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FEDERAL FUNDING BOOSTS OUTREACH BY ST PAUL’S ANGLICAN CHURCH BURWOOD

Wednesday, 27 May 2020
St Paul’s Anglican Church Burwood has received $3,520 through the Morrison Government’s Volunteer Grants to boost their capacity to care for vulnerable community members.

Member for Reid, Dr Fiona Martin, is pleased to support the volunteers at St Paul’s to deliver their community outreach programme.

“The volunteers at St Paul’s have stepped up their regular outreach programme to look after those impacted most severely by the coronavirus pandemic,” Dr Martin said.

“In a time where the social and financial pressures of the pandemic are impacting more people, the work of these volunteers is invaluable.”

The funding will be used to train new volunteers so that they may carry out the outreach programme’s food preparation and social work to the highest standard.

Dr Jane Carrick, the Outreach Coordinator at St Paul’s Anglican Church, said the funding could not have come at a better time.

“We’ve really become a one-stop-shop for many people who are struggling. The pandemic has meant that we’re now feeding 450 people per week,” Dr Carrick said.

“It was beautiful that so many people in our community put up their hands to volunteer. We’re very grateful for this funding as we now have the ability to train these new volunteers to help us meet the demand.” 

St Pauls Anglican Church Burwood is known for its Parish Pantry, which provides food and essential items to those who are homeless or in need. The Pantry, which is staffed by volunteers, has begun delivering food and items to vulnerable members of the community who are social distancing.

“These volunteers are providing food as well as social interaction for those who are isolated and alone,” Dr Martin said. “I’m proud to support their work and know that these newly trained volunteers will make a big difference to our most vulnerable community members.”

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