Every person on Earth will be affected but the poor and vulnerable will be hit first and worst. In Australia, we can already see the results of climate change in our landscape: coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef and the bushfires devastating our forests and country. The Be BlueRock Foundation supports grass roots projects that are tackling the issues that impact on our environment to potentially halt and reverse climate change.
It accounts for a staggering one-third of deaths in people aged under 25 – more than road accidents – and many more live with suicidal feelings. Mental ill health extends beyond the individuals directly suffering depression and anxiety to their families, friends and broader networks. Through our corporate giving and fundraisers, BlueRock supports a number of organisations, which in turn support young people and families touched by mental ill health.
We operate on the premise that the best way to address economic disadvantage is to help individuals and families break the cycle of poverty towards financial independence and to arm them with the skills they need to achieve financial security and self sufficiency.
Our BlueRockers also volunteer time to offer ongoing guidance on budgeting, saving and financial planning. Each individual client’s needs are assessed and the counsellors plan a time-limited targeted financial contribution aimed at bridging financial gaps. This is followed by meetings between the client and program coordinators to lay the foundations for longer-term planning.
Many of the organisations we work with report an increasing demand for their services and a large percentage of the participants are single mothers who are managing their family’s budget on their own.
When appropriate, BlueRock will also provide in-kind support, financial grants which the agencies usually distribute in the form of vouchers for Coles, school uniforms and utility bills.
Odonata are empowering and enabling all Australians to save wildlife, reverse climate change and increase biodiversity. They do this through the creation of a network of threatened species sanctuaries and corridors, undertaking cutting-edge research, and, inspiring and backing businesses and entrepreneurs with a vision for experiences in nature and nature-focused farms.odonata.org.au
Life Smart Kids is the fundraising arm of Life Ed Victoria, an impactful preventative health organisation who provide vital life skills for children. With the help of Healthy Harold, Life Ed Victoria gives kids the smarts to deal with the hard stuff. Their health and wellbeing programs provide children in Victoria the vital life skills they need to thrive, with programs designed to encourage students to translate their learning into action.lifesmartkids.com.au
Ocean Mind is a charity that provides therapeutic surf programs for young people who are experiencing mental health challenges, social isolation and disabilities. Using a simple mix of Surfing, Mentoring and Fun they create a therapeutic environment for young people to challenge themselves, learn new skills and flourish.oceanmind.org.au
TFN brings people together to find, fund and support grassroots social change programs that directly help people in need. They connect grassroots non-profits to people and organisations interested in investing their money, time and talent to drive social change.thefundingnetwork.com.au
The Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network provides access to hundreds of small grassroots organisations and projects that work to tackle environmental concerns. The Network is aligned to our strategy to support grassroots projects that look for solutions to reverse climate change and the different ways we can tackle issues that impact our environmental sustainability such as inland water, biodiversity, marines, toxics and our food systems.aegn.org.au