President’s letter October 2018

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President and Chairman of the Board, Netta Griffin, discusses RACV’s community programs.

Netta M Griffin
President & Chairman of the Board

RACV President Netta M Griffin
RACV President Netta M Griffin

We all need a sense of belonging. The feeling of belonging is what connects us and helps us to form meaningful relationships. Now, more than ever, our desire to feel a sense of community is growing, and we’re looking to businesses and governments to reflect this need and to take a much more active role.

Over our long history, RACV has been a strong advocate and supporter of helping people connect to their local communities. This year, RACV has realigned our community strategy to target the areas where we can have the biggest impact, both now and for future generations. 

‘Some of Victoria’s most vulnerable people have been helped through $734,000 worth of grants.’

The first pillar of our new community strategy is focused on connecting people through programs that help more Victorians to feel a part of, tap into, and contribute to the strength of their own communities. We believe we can do this through philanthropy, education programs, advocacy and technology.

This year, via RACV’s Community Foundation, some of Victoria’s most vulnerable people have been helped through $734,000 worth of grants spanning 20 grassroots organisations.

One to highlight is West Welcome Wagon, an organisation dedicated to harnessing the generosity of communities to provide support to asylum seekers in Melbourne’s west. West Welcome Wagon provides donated items, such as furniture, bedding, clothing, children’s toys, appliances and kitchenware to help individuals and families settle, and feel supported and embraced by their new community. 

When community programs are done well, they can empower individuals to access the support they need and link those in need with those who have something to give. RACV aims to work with these organisations to harness the skills and expertise of our employees and our members to make a meaningful impact in the communities where the need is greatest.

RACV has been proudly supporting Victorians and their communities for 115 years and will continue to champion education, advocacy, services and partnerships. 

You can visit the RACV website to read more about our work in the community.