Something special at Sacred Heart

There’s something special in the staff culture at Sacred Heart College in Geelong, the school that has taken workplace giving to heart. To date, seven teachers have become part of the regular workplace giving program to support McAuley Community Services to Women. Sacred Heart College is our strongest backer of the work of our organisation, which is a Ministry of the Sisters of Mercy. Sacred Heart College was also begun by the Sisters.

Natalie Stephenson has been teaching at Sacred Heart College for 13 years and currently teaches English, Humanities and Religious Education.

“I got involved in the workplace giving program when Jocelyn Bignold from McAuley Community Services for Women presented to the whole staff. We were given the opportunity to give through payroll deductions,” Natalie said.

Natalie decided to give $10 a fortnight, an amount that doesn’t make a lot of difference to her, but her annual contribution to McAuley Community Services for Women is significant and along with so many other contributors, means services can continue.

“What interests me about the service is that it isn’t a high profile organisation that receives large government or community donations. It’s a relatively small organisation working at the coalface with the most vulnerable in our community,” Natalie said.

“Also, as a service founded on Mercy values, I knew that Catherine McAuley’s legacy would be realised in the day to day work of the service and that my small contribution would play a part in that.”

Natalie not only contributes financially, she is also an advocate of the organisation. “I didn’t know anything at all about the service prior to Jocelyn’s visit and since then I have told my Mum about it and she donates also.”

Sacred Heart College remains at the forefront of workplace giving to McAuley Community Services for Women amongst Mercy Schools and the contribution by teachers is greatly valued.

“We are constantly looking at ways to provide improved and expanded services to women who are fleeing family violence and who are homeless. Our monthy figures, which we publish on our website, will give people a clear idea of the emerging issues we are grappling with such as women coming to our service who are in the final stages of pregnancy, women who have no permanent residency and therefore limited funding, and women who have come from an environment where drugs, such as ICE are used,” Jocelyn said.

“But we do not turn women away because they do not fit a funding model. We are a Mercy ministry and we will always try, not just to support women, but to go a step further.”

Find out how to become a donor through Workplace Giving.