Jemena helps energise community groups

Three senior ladies laughing together outside (Jemena community)
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A literacy initiative for Indigenous children, solar panels for Marine Rescue NSW’s Central Coast Unit, ‘laughter therapy’ for aged care residents, and a program to help provide more than 30,000 pieces of fresh fruit to kids across NSW are among the 21 worthy projects that will receive Jemena Community Grants.

Jemena will provide about $170,000 to community organisations in north-west Melbourne, where it is the electricity distributor, and in NSW, in areas where it owns and operates the natural gas network. 

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Jemena corporate affairs manager Ian Israelsohn said the company was pleased to deliver its largest-ever grants program to a wide range of incredible initiatives.

“What’s important to our customers and their communities is important to us—we know people are continuing to navigate the impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic, and mounting cost-of-living pressures,” Israelsohn said.

“The last few years have made it really tough for a lot of community programs to continue, and many people are seeking help to ensure others in their communities can stay socially connected, have access to the essentials they need, and have meaningful activities or opportunities to look forward to.

“Through our 2022 grants program, we are delighted to put our support behind some incredible initiatives—from school reconciliation projects to care programs for the elderly, pop up health clinics, free haircuts for people experiencing homelessness, and training and work opportunities for those who may otherwise miss out. 

“We’re very proud this is not only our largest investment in community grants, but also the largest number of programs we’ve been able to fund through Jemena Community Grants.”

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Since the program’s launch in 2019, Jemena has proudly awarded over $500,000 in local grants to 51 groups, supporting critical emergency relief, mental and physical health, education and other benefits for thousands of Australians.

Jemena also provides support to community members who may need additional help navigating the energy sector and taking control of their energy bills through its Uniting Energy Assist program. This program has helped participants save around $650 on their energy bills on average.

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