The COVID stage 4 lockdown has ended, however, some modified restrictions remain in place, including limits on social gatherings and wearing masks indoors at all times.
In the heart of the hills, hard-working volunteers from The Philanthropic Collective are delivering care boxes with fresh fruit and veggies to local families and seniors.
Since 2016, members of the Philanthropic Collective have been collecting donated fresh food from generous local businesses and making sure it gets to local people who need it. Pre-COVID-19, this 100% volunteer powered initiative was delivering food boxes every weekday to schools and other pick-up points, feeding about 1000 children, families and seniors. In the last few months the team, led by founders Andrew and Fabian, have been busy adapting the many aspects of their program to restrictions while working to meet new community needs.
"In March, when I lost my job and my husband got put on 3 days, I contacted Andrew and he said 'We’ll help you out’. It has been such a support over the whole COVID time, to be receiving a box of food each week," says a local community member.
The Philanthropic Collective have recently developed a partnership project called CONNECT to provide re-purposed laptops and computers to students in the Dandenong Ranges. The first laptop was handed over to a Sherbrooke Community School student to support that young person with remote learning.
Yarra Ranges Shire Council
P.O. Box 105, Anderson Street
Lilydale, VIC 3140
P 1300 368 333
F (03) 9735 4249
Yarra Ranges Council respectfully acknowledges the traditional owners, the Wurundjeri people, as the custodians of this land. We pay respect to all Aboriginal community Elders, past and present, who have resided in the area and have been an integral part of the history of the region.