost 34 thousand residents across the Sutherland Shire – almost 20 per cent of all those who live here – give of their time and skill in some form of volunteer work, and that is a figure that has grown year upon year.
“There is an incredible amount of goodwill out there among our community, and a real preparedness to lend a hand when times are tough, so this initiative is aimed at harnessing that goodwill and providing strong linkages between those that can help with those that need their assistance.
“This platform will help to link local businesses with a local not-for-profit organisation or community group to help build on the amazing resilience we see in our community.”
The platform is designed to connect businesses and individuals looking to lend a hand to those in need by helping them find ways to contribute to the long-term wellbeing of the community.
Through #ShireGives Council will facilitate support for local not-for-profit organisations and community groups who provide services to vulnerable or disadvantaged individuals across the Sutherland Shire.
These organisations can register for donations that support any part of their operations and services. This includes financial donations, sponsorship, goods and services, volunteers, expert advice, tax support, in-kind services and more.
“There’s no doubt 2020 has been an extremely challenging year, but it’s one that has once again brought out the very best in our community,” Mayor Simpson said.
“Council is committed to harnessing the amazing generosity in our community to ensure there is always help on offer for those who are most in need.”
Local businesses and residents are encouraged to jump online and learn more about the #ShireGives initiative via www.sutherlandshire.nsw.gov.au/Community/Community-Support-Services/ShireGives