It is the incredible generosity of the community that assists MannaCare to continue to provide excellent facilities and services for everyone.
See how you can support MannaCare in our commitment to provide these essential benefits well into the future.
MannaCare welcomes the involvement of volunteers across our services. It not only helps to enhance care for residents and clients, but also provides a wonderful link to the community.
Indeed, MannaCare only came into being through the efforts of volunteers.
Volunteers run the Cafe at Cassia House and the coffee shop at the Lodge; they fundraise to help buy new equipment for our residents and clients.
They spend time with our residents, talking to them, making time to get to know them. They also help in our Lifestyle and Leisure departments at Cassia House and the Lodge, the Cassia House Day Respite Programme, Doncaster Rehabilitation Services and in Grevillea House’s Planned Activities Group. They also help in areas such as administration and finance.
Some of our volunteers speak another language; we then try to place them with a resident who speaks that same language. In this way the resident can enjoy listening to and speaking, familiar words and phrases and be comforted by the memories of growing up in the country of their birth. This helps reduce loneliness and isolation.
How and when?
There are many, many ways to volunteer. You can do it regularly, or just when you can.
We appreciate it all! Volunteers add real value to how we care for our residents and clients.
Our volunteers are asked to help on weekdays only, anywhere between 10am–6pm. How many hours you volunteer and when you so, is completely up to you. We don’t generally have volunteering opportunities on the weekends.
If you’re interested in something that makes a real difference in our community, then please contact Tanya Warms on 9856 1260 or send us an enquiry.
Friends of MannaCare
The ‘Friends’ is a group of relatives or past relatives of MannaCare residents who provide support to new families. They make them feel more welcome within residential services and a part of our caring community.
When a loved one moves into care, the feelings their family goes through can often be overlooked. Yet it’s perfectly normal for them to feel a whole array of emotions.
The Friends of MannaCare group arrange social functions and guest speakers.
We’ve also found that some members of the Friends Group become volunteers, or raise funds (or both!), directly benefiting our residents and clients.
For more information on the Friends Group, contact us directly or via the email.
‘Friends of MannaCare’ monthly Sunday Afternoon Music Program (the last Sunday of each month) is held in Cassia House Plaza commencing at 2pm.
Many families of relatives have been visiting on the Sunday afternoons to enjoy a picnic afternoon tea with their relatives.
Donations are very important to MannaCare. Being not-for-profit means we use any donated funds wisely to provide the best possible care and equipment for our residents and the clients we serve.
We’re very grateful for all donations — for example $20 buys a DVD of a glorious old movie that our residents and clients may remember with joy.
Sometimes people donate larger amounts, which allow us to buy specialised equipment such as chairs or beds and so on.
Every donation over $2 made to MannaCare is tax deductible.
For more information please contact us.
Memorial giving is a wonderful way to remember a loved one — and help MannaCare continue our mission of assisting Manningham’s older residents to live meaningful lives.
We often hear that people really appreciate having the opportunity to honour the memory of their deceased family or friends by donating in their names.
We also send a letter to the family (or next of kin) naming everyone who contributed — but without the dollar amount (that’s private to them).
Also, everyone who contributes via memorial giving is sent a thankyou letter and receipt, which they can use for tax purposes.
For more information about memorial giving and to obtain envelopes, please contact us.
After you have provided for loved ones, you may like to consider leaving a gift in your will to MannaCare. It is a thoughtful way of sharing assets — money, property or valuables — that you may need and use now, but can give to others when you no longer need them.
What are the advantages?
A bequest lets us use the funds in the services that need them the most.
People who make bequests to MannaCare often tell us they enjoy knowing they’ll make a positive difference to the lives of older people in our community — well beyond their own lifetime.
How can I do that?
There are different ways to make a bequest in your will. You can leave:
- a percentage of your estate,
- the residue,
- a specific amount, or
- even specific items.
If you do intend making MannaCare one of your beneficiaries or you’ve already done so, then please let us know. That gives us the opportunity to acknowledge and recognise your generosity. However, we treat all information you give us in the strictest confidence and will respect your wishes in this regard
Please remember MannaCare in your will — it’s a very practical way of helping others long after you’re gone.
For more information about leaving a gift in your will, please contact the Chief Executive Officer on 03 9856 1287.