In November 2019, with the bushfires going out of control across Australia, we identified the need of adding willing hands to the BlazeAid, an organization focused on helping communities rebuild after natural disasters.
Start and End date: 26.11.2019 - 01.05.2020
1) To ensure the affected communities, specially the ones far away from the big population centers such as Sydney, were receiving enough help;
2) To create and maintain effective partnerships with existing grass-roots organizations;
3) To empower migrants in making the difference on the broad Australian Community by facilitating and organizing our actions to BlazeAid camps from up in the Mid Coast in NSW to down with the boarder with ACT in Adelong.
4) To keep the spirits up and build sense of community during these difficult times;
Allocation of resources: In our case, the resources was our volunteer's time. We would have to manage correctly, create rosters weekly, to make sure everyone were allocated to the right car-pools and tents and that everyone was having the support they needed.
By the end of the project we managed to:
1) Involve 260 volunteers;
2) We organized 20 missions across regional NSW;
3) We successfully created and built relationships with BlazeAid;
4) Organized, collected and delivered 2 trucks of donation goods and clothes to the affected families
"That was certainly the case on the weekend when more than 100 volunteers signed up with BlazeAid at Wingham Showground to help fire affected farmers.
A large percentage of the volunteers were from a Brazilian community in Sydney, many with a trade background.
Split into small teams, the 104 volunteers were dispatched to help repair fences on 26 different properties across the region including at Bobin, Killabakh, Hillville and Johns River.
Their efforts have put the BlazeAid work at least two months ahead."