GIVIT grows Gloucester's list for giving

Melissa Bowman hands over vouchers to Amy Maslen a St Joseph's Primary School Gloucester. Photo supplied

Melissa Bowman hands over vouchers to Amy Maslen a St Joseph's Primary School Gloucester. Photo supplied

It's been a few months since the GIVIT group has visited Gloucester but thanks to a recent visit, the list of local organisations accessing the service has grown.

Back in January, it was only the Anglican Church on the list, and now there are many more community groups included, from the Bucketts Way Neighbourhood Group to St Joseph's Primary School.

GIVIT is an organisation that links people wanting to donate directly to those in need. It's all about ensuring that what is needed is provided.

The idea is to get as many local organisations, sporting groups, service clubs and schools as possible too register with GIVIT online. Once accepted, the groups can upload the items needed, either for the group itself or for others in the community, then GIVIT can work toward providing those needs.

GIVIT works as the conduit between the donors and the receivers, all the while working to ensure the items needed are purchased locally to help support small businesses.

Newly appointed NSW Drought Support Officer for GIVIT, Melissa Bowman paid a visit to Gloucester on Wednesday, March 18 to meet with a few groups for a chat.

Her goal was to tell them all about what GIVIT can offer and to encourage them to register. It was a very successful visit with numerous organisations jumping on board.

While she was in town, she also delivered vouchers from a local hardware store to St Joseph's school to help them purchase items for their playground. She also had a tonne of individual sized sunscreen tubes which had been donated to GIVIT by MECCA, so she handed over a box worth to principal, Amy Maslen.

Melissa Bowman gets Kim Wiesner at Bucketts Way Neighourhood Group signed up. Photo supplied

Melissa Bowman gets Kim Wiesner at Bucketts Way Neighourhood Group signed up. Photo supplied

"GIVIT visited our school and was able to assist with support for various needs in our school including classroom resources and gardening and outdoor supplies," Amy said.

"These items may have fallen to the school or our P and F to fundraise for which is difficult when times are tough for all in our community. St Joseph's is extremely grateful to GIVIT and all those who support and donate to this very worthwhile charity," she said.

During Melissa's visit with Kim Wiesner at Bucketts Way Neighourhood Group, she was able to work toward getting the organisation on the list for items needed in the community.

Getting access to this kind of service is vital to an organisation like BWNG, especially after having lost government funding for emergency services at the end of December.

"Right now it means everything," Kim explained. "We still have no emergency food except for community donations and this way we can apply for grocery vouchers."

Melissa is very keen to get as many organisations signed up as possible to help out with anything from haircuts, stationery and uniforms for students to rural feed, fencing materials and food vouchers for farmers.

According to Melissa, she's looking to spend around $10,000 at Gloucester businesses to help supply items to those in need.

In order for an individual to access items, they need to contact a organisation that is already registered with GIVIT. To access the names of who in town can help, visit www.givit.org.au/community-hub and search for the nearest location in your postcode.

For more information about how to get involved or what the service can provide, email Melissa on drought@givit.org.au.