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Eat Up Australia – Volunteering

Every day, 1 in 8 children in Australia go to school hungry. Hunger greatly impacts a child’s academic performance and behaviour in school. Students struggle to concentrate, and feel tired or lethargic which compromises their learning.

The not-for-profit Eat Up Australia makes and delivers thousands of lunches a month to schools around Australia to support less privileged school children. The initiative started at Shepparton primary school and has expanded to other cities in Victoria. Since 2013, they have supplied schools with 750.000 lunches. In July this year, Point Advisory staff, alongside the VideoMyJob and Forefront Analytics teams from the Cluster, were involved in making around 1,150 sandwiches that were distributed to schools in Melbourne’s outer north.

For more information on this initiative, visit www.eatup.org.au, or email eatup@eatup.org.au to enquire about a volunteer sandwich making event at your workplace.

Since 2016, Point Advisory has proudly been a BCorp organisation. We are committed to going beyond ‘business as usual’ practice in social and environmental performance, and strive to use our work as a force for good. Regular volunteering with organisations that share our values and objectives is a key part of our BCorp commitments.

Point Advisory recognised as ‘Best For The World 2019 (Community)’

Point Advisory has been recognised by BCorp as being a 2019 Best For The World Honoree in Community!

This means that we have a verified B Impact Assessment score in the top 10% of all B Corps, globally.

Point Advisory’s mission is to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable future for people and the planet. We develop innovative, elegant and effective solutions that help embed sustainability principles into our clients’ strategic planning and operations.

To help us achieve a measurable positive difference, not just for our clients, but for society as a whole, we have developed a social impact program. As part of this program we undertake a number of activities each year, and aim to achieve a volunteer target rate of at least 1% of total staff time. Over the past 18 months we have volunteered with some fantastic organisations such as Beach Patrol, OzHarvest, FareShare, the Red Cross, PolishedMan and EatUp.

Further information on BCorp and ‘Best For The World’

 

 

Australian Red Cross – Volunteering

In May this year, Point Advisory team members had the pleasure of volunteering with the Australian Red Cross. Under the instructions of Red Cross staff, we spent several hours knitting Trauma Teddies.

Sensory toys, in our case Teddies, can be helpful to provide comfort to children under emotional stress or pain. The Trauma Teddy story started in 1990 and since then, Australian Red Cross has been distributing 1 million Trauma Teddies to children that have or are currently experiencing traumas or illness. Teddies are given out to people that are for instance affected by fire, floods and other disasters. All teddies are knitted by volunteers.

The Teddy will be hugged, squeezed and chewed by a child that is distressed or in pain, therefore only a safe and strong Teddy can become an official Red Cross Trauma Teddy. Every knitted Trauma Teddy has to follow the Red Cross standards and pass a quality control by a local Red Cross coordinator. You can see the result of our hard work below.

For more information on how to join the Trauma Teddy knitters community click here.

Since 2016, Point Advisory has proudly been a BCorp organisation. We are committed to going beyond ‘business as usual’ practice in social and environmental performance, and strive to use our work as a force for good. Regular volunteering with organisations that share our values and objectives is a key part of our BCorp commitments.

FareShare Kitchen #2 – Volunteering

Earlier this year, the Point Advisory team spent an afternoon volunteering at the FareShare kitchen in Melbourne. The team assisted with the preparation of nearly 4,000 meals, including vegetarian sausage rolls and quiches, and had a fantastic time along the way. These meals were dispatched to a number of local charities around Melbourne servicing members of the community experiencing food poverty.

FareShare rescues food that would otherwise go to waste and prepares free nutritious meals for people in need. Around four million Australians experience food insecurity each year while as much as $20 billion worth of food is wasted. FareShare tackles the tragedy head on by rescuing surplus, quality food from supermarkets, wholesalers, farmers and other businesses. Since starting in 2000 FareShare has grown significantly and provides over 1 million meals per year thanks to the efforts of over 900 active volunteers and numerous organisations donating their time.

Point Advisory greatly appreciated the opportunity to learn about and contribute to the amazing work done by FareShare on a daily basis, tackling food waste, community health and poverty simultaneously. The team at FareShare are very welcoming and facilitate an excellent team-bonding experience too. You can find out more about FareShare and their corporate volunteering opportunities here.

Since 2016, Point Advisory has proudly been a BCorp organisation. We are committed to going beyond ‘business as usual’ practice in social and environmental performance, and strive to use our work as a force for good. Regular volunteering with organisations that share our values and objectives, such as FareShare is a key part of our BCorp commitments. To find out more about BCorp, visit https://bcorporation.com.au/.