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AMP

AMP’s generously committed $500,000 over the last five years to refurbish The Salvation Army's Project 614.In recent years, The Salvation Army Project 614 at Bourke Street, Melbourne, has become the ‘beating heart’ of our work in the city. This is due in part to AMP’s generous commitment of $500,000 over the last five years to refurbish Project 614. One of the projects AMP funds is the AMP 614 Youth Bus. This is a fully refurbished motor coach parked at historical Flinders Street on weeknights.

It’s a safe place for Melbourne’s homeless and marginalised youth, and is equipped with a kitchenette, computers, gaming consoles, and ‘chill out’ and private counselling areas. The bus enables Salvation Army workers and volunteers to build relationships with vulnerable and isolated young people to improve their pathways to accommodation, employment and education.

Lumo Energy

This year Lumo Energy supported The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal in an innovative way.This year Lumo Energy supported The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal in an innovative way.

The annual Red Shield Appeal advertising campaign took a new approach by highlighting the stories of people in the community and how they see the work of the Salvos. Lumo Energy added their voice  to the appeal with a story told through the eyes of Lloyd—a field officer with Lumo Energy. For nine years, Lloyd (pictured right) has visited Lumo customers struggling to make energy payments.

“I go out and see our clients and find out how we can help them…you have to remember that people in
financial difficulties are sometimes embarrassed to ask for help,” says Lloyd. “It’s our job to try and help them get back on track by advising them how to manage accounts and telling them what assistance is available to them.”

In the advertisement, Lloyd shares his relief in knowing that the Salvos are at work, helping people in financial crisis or facing hardship every day.

As well as contributing their time and Lloyd’s real story, Lumo Energy paid the production costs of
the advertisement. Lumo Energy will also support The Salvation Army’s Utilities Assistance Programme, which helps ease the difficulty some households experience in paying their energy bills.

Watch the ad here.
Click here to visit the Lumo Energy Community page

Myer

Myer continue to support The Salvation ArmyLast year marked the 20th anniversary of the Myer Spirit of Christmas CD. Each year The Salvation  Army is honoured to partner with Myer to spread the message of joy and hope through music. Over $350,000 was raised from the sale of the CD in 2013, which featured artists such as Marina Prior and Guy Sebastian. All funds raised are directed to our children and youth programmes.

In addition to the CD, Myer and The Salvation Army this year launched the Power of Give campaign,
which will see $3 million raised over the next five years to help families and individuals in need at Christmas. The campaign encourages Australians to donate in-store at Myer to help bring joy to the lives of Australians doing it tough.

Myer Chief Executive Officer, Bernie Brookes, says he is delighted to continue to support the vital work of The Salvation Army—providing families with financial and emotional support. “We are pleased
to be extending our relationship with one of Australia’s largest and most diverse social welfare providers,” he says.

Over the Christmas period, The Salvation Army assists approximately 300,000 people, with over 8,000
meals served on Christmas Day to people without anyone to celebrate with.

Image above: Myer CEO Bernie Brookes and members of the Myer Community Fund Committee present the Spirit of Christmas cheque to Major Neil Venables and Judi Agnew of The Salvation Army.

Kleenheat Gas

WA street team in PerthThis financial year Kleenheat Gas provided  initial funding of $20,000 for The Salvation Army to launch the Salvos Street Outreach Service in Perth. This came after a need to provide assistance on the streets was identified, as there are more than 9,000 homeless people in Western Australia on any given night.

Since the Salvos Street Outreach Service was launched in August 2013:

  • more than 5,000 points of contact with Perth’s homeless have been made;
  • almost 2,000 sleeping bags have been distributed to people sleeping rough; and
  • more than 50 volunteers have been engaged, including nurses, students, businesses and indigenous workers.

The funding has allowed The Salvation Army to increase its contact with Perth’s homeless men by
330% and women by more than 400% from when the programme started.

One stand-out interaction the team had was with an older male sleeping each night in a rat-infested
laneway in Northbridge. After a few months of consistent visitation  and relationship building, he began to interact with the outreach team. He has now moved into The Salvation Army’s new hostel for
homeless men in Perth—The Beacon—where he has received medical and mental healthcare, long-term housing and other supports that have turned his life around.

Built Environs, South Australia

Built Environs support The Salvation ArmyEach 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.”