BaptistCare HopeStreet has six innovative programs nominated for ‘My Community Project’ - a NSW Government initiative offering funding for those causes that receive the most support through a public vote.

Voting is now open and BaptistCare HopeStreet needs community support for the grassroots programs they have developed, to give people and families a hand up when they need it.

Gerry Lee, HopeStreet group manager said while HopeStreet is coming around people with practical and reliable support, community participation is needed to make these worthwhile programs and services happen.

“These projects are part of our desire to walk with people and to encourage them to make healthy choices for their safety and wellbeing” Gerry said.

“Our teams have come up with some great ideas that will make a genuine difference to the lives of individuals and families but we can’t do this alone. These are projects that just won’t get off the ground without local residents voting for them,” he said.

“We are urging people to take ownership of the changes they want to see in their neighbourhood and to take a moment to lend their support for these projects so that together, we can empower local communities.”

The six BaptistCare HopeStreet projects are:

  1. Woolloomooloo Out Loud: An after-school outreach program for at-risk youth in Sydney’s inner city.
  2. Project Clean Start: New community laundry and shower facilities for vulnerable members of the Lake Macquarie (Windale) community.
  3. Project Eve (for Homeless Women): A new safe space for homeless women over 50 to obtain vital support in Mayfield.
  4. Project Clean Start : New shower and toilet facilities for those in crisis in the Dubbo community.
  5. Finding Financial Freedom: A series of regular financial education evenings in Lismore with a healthy meal and child minding provided.
  6. Finding Financial Freedom: A series of regular financial education evenings in Grafton with a healthy meal and child minding provided.

Voting is open to individuals over 16 years with a valid Medicare card and you can only vote for projects in your NSW state electorate. To vote, just log in to your ServiceNSW Account – if you don’t have an account, you can sign up on the ServiceNSW website, call 13 77 88 or visit your nearest ServiceNSW Centre.

Voting closes on 15 August. For more information, visit My Community Project or download the voting fact sheet.