Anti Poverty week- how can businesses help those that are poor

This article is brought to you by the Salvation Army and the Big Umbrella

Anti Poverty week is from the 13-19th of October and it recognizes those people in dire need. Businesses have a part to play in the welfare of those less fortunate. There was the Melbourne Marathon on Sunday where 37,000 people took part in that raising money for charity.

But what about other things?

It is estimated that 110,000 people in Australia are homeless. Some of them couch surf and others are out on the streets through no fault of their own.

There is a huge wait for public housing and the wait will get longer if the Government doesn’t do something about it.

So how can businesses help this week

  • They can purchase some Entertainment books for their staff. You can do this right here.
  • They can sign up to help out on one of the Big Umbrella’s nights. To do that you just email the Big Umbrella.
  • They can donate unwanted food to charity. If you sell food this is a viable option for you.
  • They can also write a letter to the local MP asking them to try and raise the allowance of Newstart by about $75 per fortnight. The money that a Newstart recipient earns is about $400-$600 per fortnight. And on top of that they have to pay rent which eats up two thirds of the budget

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