After two long years of challenges and adversity due to the pandemic, community organisation C Care’s work has been recognised by the Victorian government at the prestigious 2021 Volunteering Awards.
C Care won the “COVID-19 Resilience Award” at Government House, highlighting the organisation’s commitment to supporting those experiencing food insecurity and social isolation, on March 25.
The frontline community organisation explained it now provides a full range of personalised services which are tailored to the unique needs of recipients, after a rapid growth in demand over the past two years.
The award recognised C Care’s determination to overcome obstacles that arose as a result of the pandemic, while at the same time growing the range and scale of its services.
C Care maintained a quality service for vulnerable members of the community across all its food security and social isolation solutions, while facing a more than doubling demand.
During the pandemic, C Care changed the way recipients accessed their services via either socially distanced collection or a non-contact system, also delivering directly to the door of recipients who were immobile or of ill-health.
The safety and wellbeing of volunteers was also important to the organisation, highlighted through the development of a highly organised team and board, who were dedicated to minimising risk for employees and volunteers.
C Care now incorporates strategies such as physical distancing for in-person volunteer sessions, an emphasis on hand-hygiene, frequent and clear communication with volunteers, and consultation with medical professionals.
C Care CEO Rabbi Shlomo Nathanson expressed his gratitude for the volunteers, supporters and partners who made C Care’s successful growth possible.
“Our wonderful volunteer community share and contribute their time, love and dedication to help disadvantaged members of our community without the expectation of recognition,” he said.
“However, it is important for our volunteers to take a moment to reflect on their incredible contribution and recognise their outstanding resilience.
“The 10,000 plus hours contributed over 2021 and the perseverance to help those in need, day in and day out, is a testament to their character and an inspiration to propel us into the work that needs to be done in the coming year, as recipient numbers continue to grow.
He added, “A huge thanks is due also to our donors, who stepped up at a time of huge community need to support our vital work.”