Community organisations in the Hunter electorate will share in almost $130,000 through the Australian Government’s 2013 Volunteer Grants program.

Federal Member for Hunter, Joel Fitzgibbon, said 44 organisations across Hunter have been successful under the program and that the grants, which range between $1000 and $5000, will help volunteers meet the rising costs of running a not-for-profit organisation.

“The Rudd Labor Government recognises the invaluable contribution volunteers make to Australian society,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.

“They are the life-blood of our communities, but the increasing financial strains they are under makes it difficult for them to deliver the important services they provide to our community every day.

“These grants will help community organisations to purchase much-needed equipment or as a contribution towards training courses, background checks and transport costs of volunteers with disability who are unable to drive.

“This is just one way the Rudd Labor Government can say thank you for the selfless work and commitment of Hunter’s volunteers.”

Through these grants, volunteers will be better equipped to assist those who are marginalised, disadvantaged or facing hardship remain connected to their community.

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