Each year Built Environs—part of the McConnell Dowell Group—contribute to the running costs of the Do Unto Others (DUO’s) programme, which operates at The Salvation Army in Adelaide CBD.
DUO’s is an initiative that reaches out to homeless, vulnerable and marginalised people through a
community dinner on Wednesday and Saturday nights. Currently, up to 200 people come through the doors on a Saturday night.
As well as financial support, Built Environs staff regularly volunteer with the programme through
cooking meals, serving tea or coffee, waiting tables and interacting with guests.
Chris Bate, Managing Director of Built Environs in South Australia, shares why Built Environs
support the Salvos and the value it brings to the organisation.
“We support The Salvation Army for many reasons. We know that when we donate to the Salvos it’s
going to people in need. It has been a real eye-opener for me and some of the other staff to
interact with people in the community through DUO’s. There’s a real cross section of people—rough sleepers, parents with children, elderly people, and even people carrying babies.
“I would encourage other corporates to experience first-hand where their company’s charitable donations are going so that it’s not just something their people read about in an internal newsletter—but something they can see, feel and touch.”