Volunteers needed to get Carevan rolling

IT’S not quite ready to roll, but Griffith’s Carevan helped raise awareness for an important cause last week just the same.

With its overhaul almost complete, the Carevan, which will eventually provide meals for people who would otherwise go hungry, was stationed near Memorial Park on Thursday in a bid to draw attention to poverty and homelessness.

Griffith Carevan coordinator Sally Leach said it was also an opportunity to show people how they can make a difference by becoming a carevan volunteer.

“We thought while we were raising awareness of these two important issues we’d get the carevan out in the community to let them know what we are up to in terms of progress,” Ms Leach said.

“There are still some finishing touches to be added to the van but we are hoping to have it up and running soon.

“Stainless steel bench tops need to go in and a few other smaller things. 

“We are also still waiting to get a definite location from council.”

Initially the Griffith Carevan will operate one night per week at a designated area, with the hope to increase to two or three nights down the track.

Last Thursday during Anti-Poverty week passer-bys were given oranges donated by Foodbank NSW, care packs from the Angels for the Forgotten, given volunteer packs, shown street swags for homeless people and made aware that homelessness comes in different forms, such as couch surfers.

For more information about how you can become a Griffith Carevan volunteer call 6962 4144.

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