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$6,600 for people and planet: a holistic approach to social impact

By Homelessness in the news, News, Projects StreetSmart, StreetSmart News, StreetSmart Projects

Our team are strong advocates for localised, meaningful, and collaborative impact for people at risk of or experiencing homelessness. We believe that solving homelessness is possible through a whole of community approach…and we don’t think it needs to cost our planet. That’s why fundraising throughout October has supported  3 local organisations that are meeting several United Nations Sustainable Development Goals while fighting food poverty and material waste. A total of $6,600 has been distributed to support their work.

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10,500 Sleep Kits support flooded regions and families doing it tough

By Community Grants, Grant Impact, Homelessness in the news, SleepSafe, StreetSmart News

As the year draws to a close, it’s been a challenging time for low-income families feeling the pinch as well as those displaced by flooding in VIC and NSW. Local Sheridan stores have been raising awareness and funds so that over 10,500 sleep kits can be distributed to those most vulnerable in their communities. This means SleepSafe is on track to deliver over 40,000 high quality linen and towel Sleep Kits in 2022, bringing comfort, dignity, and support to vulnerable people in crisis.

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Filling funding gaps to boost youth support services

By Community Grants, Grant Impact, News, StreetSmart News

Bendigo foodshare - EOFY22

Young people make up just 14% of the workforce but bore 55% of the job losses during the 2021 lockdowns. The pandemic has compounded the problems of decades of high youth unemployment and underemployment, and the transition between education and employment, especially for those without a safe and secure place to call home. With the help of a generous philanthropic donor, we have been able to distribute $80,000 to 10 organisations responding to the needs of young people.

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Celebrating 20 years of Community Impact with the Hospitality Industry

By DineSmart, News, StreetSmart News

StreetSmart’s first ever campaign, DineSmart, celebrates its 20th year this December. The hospitality industry led campaign has brought together hundreds of restaurants and their diners, helping StreetSmart raise over $10 million for their local homeless charities. As we encourage restaurants to sign up to DineSmart 2022 now, we take a moment to reflect back on how everything started back in 2003

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$80,000 for Food Relief as hunger grows amongst vulnerable Australians

By Community Grants, EOY 2022, Grant Impact, Homelessness in the news, StreetSmart News

Australians are turning to charity, often for the first time in their lives, as they try to make ends meet and put food on the table. Over one million people every month are relying on Foodbank to help feed themselves and their families. As they struggle to pay rent and bills, purchasing food slips down the priority list, often resulting in going without. With the help of a philanthropic partner, we have been able to distribute $80,000 in grants to 16 community organisations to make more food  available for those struggling. 

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$11,700 in SmartCare grants give vital support to frontline staff

By Homelessness in the news, SmartCare, StreetSmart News

Like so many in the not-for-profit sector the small team at StreetSmart have been working hard over the past 26 months to do what we can to support vulnerable people through the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic aftershocks. We have been working closely with hundreds of small grassroots services who are on the frontline delivering client facing services. 9 recent grants of $11,700 have been distributed to provide recognition, support, and capacity building for frontline staff.

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3 Years of SleepSafe: the gift of dignity and comfort for 64,400 people

By EOY 2022, SleepSafe, StreetSmart News

We are celebrating 3 years of SleepSafe, our material aid program that funds and distributes high quality sheets and towels to frontline organisations and the vulnerable communities they support. Sustained by the efforts of Sheridan staff and the donations of their customers, our SleepSafe initiative has provided dignity and comfort to more than 64,400 vulnerable Australians and invaluable support to the 540 community organisations that assist them.

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$320,000 Distributed to Support 59 Vital Community Services

By Community Grants, EOY 2022, Grant Impact, News, StreetSmart News

Bendigo foodshare - EOFY22

We are in the midst of a cost-of-living and housing crisis. To respond, StreetSmart donors and supporters raised funds through May, June and July (including our EOFY Winter Appeal), enabling us to make 59 community grants providing $320,000 for Emergency Relief and Food Relief programs, along with Flood Relief grants and our SmartMeals and Making-a-Home programs. Read more…

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CafeSmart – It’s All About Your Local Community

By CafeSmart, Community Grants, Grant Impact

Community Care Volunteers

Our CafeSmart event takes place during Homelessness Week (1st -7th August), and it’s more important than ever this year as the cost-of-living surges, and local homelessness services are swamped by people seeking help. This is why our small community grants are vital for funding Emergency Relief, Food Relief, and Material Aid Programs, to offer immediate financial support to those in crisis.
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SmartCare – Supporting Frontline Workers to Deliver Crisis Care

By Community Grants, Grant Impact, News, StreetSmart News

For over two years the community sector has been on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic and has been caring for our community’s most vulnerable. We have seen them step up, protect lives and help people through the most difficult circumstances. To recognise frontline workers and the personal toll this work has on their health and wellbeing, in 2020 we set up our SmartCare initiative. To date we have made $67,000 of grants to 26 organisations, and we need your support to do more in 2022.

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