Powering change in our communities

Published

June 8, 2018

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An innovative power saving challenge by power company Jemena has resulted in a generous donation to a Uniting program that helps people facing financial hardship access the right support.

In partnership with the Victorian Government, Jemena introduced an energy saving challenge called Power Changes which was trialed over the summer months. Power Changes is an innovative community program whereby local participants are supported with real time energy data, tips and advice to reduce their household electricity usage.

More than 600 people participated in the trial, and through this, Jemena donated $5000 to our CareRing Program. The Program provides cost-of-living provisions, family violence, employment services and housing support for those in need within the community.

“Unemployment is the main reason people seek our support,” shares Uniting Kildonan Executive Officer Joanna Leece. “These generous funds can be used to help address avoidable barriers for people finding and keeping employment – including provisions for clothing, training, transport, and child care. The support from key partners such as Jemena means we have the chance to make a real and long term difference for people in our community.”

Pictured above right is Jemena’s General Manager – Electricity Markets, Andrew Davis presenting Joanna with the $5000 cheque at the Darebin Parklands Park Care Day.
Photo credit: Tim Mullane of Sustainable Image.

Make sure to check out Wednesday’s edition of the Northcote Leader (page 10) for more details on the incredible amount raised from the community. And click here to find out more about the Power Changers Pilot.

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