27 Aug, 2013

Setting the agenda for corporate giving - Council and Vinnie’s sign MOU

City of Adelaide is leading the way when it comes to encouraging staff to help those less fortunate in the community and has already raised more than $16,000 for Vinnie’s this year.

To formalise the staff’s commitment Council CEO Peter Smith and Vinnie’s State President Brian Spencer, will sign a Memorandum of Understanding at a luncheon to raise awareness of corporate partnering at the Queen Adelaide Room at the Town Hall tomorrow, Wednesday 28 August 2013 at 1pm.

Peter said Council staff members are a great example of what can happen when CEO’s support their staff in taking on corporate social responsibility and he’s encouraging other business leaders to follow suit.

“We are pleased to be the first corporate to sign up to Vinnie’s Corporate Partnerships program, and look forward to supporting Vinnie’s not just through fund raising but we also want to lend a hand through our professional and technical expertise,” said Peter.

“In addition, we are also providing work placement opportunities for some of Vinnie’s job-seeker clients here at Council, so they have some real work experience they can use to help them enter or re-join the paid workforce,” he said.

“The sky is the limit, businesses can pledge as much or as little as they like, money or time and expertise, the best thing is that it all goes towards making a real difference to those in need.”

Brian Spencer views the partnership as an opportunity to make an even greater difference to the essential needs of those less fortunate in the Adelaide community and is looking forward to pooling some resources and coming up with some innovative ways to help those in need.

“We are already seeing our Whitmore Square accommodation, our Migrant and Refugee services and Fred’s Van benefit from the partnership,” said Brian

“It’s not always just about raising money, enabling Vinnie’s staff and volunteers to tap into the skills and know-how of Council staff will make a real difference in strengthening the support we can provide to those less fortunate in Adelaide.”

Both organisations believe their partnership is the beginning of great things and look forward to other corporates following suit, and helping make positive changes for the people of Adelaide.

Corporations and businesses interested in making a difference can contact St Vincent de Paul Society (SA) Inc on (08) 8112 8727.

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Rebecca Draysey