The voting for our quarterly community grants program is now open and it's over to you!
After all the votes are counted, the top five groups will receive $2,000 each, and the remaining groups will receive $1,000 each.
Below are the shortlisted groups for this round. Click to read more about the group to help you make your selection.
Don’t forget - anyone who has been a P&N Bank member for a minimum of six months can nominate an Individual or Group for the Helping &nds program throughout the year.
The Bibbulmun Track Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation established to provide support for the management, maintenance and promotion of the Bibbulmun Track. The Foundation has two key aims. Firstly, to encourage people of all ages and fitness levels to participate in bushwalking, especially along WA’s premier walk trail – the Bibbulmun Track. Secondly, to maintain the facility to a high standard to ensure that it remains one of the world’s great long distance walk trails. The Foundation has over 400 volunteers who contribute by helping to maintain the track, assist as volunteer guides and support the office team.
A P&N Bank Helping &nd would help purchase the materials for a bridge to replace those destroyed by bushfire. There are a number of bridges that need to be installed and all labour is done by volunteers.
More information about the work of the Bibbulmun Track Foundation can be found on their Facebook page.
CREW help homeless people and struggling families in the Rockingham and Kwinana areas. CREW assist these disadvantaged people by providing them free community BBQs and hot lunches, serving 60 meals every week. In addition CREW offer low price furniture at affordable prices, as well as food hampers for struggling families. They supply between 50 and 60 hampers every week. CREW volunteers aim to provide a short period of respite, a meal or food and the chance for their guests to talk in a safe environment. Into the future CREW is aiming to help more people through employment support, financial counselling and other services.
A P&N Bank Helping &nd would be used to help cover the costs of a free Christmas party for the struggling families of Rockingham and Kwinana.
More information about The CREW can be found on their Facebook page.
Hannah’s House exists to enhance quality of life for children with life-limiting conditions and their families. Many families face emotional, physical and financial hardships nursing a child around the clock, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with little support or respite. Worries of caring for a child with complex medical needs, social isolation and sleep deprivation often contribute to mental health issues. Hannah’s House helps support the physical, mental and social wellbeing needs of children with complex medical needs and their families, from diagnosis through to recovery or end of life, by providing vital in-home care, support and respite.
A P&N Bank Helping &nd would assist Hannah's House provide families caring for a child with special or complex health needs with in-home respite care and support hours.
More information about Hannah's House can be found on their Facebook page.
The Morangup Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade was established in 1980 and keeps the community safe in a fire emergency in the Morangup region an hour north east from Perth. The Brigade is made up of dedicated volunteers who have undergone hours of training in preparation for defending the community from fire. The Brigade also works to promote fire awareness to the community so they have an understanding and are prepared to stay safe when an emergency does happen. The Brigade relies heavily on generous donations to ensure they have the equipment and resources to continue to provide this crucial voluntary service.
A P&N Bank Helping &nd would be used to purchase a new fridge and eskies to store cold drinks and ice packs to keep the volunteers hydrated and cool on the fire field.
More information about the Morangup Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade can be found on their website.
The Perth & Districts Multiple Birth Association (Inc) was formed in May 1974 as the “Twins Plus Club of WA” by a group of mothers who felt the need for the companionship and sharing of experiences with other parents of multiple birth children. They are a not-for-profit organisation run by a committee of volunteer parents of multiple birth children. Today they have grown into an Association of over 500 families in 2017/2018 and provide advice, education and support services to multiple birth parents.
A P&N Bank Helping &nd would be used to help fund Perth & Districts Multiple Birth Association's upcoming Christmas event to connect multiple birth families.
More information about the Perth and Districts Multiple Birth Association can be found on their Facebook page.
RSPCA WA's aim is to protect all animals from cruelty by actively promoting public awareness about animal welfare and advocating for improvements in the way people relate to animals. Inspectors respond to more than 19,000 animal cruelty reports every year and over 200 animals are in in RSPCA WA's care every day and many more are out on foster. Last financial year 2,017 animals were cared for by RSPCA WA and 1,095 animals were adopted by new families. RSPCA WA also help the animals and people the RSPCA Inspectors come into contact with in the community, including animals before they come to the RSPCA shelter, people who are homeless or experiencing financial hardship or victims of domestic violence.
A P&N Bank Helping &nd will make an important contribution to providing animals with shelter, care, food, treats, enrichment, veterinary care, flea and worm treatments, love and attention until they find their new home.
RSCPA WA's volunteer program allows West Australians to help ensure animals receive the love and care they deserve.
South West Animal Rescue (SWAR) is a totally volunteer run organisation which works with local pounds to save unwanted animals from euthanasia. SWAR also provide low cost sterilisation assistance to low income families and also help with the re-homing of private surrendered animals. SWAR also play an important role in educating people on getting the right animal for their family in the first place to stop pets becoming unwanted.
A Helping &nd will support the costs of vet expenses associated with rescuing animals.
More information about South West Animal Rescue can be found on their Facebook page.
The Wanneroo and Communities Suicide Prevention Network (WACSPN) is a group of community members with lived experience (bereaved, those who live with ideation and attempt survivors), community leaders and service providers whose focus is to promote positive mental wellbeing and the prevention of suicide. The Group does this via encouraging conversations, awareness raising, suicide prevention training, support groups, community presentations and supporting organisations with development of a workforce culture that supports diversity and inclusion.
A Helping &nd from P&N Bank help WACSPN train lived experience members as community suicide prevention educators with the aim to reduce the stigma around suicide, mental illness and increase help seeking amongst the Wanneroo community.
More information about Wanneroo and Communities Suicide Prevention Network can be found on their Facebook page.
According to United Nations World Health Estimates, wheelchairs are desperately needed around the world for millions of severely disabled children throughout under-resourced countries and communities of the world. Perth based Wheelchairs for Kids has over 200 volunteers that manufacture rough terrain wheelchairs that conforms to World Health Organisation specifications. All wheelchairs are sent to developing countries and remote Australian communities for distribution to disadvantaged disabled children, often providing mobility for the first time in the disabled child's life. Since 1998 WFK’s have distributed 42,307 wheelchairs, in 2018 WFK will distribute over 3500 wheelchairs. Each wheelchair costs $200 in materials to produce.
A Helping &nd from P&N Bank would assist WFK purchase the required materials to produce five to ten new wheelchairs.
Learn more about the work of Wheelchairs for Kids on their Facebook page.
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