We were proud to announce our community awards today in Palmerston North on April 12th. Thank you to the community groups who attended and taking the time to tell everybody about the work you do. It certainly helped the networking in the room around the lovely refreshments provided by Palmerston North City Council.
Thank you to our guest speaker Deputy Mayor Tangi Utikere, who spoke about the importance of our community charities and the vital work they do. Here are some of the photos taken today with our wonderful charities.
If you are passionate about helping Young People here is your chance.
Mentors are currently required by Big Brothers Big Sisters in Manawatu.
WHY BECOME A MENTOR?
Researchers found that after 18 months of spending time with their mentors, when compared with their peers Little Brothers and Sisters were:
- 46% less likely to start using drugs
- 27% less likely to start drinking
- 52% less likely to skip a day of school
- More confident in their schoolwork performance
- Able to get along better with their families
- One third less likely to hit someone.
In addition, a 1999 evaluation of BBBS agency school-based mentoring programs revealed that:
64% of students developed a more positive attitude toward school
58% achieved higher grades
55% were better able to express their feelings
64% had higher levels of self-confidence
62% were more likely to trust their teachers
HOW TO BECOME A MENTOR.
Please contact Big Brothers Big Sister in Manawatu if you can assist
Congratulations to Just Zilch - Food Rescue and Free Store for being one of United Way's 2018 Grant Award Recipients
Just Zilch is a free store that receives surplus goods from various suppliers and makes them available to those who determine themselves to be in need.
Just Zilch works alongside other organisations in Palmerston North to ensure that surplus food is being accessed and redistributed appropriately.
Just Zilch fills a gap in the community where surplus goods are not already being used productively.
When Just Zilch have surplus food they are able to pass it on to other community based organisations.
United Way would like to congratulate the following charities for receiving our 2018 Grant Awards. We would like to thank Mayor Grant Smith for being part of the celebration and all of the charities listed below for the passionate and heart felt work you do in our communities.
|Big Brothers Big Sisters Palmerston North|
|English Language Partners NZ Palmerston North|
|Horowhenua SuperGrans Incorporated|
|Housing Advice Centre (Palmerston North) Inc.|
|Literacy Feilding Inc.|
|Manawatu Multicultural Council Inc.|
|Manawatu Rural Support Service Inc|
|Palmerston North City Neighbourhood Support|
|Parentline Manawatu Inc.|
|Volunteer Resource Centre Manawatu & Districts|
|Youthline Palmerston North (Central North Island)|
|Fielding Community Patrol (Inc)|
|Manawatu Toy Library Association Inc|
|SPELADD NZ INC|
|The Free Store Charitable Trust - Just Zilch|
|English Language Partners Whanganui|
|Victim Support Whanganui|