We need your help!
An open letter to our community
Dear Phillip Island Community,
PICAL, your Phillip Island Community & Learning Centre needs your help!
As well as our traditional education services, PICAL has been stretched to the limit in supporting our community in a range of ways through a very challenging period.
We know the local community, including businesses are 'doing it tough' and, as many others have experienced, our PICAL funds are now under significant strain. We will make a loss this year of around $55,000, which has had to come from our limited reserves.
We are asking for your support, this will enable us to continue helping more than 60 people that visit PICAL every weekday and to keep delivering our support services. In the last two years we have;
Distributed 9,000 food hampers
Cooked 11,000 nutritious meals
Helped 7,000 Pantry users who aren't certain where their next meal will come from (sadly half of these people are children).
Helped 350 people in dire situations experiencing homelessness, fleeing family violence or other personal trauma.
Welcomed around 50 people who visit and enjoy our Community Garden each week.
Assisted over 120 people to find employment
Without our over 165+ incredible volunteers and those who already regularly donate to PICAL, providing these services would not be possible - A big THANK YOU to all of you, we truly appreciate your generosity and contributions.
To continue with this level of community services next year and beyond, including transferring operations to our new home at Warley Avenue Cowes and to our new Community Garden, WE NEED YOUR HELP!
We very much welcome your contributions. Thank you in advance and please stay safe.
Please note that PICAL does not deal in second-hand goods and does not have storage, so we cannot accept old furniture, equipment or household goods. What we really need are cash donations.
You can choose to direct your contribution to the Phil Dixon Emergency Food Relief Pantry, Community Garden or Women Connect.