Members get behind the causes that matter most to Australians: addressing domestic violence, homelessness and cost of living

24 06 10 Argyle Lodge Bowls Day

Over the past year, more people have relied on charities than ever before. Almost all of us will either directly experience, or know someone who is grappling with domestic and family violence, homelessness, or the soaring cost of living.

It is not surprising many local community organisations are stretched thin, with some charities being forced to turn people away.

We know Governments alone can’t solve these issues, so our Members are responding in different ways to:

– lend a hand to those most in need through their local community organisations and

– support charities that are working to educate and prevent these social issues from worsening in our communities.

In Ipswich, Orange Sky Laundry and Rosies Street Outreach each received $1,500 from United Service Lodge thanks to double matching from Hand Heart Pocket

In FNQ, Better Together Community Support Inc received $3,000 from Barrine Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket for their community outreach program.

Earlier in May, as part of Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month, Argyle Lodge of Forest Hill hosted a community bowls day at Laidley for the Allison Baden-Clay Foundation raising $5,250 with matching from Hand Heart Pocket.

The funds will go towards community programs and the prevention of coercive control, which was recently criminalised in Queensland.

Hand Heart Pocket is proud to back Members’ efforts in supporting their communities. Matched Giving allows Members and Lodges to amplify the impact of their volunteering, fundraising and donations, for the causes that matter most to them.

Lodge activities are eligible for up to $5,000 in matching from Hand Heart Pocket each year, with $500 in matching available each year for individual Members. There’s never been a more important time to support your community, so get your applications in today!

Give, fundraise or volunteer for community organisations providing:

– Community welfare and homelessness support

– Domestic and family violence support

– Child, youth and family services

– Health services

– Mental health services

– Aged and palliative care

– Disability support

– Education for disadvantaged children

– Volunteer rescue

– Disaster response and preparedness

– Medical research

Then apply to HHP and get your efforts matched with a donation.

Photo: Chair of the Allison Baden-Clay Foundation, Vanessa Fowler OAM, addressing participants of Argyle Lodge’s community bowls day, earlier this month.

Photo courtesy: The Lockyer and Somerset Independent newspaper

Find out more about our Matched Giving program


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