Vinnies Winter Appeal: people in crisis need your help
|The Vinnies Winter Appeal needs local donors to support local community work.|
From Catholic Outlook June 2012
Up to $500,000 of assistance is likely to be distributed by the St Vincent de Paul Society in the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta this winter to families in financial crisis and homeless people.
The cost of living for most families continues to rise. For example, NSW electricity prices have increased 59 per cent in real terms over the past five years and, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 10 per cent of low economic resource households were forced to seek assistance from welfare or community organisations.
Members of the St Vincent de Paul Society visit people experiencing poverty and assist them with their household bills.
Deacon Tony Hoban - St Vincent de Paul Society’s Executive Officer for the Diocese of Parramatta - said demand for Vinnies emergency assistance in Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains ran at $300,000 last winter.
“Members issued close to $100,000 more in energy vouchers to assist with gas and electricity bills. This total figure of $400,000 is likely to increase to $500,000 this winter due to the cost of living increases,” Deacon Tony said.
In addition, every night the Vinnies Van assists between 25 and 30 people experiencing homelessness at Penrith and Parramatta. Volunteers give out food, hot drinks, blankets and swags to those sleeping rough. During the winter months, hot beverages and blankets are in big demand.
“The St Vincent de Paul Society relies on donations from the local community to ensure the continuity of its work in the community by members and volunteers from the same community,” Deacon Tony said.
This winter the Society in the Diocese of Parramatta has launched a new online fundraising site to allow the community to donate to its Winter Appeal and find out more about the work of the Society in their local area.
The aim of the site is to keep everything local: local donors supporting local community work.Read full story at the Catholic Outlook Site
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