Urban Seed is an organisation that seeks to walk alongside communities who are doing life tough. In Melbourne CBD, that means living life with homeless people, people addicted to drugs and with mental problems as we try to give hope, food, support and friendship for people who often have no support network, and for whom loneliness is a real issue. In Norlane, a suburb of Geelong hit hard by unemployment, that means having regular shared meals, a free food pantry, and lots of activities to create a community of people who can support each other, while teaming up with Baptcare to provide affordable housing and a range of community services. In St Albans, Ballarat and Wangaratta, it means meeting the individual needs of each of those communities in which our workers reside.
While there are lots of charities helping homeless people, Urban Seed is different, as we house workers within the community, who's role is to build friendships and be there to provide all types of support. Our ultimate aim is to show a community how to help each other, and in doing so help themselves.
As the demand for our services grow, at the same time the ability for many charities to fundraise effectively becomes harder and harder. That's why I am putting out a broader request this year for fundraising.