Strengthening community connections, as well as bonds across our teams was the aim of the game in in November when we hosted Vocus Volunteering Week– showcasing the profound impact that a dedicated team can have on local communities.
At Vocus we are committed to building critical connections with and within the communities where we operate. Beyond working with our customers, community partners and industry peers to further strengthen digital and social connectivity, our Volunteering Week gave our people an opportunity to give their time to a cause close to their heart and close to home.
More than 400 Vocus team members participated in 42 different activities spanning 23 community organisations, from supporting families in need to environmental conservation and educational initiatives.
Vocus team members in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth spent the day mentoring students as part of the launch of our three year partnership with Australian Business and Community Network (ABCN).
ABCN is an amazing Australian non-profit organisation that connects schools in low-socioeconomic areas with careers and skills development opportunities using a workplace-based mentoring model. They work with schools across Australia in metro and regional, rural and remote areas, including a Careers Mentoring Program for First Nations Students.
The students expressed gratitude for the team's commitment to sharing insights, kindness, and career guidance, highlighting the positive influence that mentoring programs can have on future generations.
One of the standout efforts of the week was the team that spent the day at C Care in Melbourne, preparing and packing meals for families facing food insecurity.
C Care was founded in 2011 as a community initiative to help provide culturally appropriate meals and friendship for food insecure and socially isolated new migrants. Today the organisation supports almost 1,800 people from all walks of life who experience food insecurity and social isolation. C Care’s services provide entry level, culturally appropriate and easy to access resources for vulnerable members of our community, which are created and delivered by our predominantly volunteer workforce.
Our Project Horizon team spent a day with St Kilda Mums, a local Victorian volunteering organisation that recycle and rehome nursery equipment including cots, prams, car seats, clothes and other baby essentials to help families with young children give their kids the best start in life. The team spent the day cleaning and assembling prams and sorting donated items, helping the organisation through a busy time in the lead up to the end of the year.
Team members in Perth volunteering with Perth Natural Resource Management rolled up their sleeves and took to Scarborough beach, clearing 50 bags of invasive weeds and picking up over 6.4kg of litter.
Perth Natural Resource Management is a highly regarded for-purpose collaborating with Federal, state, and local governments, the community, academics and the corporate sector to deliver solutions to environmental issues.