Community Program

The Community Program partners with not-for-profit organisations working in communities where our members live and work.

We support these organisations to deliver projects addressing community needs in one of four focus areas:

Basic needs

Our basic needs focus area addresses the issues of food access and homelessness. Current projects include:

Homelessness

To address the needs of women facing homelessness and often domestic violence, the Outreach Program provides assistance to women and children as they transition from crisis to long-term housing.

Food access

The Community Food Program delivers an average of 220 meals per day. For many, the community meal is their only hot meal for the day.

Community building

The community building focus area works to ensure community connectedness and integration, whilst supporting culture and heritage. Current projects include:

Connectedness

The Soccer for All project is an initiative to get young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds involved in sport; an activity that holds a powerful place in Australian culture.

Integration

Building leadership, teamwork and advocacy skills, as well as confidence and resilience, are key outcomes of this specially designed Youth Ambassador Program for youth primarily from a refugee background.

Integration

An informative Information and workshops program is developing effective communication between people with disabilities and service providers, businesses and communities.

Culture and heritage

Maintaining a person’s cultural, ethnic and faith identity is known to be a strong, positive factor for settlement. The Karen Community Hub is being established to hold classes for young people to learn the Karen language as well as other cultural traditions such as music, dancing and weaving. 

Skills development

Many in our community don’t have the skills they need to thrive. Our skills development focus area works to develop skills for learning, employment and life. Current projects include:

Life skills

From time to time many people find themselves struggling to buy food and pay the rent or mortgage while juggling numerous debts. The Financial Counselling Program will help people in financial stress and hardship. 

Life skills

Lack of services and job prospects often coupled with problems at school or home can leave teenagers feeling isolated and despondent. The ARVOs Program is a weekly after-school program for disadvantaged youth.

Health

Our health focus area addresses the issues of access to services, addiction, obesity and peer support. Our current project that falls into this focus area is:

Peer support

Many women living in regional and rural areas miss out on vital patient-support services because they don’t have access to metropolitan hospitals, so we are funding the Telehealth cancer support services for rural and regional Victoria project.

Find out more

Our Community Program is dedicated to providing support for organisations that enrich the lives of disadvantaged Australians to encourage them to develop skills and attitudes that will assist them throughout their lives.

We support community organisations that demonstrate similar core values to those of LUCRF Super including fairness, integrity, standing up for one another, friendly service to members, members first and self belief.

Community partners are selected organisations that deliver important services to people in the communities in which LUCRF Super members live and work. The Community Program ultimately seeks to support organisations which would not otherwise receive funding from traditional sources.

Can my organisation apply for Community Program support?

The Community Program does not accept unsolicited applications. All applications for grants are by invitation only and are selected by the Community Program’s Board of Directors.

Our mission

To identify and support worthy causes which provide important services and support to disadvantaged and vulnerable people within communities in which LUCRF Super members live and work, by aligning with community organisations which share LUCRF Super’s values.

Get involved

LUCRF Super takes pride in being an organisation that continues to be a good corporate citizen and recognising the need for community involvement. Partnering with employers and members who share our values encourages the development of mutually beneficial relationships between us and the community, while giving those in need a helping hand.

If you have ever wanted to make a positive difference in your community – this is an easy way to get involved.

By joining with us you can support worthwhile local grassroots projects which deliver long-term solutions to issues in our local communities.

If you have considered community engagement but are unsure where to begin, the Community Program offers a reliable and effective way of assisting those most in need. Even a small contribution can make a big difference to the lives of the most vulnerable people in our communities. We take care of all the necessary due diligence and ongoing checks to ensure that our community partners are meeting their objectives and making a difference where it counts.

We also provide regular updates on how our community partners are tracking and report on their progress.

The LUCRF Super Community Program ABN 62 514 668 110 is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission and has endorsement as a deductible gift recipient (DGR) under subdivision 30-BA of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997, as a public ancillary fund.

Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.

How can I contribute?

You can contribute in one of two ways – by making a one-off donation, or by becoming a Workplace Giving partner.

  • Make a one-off donation to the LUCRF Super Community Program 

Complete and return our Donation Form.

  • Become a Workplace Giving partner

An automated payroll deduction is a simple and tax-effective way of donating. Contact us for more information.

Further information

To find out more call 1300 130 780 or email communityprogram@lucrf.com.au

Our Board

The LUCRF Super Community Program is governed by a Board of Directors made up of well known and respected individuals who have dedicated much of their careers to improving the lives of others.

The Hon. Monica Gould – Chair

Monica started her career in the union movement, before being elected to the Victorian Parliament in the Legislative Council, signifying her commitment to making a difference in the community. 

