Community assistance volunteers
Two years ago Sue and Jeremy Scrivens were overwhelmed by the number of families in Kilmore and Wallan ‘doing it tough’. They felt powerless to help. That is, until Jeremy had an idea. He set up a group on Facebook called ‘Love in Action,’ to facilitate the exchange and donation of non-perishable food and general household items.
Barbara Radford, a senior volunteer at Love in Action, says that the group resonated with the community and took off. “There are over 2,500 people in our Facebook community,” Barbara says. “The people of Wallan, Broadford and Kilmore have big hearts. Love in Action is a community, taking care of their own.”
Barbara says the group is not a registered charity and doesn’t take financial donations. “We are the link between people in the community wanting to help, and the families that desperately need it,” she says.
Love in Action’s focus is on providing food and toiletries, particularly for families who are experiencing crisis.
Love in Action has helped around 170 families
“Some of the people we help are homeless or close to,” Barbara says. “Others may be struggling financially, even escaping domestic violence.”
Over the past two years, Love in Action has helped around 170 families in Wallan, Broadford and Kilmore. Barbara says the service is confidential and that people can reach out privately for help.
“Requests can be wide and varied,” Barbara says. “While the bulk of our assistance is food and household goods, someone donated a car earlier this year. These kinds of gifts are rare. But they are life-changing.”