October 15, 2021

Look Good Feel Better, Lifeline Geelong and South-West Victoria and Elf Squad have been announced as the recipients of $22,845 in community grants from EnergyAustralia.

Now in its sixth year, EnergyAustralia’s Geelong Community Grants program supports community projects and initiatives within Geelong and the Western District that are focussed on improving education and social inclusion.

EnergyAustralia’s Customer Care Leader, Jim Salter-Duke, said his team is excited to be funding three worthy new initiatives.

“EnergyAustralia is one of the largest employers in Geelong, with hundreds of people in our contact centre. Our people love these grants and the positive impact they have on their own community,” said Jim.

Jason Doherty from Lifeline says the grant will make a positive difference to the mental health of local people.

“We’ll put our $10,000 to good use, putting people across Geelong and South-West Victoria through our SafeTALK and Mind Your Mates training programs. This will give them the tools to support people with mental health concerns – something that’s been on the increase with COVID-19,” said Jason.

EnergyAustralia’s $2,845 grant to Elf Squad will help it provide Christmas gifts to over 1000 local kids. While the $10,000 provided to Look Good Feel Better will mean it can hold 10 workshops for Geelong cancer patients, to help them manage the appearance related side-effects of their cancer treatment.

Since its inception, EnergyAustralia’s Geelong Community Grants program has distributed about $100,000 to local organisations. EnergyAustralia employees are also each given two paid volunteering days per year. This year, the Geelong contact centre has already undertaken more than 300 volunteer hours, and looks forward to doing many more with the newest community grant recipients.