Dandenong donation for disability enterprise

thumb-taking-careDandenong’s Gateway Industries is receiving a $4000 boost thanks to a State Trustees workplace giving program.

Gateway Industries operates as a disability business enterprise with support from the Rotary Club of Dandenong. Gateway Industries provides employment, training and support for people with disabilities including processing and packaging, woodwork, gardening, maintenance and litter pick up.

State Trustees Chief Executive Officer Craig Dent said, through fortnightly payroll contributions, the Wholehearted Giving Program enables staff to combine their workplace giving efforts to provide a direct benefit and positive impact.

“In 2010 State Trustees established its wholehearted Giving Program in Dandenong, where staff nominate local organisation to support – most recently supporting Mind Australia” Mr Dent said.

“State Trustees Dandenong staff have now elected to donate a one-off amount of $4000 to Gateway Industries, which has provided employment and financial support to people with a disability for more than 30 years.

“Gateway Industries is a great support model that empowers people to be more independent and connected to the community – a great fit for State Trustees.”

Gateway Industries CEO Alan Warwick said the generosity of State Trustees staff would have a big impact on the business and the opportunities that can be provided for employees

“In this case, the funds will help replace ageing chairs in the processing area to assist workers to be more comfortable in undertaking their various tasks,” Mr Warwick said.

“Gateway Industries receives support from many local organisations and it is pleasing to have State Trustees on board this year.”

About State Trustees Wholehearted Giving Program

The State Trustees Wholehearted Giving program is funded through fortnightly payroll deductions. More than 75 per cent of employees contribute to the workplace giving program.

In the Dandenong area, the State Trustees Wholehearted Giving Program has previously supported Mind Australia (formerly ARAFEMI). New organisations are selected every two years with $12,000 being provided across Bendigo, Dandenong and Footscray areas this year.

State Trustees provides financial administration support on behalf of nearly 10,000 Victorians with a disability and operates many Trusts for people with a disability.

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