Eastern Volunteers was established in 1976 and provides community assisted transport and volunteer recruitment across the Cities of Maroondah, Whitehorse and the Shire of Yarra Ranges.
Throughout its 35 years of existence, Eastern Volunteers has had a transient history with Maroondah Federation Estate, Ringwood Library, Miles Avenue, Warrandyte Road and Suda Avenue being just some of the previous locations of the organisation.
This transient history has made it difficult for Eastern Volunteers to establish a permanent home.
In 2006 the organisation moved upstairs to 1a/36 New Street in Ringwood and established the goal of creating a permanent presence for our services. Five years later Eastern Volunteers has outgrown its current offices and faces ongoing challenges due to the lack of accessibility in being located upstairs.
Eastern Volunteers recently secured the purchase of the property at 1/36 New Street in Ringwood and aims to relocate downstairs to create an accessible and inclusive community facility.
This morning Eastern Volunteers launched its Building Fund Campaign, a public support campaign that aims to raise $60,000 to assist in meeting the costs associated with relocating on the ground floor.
The launch was extremely well attended and provided an opportunity to discuss the future of Eastern Volunteers.
Eastern Volunteers interviews over 800 prospective volunteers on an annual basis, with over 350 community organisations utilising the volunteer recruitment service. Drivers through the community assisted transport service travelled 279,419 kilometres involving 17,064 volunteer hours.
In addition Eastern Volunteers coordinates the Eastern Transport Register, an online vehicle booking system that registers and coordinates a number of vehicles belonging to different agencies across the Eastern Metropolitan Region. This service provides almost 800 vehicle loans per annum with over 5500 passengers transported to their destinations.
A permanent and secure location will ensure that Eastern Volunteers is able to continue these services into the future.
Over $5000 had been raised by the time of the launch, the majority being from clients who have clearly expressed their appreciation of the services provided by Eastern Volunteers. The launch provided an opportunity to highlight the building fund to the wider community to encourage further donations to achieve the $60,000 target.
While all donations are welcome, Eastern Volunteers will provide further recognition for amounts of $500 and above. People or businesses that donate $500 or above will be provided a jigsaw piece of the building and will be featured in the new foyer on a 1.18m x 0.84m photograph of the building.
This campaign enables you to buy a piece of Eastern Volunteers’ future and ensure an accessible service to the community.
Donations are tax deductible and can be made at www.easternvolunteers.org.au/buildingfund.