The Community Centre found that there were community members, groups and businesses who want to donate money and items to support local men, women and children experiencing significant financial stress.
The ICare Community Project has evolved through community conversations, leading to a desire to encourage shire residents not to give up, and to have a sense of hope and community support when experiencing hardship.
The Community Centre is a central point for accepting donations of money into a specified Council account code designated for ICare. When there are funds available in this account, fuel or grocery only vouchers are purchased and allocated to people who meet the eligibility criteria.
Through the Community Centre, we also accept donations of items for other programmes connected to the ICare Project including; Share the Dignity, Alternative Learning Spaces, Operation Education, Dignity First Project (laundry and washroom facility), and the Yeppoon Salvation Army. We find that the items most helpful for these programmes include women’s and men’s personal hygiene products, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap, toothpaste, note pads, pens, pencils, USB sticks, school supplies, A4 reams of paper, and washing powder.