The Greater Building Society has given all 230 of its staff that have volunteered for a charity partner this year special recognition on International Volunteers Day (December 5).
The staff each were sent a special certificate for volunteering for a charity supported by the Greater Charitable Foundation from Foundation CEO Anne Long and Volunteering Australia.
Greater CEO Scott Morgan also sent a message of thanks to his staff.
“By volunteering, our staff members are improving the lives of people in our community,” Mr Morgan said.
Today some of those Greater staff received further recognition at the NSW Volunteering Awards in Sydney.
IT systems and security manager Jeremy Andreani was a top three finalist for the Individual Corporate Volunteer of the Year award. The 13 member team that this year volunteered for a mentoring program for young people (ignition) with cerebral palsy were a top three finalists for the Corporate Volunteer Team of the Year award.
Jeremy has volunteered in all but one of the seven Cerebral Palsy Alliance mentoring programs in which Greater staff have participated including this year’s Ignition program. The other staff members in the Ignition team are Emma Avery, Ivana Baldwin, Matt Barlow, Ben Burns, Sam Clark, Mark Davison, Wayne Dean, Kelly Eather, Andrew Frith, Travis Hall, Mirella Liddell and Debbie Mac. The program helps build self confidence and resilience in teenagers with cerebral palsy. This year’s Greater team members each volunteered more than 70 hours during 15 facilitated mentoring sessions with their mentees held after work and during a weekend away in Sydney.
As well as providing funding for charity partners, the Greater Charitable Foundation facilitates Greater staff volunteering to further support the charities. The Foundation was established in 2011 and is funded from profits of the Greater Building Society. To date, the Foundation has allocated more than $4 million.