Neighbourhood Marketplace Funding from Carinity

September 12, 2023

Aligning with similar core values and visions with Open Hands Community Care, Carinity is a leading not-for-profit, Christian based care organisation. The organization helps individuals and families reach their full potential and live enriched lives. Just like Open Hands, It’s an organisation with a bold vision: to create a more compassionate, equitable, and connected community. Through a wide range of projects and initiatives.

One of these initiatives are the Collaborative Community Projects. Carinity’s Collaborative Community Projects objective is to fund community outreach programs that relieve or mitigate disadvantage and promote connectivity for vulnerable people.

Open Hands is proud to announce funding from Collaborative Community Projects has been awarded in the aim to expand the Neighborhood marketplace. Through this partnership Open Hands will soon have a demountable building and proper shop setup with more space to offer food products to the community. Together, the two organisations are forging a path towards a brighter and more inclusive future for all.

The service of the marketplace will continue to help reduce the cost of household staples by providing access to discounted foods and groceries – up to 75% off retail price – as well as free food hampers.

“Our food relief services started back in April 2020 as a direct response to the pandemic. Times were tough then with our service catering to upwards of 100 families per week, but now, with the increase in the cost of living, this demand has skyrocketed. Our Neighbourhood Marketplace now caters to 3 to 4 times that number” says Managing Director Sherifaye Kargbo.

“Customers say to us, ‘thank you, we do not know how we would survive otherwise’. It puts a smile on our volunteers’ faces and gives us that push to keep going.”

Community members from all walks of like, as well as recently arrived refugees, migrants, individuals and families facing diverse crisis can access the service, including people from as far away as the Gold Coast.

Community-driven initiatives such as the Collaborative Community Projects stand as beacons of hope, reminding us of the power of collaboration and compassion. Carinity, an organization dedicated to making a positive impact on communities, is exemplifying this spirit through its unwavering support of Open Hands Community Care.

“We’re really grateful to Carinity for their help. It will have a wider impact on the lives of many people who are doing it tough,” said Mrs. Kargbo

Carinity’s partnership with Open Hands Community Care is a testament to its commitment to the community’s welfare.