How RACV’s Community Foundation gave back in 2019
How RACV Community Foundation’s $751,000 of grants helped not-for-profits in 2019.
Although they are generations apart, retired butler Clynton and medical researcher Haydn are true mates sharing a unique history.
For Clynton, 77, his new friendship eases his social isolation as an elderly gay man who has lost many contemporary mates, while Haydn, 30, sees his pal as a trailblazer for the LGBTI+ community.
They met through a unique program for elderly and isolated LGBTIQ+ people run by Melbourne charity Switchboard Victoria.
RACV’s Community Foundation gave a $150,000 grant to Switchboard to expand its “out and about project” which pairs isolated and elderly LGBTIQ+ people with young volunteers from the community.
This charity is one of 14 not-for-profit groups which shared in $751,000 of foundation grants ranging from $11,450 to $150,000 in 2019 for projects to combat social isolation.
Foundation chairman Graeme Chipp says social isolation has a negative impact on the lives of many Victorians and their communities.
“Many of these programs are making a positive difference for Victorians experiencing loneliness by helping build new skills and creating a sense of belonging and purpose with others in their communities,” he says.