Ballarat Cares commenced independently in November 2007 after emerging through Committee for Ballarat as a Project. The team, led by Bill Mundy and Bronwen Clark, established a new regional model for corporate volunteering and social responsibility. Regrettably, due to a range of factors including the global financial crisis, Ballarat Cares was not in a position to continue independent activity after January 2009. The legacy and programs of Ballarat Cares will be continued through United Way and links between the former Chair and the Board of United Way, Ballarat.
Michelle Anderson, Angela Carey, Christopher Carroll, Kennece Coombe, Rebecca Hanley, Doug Lloyd, Jennifer MacPherson Berry, Daryl Powell, Peter Rademarker, Anne Scott, Barry Wright
A definable group of youth within Ballarat are subject to social exclusion and there is a drug environment which is undeniably more pervasive than in many Victorian communities. Businesses and their employees have been uncertain as to how to contribute in a coordinated and measurable way to the betterment of the communities they serve. Ballarat Cares can be the vehicle to bridge this gap.
Ballarat businesses and the community will benefit from Ballarat Cares because they can:
Contribute to the long-term sustainability of their communities through a focused and coordinated approach to corporate social
Demonstrate they understand the interconnection between sustainable business and a sustainable, vibrant and cohesive
Make it easy for staff to get involved in volunteering from the bottom up as well as the top down