When businesses support communities, wonderful things happen. Like the cubby house project that raised $1,500 for not-for-profit Communities@Work.
It all started when the team at Independent Property Group Tuggeranong (IPG Tuggeranong) decided to raise money for the local community in which they predominantly work. The first step was to pick a charity active in the Tuggeranong area. The second step was to find an item to raffle. The third step was to sell as many tickets and raise as much money as possible.
“We wanted to raffle an item related to ‘home’, which is what we’re all about,” says Will Honey, Principal, IPG Tuggeranong. “A cubby house was a great real estate connection and it ticked all the boxes because cubby houses make kids happy.”
This is the second year IPG Tuggeranong has raffled off a cubby house to raise funds for Communities@Work. Both houses were built by the folks at O Homes, run by Jo O’Callaghan. This year’s 2.5-metre x 2.5-metre wood-framed cubby house, complete with front door, ply floor and Colourbond roof, was mostly built by Jo’s apprentice, Chris Laing.
Tickets were raffled off over four weeks by IPG Tuggeranong, including at the Tuggeranong Festival, Southfest and Southpoint Shopping Centre.
“The first year we got the kids to paint the cubby house while it was on display at the shopping centre,” says Will. “The end result was a wild and crazy array of colours and designs. Needless to say, we had to repaint it a solid colour so the winner could take it home, but the idea got the kids really involved.”
The cubby house project isn’t the only way IPG Tuggeranong gives back to the community. Will says the team raises money for different causes in different ways throughout the year.
Communities@Work CEO, Lee Maiden, says the $1,500 raised enabled the social enterprise to buy five palettes of food to stock the pantry in Tuggeranong with nutritious, healthy food, including fruit, vegetables and bread.
“Our two food pantries are in Tuggeranong and Gungahlin. We get between 400 and 600 visits to them a week,” says Lee. “That’s a lot of clients struggling with bills or other money issues who can’t afford to buy food during these tough times. We give them a hand up to get through.”
Communities@Work has been around for 42 years, providing valuable support services to all sectors of the community in need, through a client-centred approach to delivery. Work includes services for children, seniors, people with disabilities, and others experiencing hardship. Communities@Work also provides qualification and professional learning services and it runs The Galilee School, a registered, independent secondary school supporting young people for whom the mainstream schooling environment struggles to deliver positive learning outcomes.