During her Parliamentary career, Monica held various Ministerial appointments, including the areas of industrial relations, education services and youth affairs. She was elected 18th President of the Legislative Council of Victoria in 2003 and was the first female to hold this position. Monica currently serves on the Board of Youth Projects Ltd.

The Hon. John Cain

John entered state politics in 1976 and was elected leader of the Victorian Labor Party in 1981. His was the first Victorian Labor government to be elected in 27 years and he was the first Labor Premier to be re-elected for consecutive terms. John has a long history of being involved in philanthropy and community-based organisations. He’s a published author and has participated in the Australia Day Ambassador Program over many years.

Maryanne Confoy, RSC

Maryanne is currently Professor of Pastoral Theology and Spirituality at the Jesuit College of Spirituality and University of Divinity, Parkville. She was also Professor of Pastoral Theology at Boston College, USA. She has worked in China, India, Bangladesh and South America. Maryanne is currently serving on the St Vincent’s Health Australia Board and is a member of the Support Group of The Way Community for Homeless Men, Fitzroy.

Prof. Andrew Holmes AC

Andrew is a chemist whose pioneering research has led to major advances in the field of organic light emitting devices and printed solar cells as a low-cost source of renewable energy. He is a University of Melbourne Laureate Professor Emeritus, and he was the inaugural veski Innovation Fellow in 2004. He has received a number of prestigious international awards. He was a member of the veski Board and a member of the Cambridge University Press Syndicate.  Andrew was recognised in 2017 by the appointment of Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), for his service to science through research and development.

Bill Kelty AC

Bill has been a key figure in the Australian union movement for over 40 years. One of Bill’s highlights came with his involvement in negotiating policy that resulted in compulsory superannuation for Australians. Bill feels privileged to have worked with the unions in supporting the rights of working Australians, championing for respect, fairness and dignity for all. This service was formally recognised in 2008 when he received the nation’s highest honour, the appointment as a companion of the Order of Australia (AC). Bill’s current appointments include serving as a Director of the Linfox Group and a Member of the Bill Hutchinson Foundation.

Wei-Pin Ma

Wei-Pin held the role of Asia/Pacific Regional Secretary for the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Association from 1973, until his retirement in 2013. Wei-Pin has an extensive history of building relations and working with not-for-profit organisations and is committed to ensuring human rights are upheld through mobilising and organising regional and global cooperation, material aid and expressions of solidarity.

The Hon. Shane Marshall

Shane began his career as a solicitor before being called to the Victorian Bar in 1981. Shane was appointed to the Federal Court of Australia and the Industrial Relations Court of Australia in 1995. He also held office as an additional judge of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory from 2004 until 2013. His achievements include receiving a Centenary Medal for services to industrial relations in 2003, and becoming one of the inaugural ambassadors for the Wellbeing and Law Foundation. Shane currently serves as Deputy Chair of the Victorian Racing Tribunal and Acting Judge of the Supreme Court of Tasmania.

Julie Warren

Julie was at the National Union of Workers (Victoria) for 22 years where she was President for 13 years. Julie has had extensive involvement in vocational education. She has a passion for providing workers with the opportunity to increase their skills, knowledge and grow their work prospects. Current appointments include serving as Chair of the Migrant Workers Centre and being a Board Member of the Portable Long Service Benefits Authority.

Completed projects

The Community Program has been partnering with community organisations since 2010. Our completed projects are listed below.

Basic needs

Food access
Foodbank
Horn of Africa Famine Appeal

Homelessness
Family and Child Health Worker
Playgrounds update

Skills development

Education
Homework program
Young Mums VCAL

Life skills
Afternoon Program
Engaging in Education
Professional and Personal Development
Emerging Pacific Youth Leadership
Guiding Pacific Adolescents

Employment
Mentoring Program
Member Volunteer Program
Life Skills to Employment
Next Steps
Literacy, Numeracy and Basic Computer Skills

Health

Obesity
Bariatric wheelchair and bed

Accessibility
Craniofacial surgery mission
Enhanced Medical Services
Street Psych

Peer support
Bridge of Support

Addiction
Gambling counsellor

Community building

Connectedness
Outreach van and BBQ trailer
The CF Hub
Zebra Finch Men’s Shed
Pooraka Farm Men’s Shed
Western Youth Centre website
Talk and tools mentoring

Culture and heritage
Cultural Identity

Integration
Youth drop-in
English and Digital Literacy Classes
Women’s Group
U11’s Rugby League merit side
Kick to Connect
Community Shield Soccer Tournament