Housing and financial needs were the two priorities that came through in this year's community charities survey and research. We've made them a focus for the next quarter and have identified two main ways you can help this winter to build Healthy Communities in Aotearoa.
1. Donating quality winter items
Many community charities that we support are working with people without housing, in transitional housing or financially can't afford to heat their house. Comfortable warm housing is very important to achieving healthy households as we move into winter time. Please consider donating quality resources such as:
- Hot water bottles
- Warm clothing
Donating these items can really make a difference to a family in hardship. The items listed above were specifically requested by community charities supporting those in need.
2. Volunteer your time
Our community environments also need a helping hand. Do you have a volunteering day available to help in local community gardens or cleaning up beaches and waterways? We have charities in locations around Aotearoa that would like to work with you to help the local community. Please contact us for a bespoke volunteering opportunity.
April is Autism Awareness Month, so there is no better time to experience a different way of thinking and open our eyes to Autism!
As part of our Education and Diversity #EDU2022 Campaign, the Catalytic Foundation are supporting Xabilities to co-ordinate a special Art Exhibition, featuring the skills of many autistic artists.
One of the biggest “strains” of being neurodiverse is other people’s perceptions, says Tamara Grant who lives with autism. “You’re put into a category of ‘you look normal, so you should act normal’,” she said.
“[Autism] can be a gift because if everyone learnt to accept autism, everyone would learn to accept anyone who walked through the door, no matter what differences, because no two people with autism are the same.”
These quotes are from an article in STUFF, about Tamara Grant, a 22-year-old artist, public speaker and founder of Xabilities, a social enterprise with a focus on advocating for neurodiverse people.
During Autism Awareness Month, with help from Pub Charity, we are supporting Xabilities to co-ordinate a special Art Exhibition so people can experience a different and inspirational way of thinking.
This Autistic Expression Event opens on April 4th at 4pm will run for the month of April, at the Estuary Art Centre in Orewa, Auckland. The opening of the event and featured artists can also be seen online via Xabilities and social media pages.
“I want just autistic people to know that it’s OK, and that we can have a life of independence and joy,” Tamara said.
To support this Autistic Expression - Art Exhibition Event
Thank you Pub Charity for your support of this very special event.
Working together to get children back to school is so important. Too many of our tamariki and mokopuna are not yet at school as more often than not, their families cannot afford back to school costs.
Rising back to school costs are hurting our struggling and needy whānau. This is why this type of donation is so very much appreciated! Let us together help get our children back to school and give the education they both deserve and want!
The Catalytic Foundation started the EDU2022 campaign this year to help schools and families in desperate need of digital devices and school resources for their children to learn with.
"Families are struggling to put food on the table, let alone provide stationery. Glen Taylor School are helping with providing meals for children so they can learn while at school" Johanna Wrack, Vice Principal, Glen Taylor School
The following is a message we received from two boys whose family has been in transition due to domestic violence...
" Thank you so much we were struggling to get our school work completed on the school computer and have been held back without a devise. I just can't believe that we have one each and they are brand new. This is the best gift we have ever had. Things like this don't ever happen to us it's so incredible."
With the help of Rockwell Automation and generous individual donations, the Catalytic Foundation have distributed 80 backpacks filled with school items, including 25 stationery packs and 22 new Chromebooks for children to have at home and school. However, more Chromebooks are needed.
Thank you to our donors and businesses who have supported this campaign. If you can help please go to this link.
The Catalytic Foundation would like to thank the team at Rockwell Automation for their donation and volunteering time putting together backpacks for our EDU2022 campaign, assisting children in need with resources to help with their education.
Each backpack contained necessary items for school including: Lunchboxes, drink bottles, pencil cases, pencils, rulers, glue sticks, erasers, and notebooks.
The backpacks were distributed to families in desperate need of these supplies via our schools and community charity network. These include:
- Glen Taylor Primary School
- Woven Earth - helping families affected by domestic violence
- Budgeting and Family Service - helping families in South Auckland (Tuakau, Otara and Manukau)
Annually, the Catalytic Foundation supports hundreds of community charities, providing donations, resources and volunteering where it’s needed most. Our accreditation programme recognizes and acknowledges the quality and trustworthiness of the community charities that we support.
Through the power of a nationally coordinated fundraising effort and payday giving, the Catalytic Foundation maximizes the funding received to support multiple community partners throughout New Zealand. We annually support over 100 small to medium sized human welfare organisations throughout New Zealand, focusing on organisations that lack name recognition or size to attract significant funding but provide high quality essential services in the community in line with our mission.
