The CommBank Foundation has gifted OC Connections one of 1,000 Centenary Grants valued at $10,000 in recognition of the centre’s work in the field of intellectual disability. A cheque was presented to Board Chair, Peter Willcocks, and volunteer, Alyson in early August.
The grant will contribute to OC Connection’s Achieve Fund to provide specialist training, equipment and supports for our participants to attain the skills they need to gain employment, access activities in the community and enjoy the variety of life experiences that most people take for granted.
This grant is a significant boost to our Achieve Fund, it will provide meaningful supports – that are currently unfunded – to help our participants reach their personal goals and aspirations.
Therese Desmond, CEO
In addition to the financial support, staff from CommBank’s Chadstone Branch will volunteer at OC Connections one day per week over six months to assist in supporting participants in our art studio and healthy cooking classes. OC Connections have already welcomed CommBank’s Chadstone Branch Manager, Anna Tschurtz, and Customer Service Specialist, Krystal Ricardo, to the art studio, where they have worked with participants to produce mosaic masterpieces.
We wanted to show our commitment to bettering the lives of the members of our community, and our appreciation for the amazing work that OC Connection does. This has been an amazing experience, in which we have met the most kind-hearted and giving individuals. Anna Tschurtz.
The CommBank volunteer program aims to assist charity, community groups and social enterprises achieve their goals. Such assistance is very welcome by OC Connections. Volunteers are an essential element to the OC Connections Community: working in our opportunity shop, assisting with our Christmas Tree drive and Golf Day, as well as supporting our clients in a range of activities and programs.
This financial and volunteer support from the Chadstone branch is greatly appreciated and strengthens the community bond between the two organisations.
Long-serving OC Connections volunteer, Mr David Hawkes, passed away on 29 October 2020. David played an important role in the success of OC Connections from when we were known as the Oakleigh Centre through to our current rebranding. David started volunteering at OC Connections (then the Oakleigh Centre) in September 1964, one week after arriving […]
An update on this year’s Christmas Tree fundraiser
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Staff from Insurance Australia Group (IAG) volunteered their time at OCC Enterprises (OCCE), the social enterprise and employment arm of OC Connections on Monday 5 October. Six staff from IAG’s Enterprise Program Management Office and the CFO Risk and Operations teams volunteered their time. OCC Enterprises is the Social Enterprise and Employment arm of OC […]