‘Hand Up for a Home’ $180,000 Crowdfunding Campaign

August 19, 2016 by Jenna Chaitowitz
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Jewish Care Victoria launched its digital crowdfunding campaign, ‘Hand Up for a Home’  to raise funds for the refurbishment of Jewish Care’s social housing in Fulton Street, East St Kilda.

Hand-Up-for-a-Home-4The campaign is running through the online crowdfunding platform, Chuffed.org from 18 August until 7 September, aiming to raise $180,000 for those at risk of homelessness. Donations will then be matched dollar for dollar by the generosity of the Pratt Foundation.

Hand Up for a Home was launched at a social event at Bright Space Gallery,
St Kilda. The event’s MC and campaign ambassador, Gary Peer Director Phillip Kingston invited the 160 guests to check their mobile phones at 8pm, when they received a text message about the crowdfunding campaign. An emotive video about the need for housing in our local Melbourne Jewish community was also shown.

“I am a true advocate for the Hand Up for a Home campaign, as it is vital that we support those sleeping rough in our local community. Over 220 Jewish people in Victoria are presumed homeless and 130 are presumed at risk of homelessness. Therefore, I urge us all to get involved in the campaign – whether you share it with your networks or make a donation, all it takes is a few clicks to make a huge difference,“ Mr Kingston said.

Jewish Care CEO Bill Appleby said: “At Jewish Care, we believe it is a basic human right for every individual to have a safe and secure place to call home.”

“The need for social and affordable housing in the Jewish community continues to increase each year and we often cannot meet the demand. We call on the community to band together and join the ‘crowd’, in order to provide better housing and support for individuals and families in need.”

Jewish Care housed 165 adults and 36 children last year.

For more information on Jewish Care’s Hand Up for a Home crowdfunding campaign or to donate, visit: chuffed.org/project/home

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