Our charity evaluation and assessment process and criteria is a thoroughly tried and tested approach, one which goes back 40 years to when the foundation used to be United Way NZ. With the launch of the accreditation programme, sponsors and donors can rely on this accreditation status to know that funds are wisely invested back into the communities for maximum impact.
Checkbox for accreditation
- Are a registered charity in New Zealand
- Is made up of local community members
- Is built upon addressing needs of that community
- Has a good volunteer to staff ratio
- Has good governance
- Effectively measures and records the impact of community activities
- Shows commitment to their goals and vision
- Good financial managers
- Assessed and recommended by a Catalytic Foundation Ambassador or staff member
- Accreditation has been agreed on by the Catalytic Foundation Board of Trustees
Catalytic Foundation ambassadors or staff carry out on-site assessment visits to community charities all over New Zealand to determine how Catalytic Foundation funding grants get allocated. The charities who are successful obtain accreditation as recognition of the work they do in providing outstanding services within the community. They will also be eligible to be featured in Catalyser Lite platform.
Photos: Congratulations to Woven Earth who have achieved accreditation status
Congratulations to Kerryn Thrupp, CEO of Woven Earth for the necessary work you do in the Auckland community.
As an acknowledgment of the charity and the important work they do setting up homes for families who have been affected by domestic violence, we presented Kerryn with this Accreditation Certificate from the Catalytic Foundation.
Woven Earth has met every criteria in the Catalytic Foundation charity accreditation checklist and we are very happy to endorse them as a very worthy charity to donate to, give resources to and volunteer with.
"We furnish homes and in doing so we furnish lives. We help change the #thenwhat - one family at a time". Kerry Thrupp, CEO at Woven Earth
Photo: Kerryn Thrupp in the Woven Earth Warehouse with the Catalytic Foundation Accreditation Certificate and backpacks we donated for families.
Through the generous giving from our online and company donors we were able to drive through the Auckland Covid border at 5am on the 15th December, to deliver 296 Christmas boxes to two very hard-working family support charities in Kaitaia.
The first stop was at Whare Timatatanga Hou Ora (Kaitaia Womens Refuge), where we were greeted by the team, ready to receive the carefully wrapped parcels for their whanau in need. The team told us that many families leave their homes in a hurry during a domestic violence situations, so they were not only thankful for the lovely gifts for each member of the family, but also the essential personal items included in the boxes.
Our second stop was to deliver Christmas boxes to Te Rarawa social services in the centre of Kaitaia, and we received the following feedback:
Te Rarawa social services would like to take this opportunity to thank the Christmas Shoebox Appeal for the time and effort in gaining resources that our organisation could distribute to whanau in need during the Christmas period 2021. The gifts were welcomed by whanau and their children with excitement and helped relieve some of the financial stresses whanau faced during this time. Below, I have attached some feedback received from families and workers who had the pleasure of delivering these shoeboxes.
Many, many thanks to the shoe box appeal organizers who tirelessly continue to give. The cause has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated. Again, many thanks for helping make a positive difference for our whanau in our Community.
"Whanau were very thankful and appreciative in receiving the shoe box gifts".
"Very thankful as they were unable to financially provide for the children last year due to COVID. The uncertainty of having enough provisions. When the gifts were given the faces on the children lit up. Many wanting to open them up and taking guess of what could be in them".
"My whanau were very grateful and appreciative receiving their shoe boxes, as some were in a really hard place going into the holidays".
"Receiving them gave a little bit of joy as seeing their babies open a present and the happiness it brought them started their holidays off on a good note".
"Spoke with caregiver today she was very appreciative of the boxes, she said it really helped for her moko to have presents"
"All the whanau were amazed with the boxes they were gifted and how the gifts they received in the boxes were so on point for their children".
"I had a 14 year old boy who was very humbled by the gifts he got. He never expected anything and was so overwhelmed".
"Young girls were so excited being able to explore what was inside their gift boxes".
The Catalytic Foundation would like to thank the charities involved who provide such important family services in the Far North, our donors, and our volunteers including: Luana Smith who helped drive the Ute with our CEO Teresa Moore to Kaitaia and George Makene for the use of your vehicle. Collectively we made a difference.
Photos: Unloading at Te Rarawa Social Services
When Cheyelle Robins-Reti contacted the Catalytic Foundation about supporting the Christmas Shoebox Appeal in Tauranga we were excited. Cheyelle was in France on tour at the time, so we put the wheels in motion to ensure we could make Christmas a happy time for rangatahi in Tauranga.
Through our contacts at the Acorn Foundation we were connected with Tanya Grimstone at Te Aranui Youth Trust.
They were very thankful thankful for the Christmas boxes. Cheyelle also provided sports gear for the young people which was amazing. They had a great party with their rangatahi and have also been able to spread the joy with the extra gifts being distributed by Police youth workers.
"We work with vulnerable youth in the Western Bay of Plenty between the ages of 7-14. We also support and work with the Police Youth Development Team and the Police Family Harm Team so we were delighted to be able to support these organisations to get gifts to some of our youth".
Thank you very much for considering us. Ngā mihi nui. Tanya Grimstone
Through the generous giving from our online donors and the staff at Spark, Xero, Dow, Hays Recruitment, Chubb Insurance, Rockwell Automation, Richmond Chambers, Cambridge Clothing, All things Plumbing, IMCD NZ Ltd, Kohler NZ, Russell Investments, Lion NZ Customer services team, Britomart Group, Cooper and Company, Lynch and Associates, Chorus, Dell Technologies, Reach Local NZ Ltd, Argosy Property Ltd, Kmart, TAS Health and the BNZ, we were able to support thirteen community services in the Waikato/Auckland region with the 2021 Christmas appeal.
The project would not have gone ahead without a drop off, pick up and volunteering centre, organised by Rockwell Automation in Mt Wellington. We would like to thank their team very much for their support, volunteers and the venue for the project.
We delivered 1138 boxes of presents and essentials to families involved with English Language Partners (Waikato), Island Child Charitable Trust, North Shore Police, Woven Earth, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, HBC Grandparents Parenting Grandchildren, Love Soup, The Mums Clique, Budgeting and Family Support Services (Manukau, Otara, Tuakau), North Shore Women's Centre, De Paul House (Northcote and Rodney), Shine Women's Refuge and Rodney Hestia Women's Refuge.
"Thank you to the Catalytic team for making Christmas special for some of our most vulnerable families, who had been living with domestic violence. For many of our impacted families, Christmas was looking bleak with financial and emotional pressures adding further stress on top of their situation. We were overwhelmed by the love received from individuals and businesses who donated Christmas gifts to our clients and their children, as well as food - including special Christmas treats, which helped ensure they could have as much of joyful Christmas as possible". Carol Herbert, Relationship Specialist, Shine“My daughter loves her new box….it really is the little things. I am more grateful than I can explain. Thank you”
Thanks to the generosity of our community, we were able to make Christmas special for children in our KIDshine programme. This meant our clients who were not in a position to purchase presents, were able to bring joy and hope to their children. Each gift included a card that read ‘This is a little gift from us to celebrate everything you have achieved this year’.
One mum said, “You’re right, it’s crazy how much we've done, we couldn’t have done it without you”.
Photos: Chubb Insurance volunteer filling boxes that were donated by Spark, Dow Chemicals team donated many generous gifts, delivering parcels to De Paul House in Northcote and below a delivery to North Shore Womens Centre
Through the generous giving from our online individual donors and the staff at Forsyth Barr, Mercy Hospital, Marsh Insurance, MTF Finance, Polson Higgs, Southern DHB, Kom Limited, Swain Woodham Group, Otago Polytechnic, Hays Recruitment, PKF Dunedin Ltd and Oamaru Playcentre, we were able to support five community charities in the Otago region with the 2021 Christmas appeal.
The project would not have gone ahead without a drop off, pick up and volunteering centre at the Dunedin Community House and we thank them for their help, volunteers and use of their venue for the project.
We delivered 302 boxes of presents and essentials (double that of last year) to families involved with Corstorphine Community Hub, the Cancer Society (families in Dunedin and Invercargill), Stopping Violence Dunedin, Te Whare Pounamu Womens Refuge and Oamaru Pacific Island Community Group Inc.
"I had amazing feedback from a family that I gave boxes too. The young girl aged 11 thought that the box had been designed especially for her as it contained everything she is into and loves to do at the moment. The young boy who was 12 years old was super impressed as well which says a lot coming from a young boy!
Keep doing what you are doing as you did it so well and touched the lives of young people and their parents in a very special way at such a difficult time in their lives".
Ngā mihi, Jo Bremer, Supportive Care Invercargill, The Cancer Society of New Zealand
"Thankyou again for the amazing work you do 😊"
Kind regards, Hana Hana Halalele, General Manager
Oamaru Pacific Island Community Group Inc
Thank you to everyone involved who volunteered and donated to make this possible.
Photos: Volunteers at work at Forsyth Barr and Corstorphine Community Hub picking up boxes for their families