Connecting with our communities

About us

Making bigger things happen where we live and work

We are passionate about building meaningful connections with the local communities where we live and work. In addition to employing local people in our stores, we support national, state and local causes to support individuals and groups that need it the most, with a particular focus on helping educate disadvantaged students.

In FY19, together with our customers we raised $4.1 million to help support educational and environmental initiatives across the country.

A part of our local community

We operate in more than 167 local communities, from large regional towns, to suburban centres and CBD locations. We are committed to supporting our local communities, from the customers and businesses who shop with us to our local schools, sporting clubs, charities and community groups.

Our team members live and work in our communities and are the forefront of helping us drive our local projects. From sausage sizzle fundraisers to in-store activities, we aim to get behind and support our local community.

Australia Literacy and Numeracy Foundation (ALNF)
Wall of Hands Appeal

Every September, we raise our hands for our annual Wall of Hands Appeal to help the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation (ALNF) close the Indigenous literacy gap.

Together with the support and generosity of our customers, our 2020 Wall of Hands Appeal has raised over $950,000 for the ALNF. Officeworks contributed $105,855 towards the total, with 20¢ from every Studymate product sold during September being donated.

The funds raised will go towards providing Literacy Packs, new books to the communities who need it most and funding the Early Language and Literacy Program to help Indigenous students write their own bright futures.

Give a little, change a lot
Round up to Make a Difference

Together with the support of our generous customers, between June 15 and 5 July, we raised over $1m to support community organisations through our Round Up to Make Difference initiative.

Round Up to Make a Difference is an annual initiative that forms part of our commitment to helping make a positive difference in the communities where we live and work.

This year, due to the significant impact of COVID-19 we supported two areas: health and education.

See below for the list of community partners for this year's Round Up to Make a Difference.

Who do we provide support to locally?

Our store teams select the local charity or group they would like to support based on their connections within the community, and who needs it the most. Click below to see if your organisation meets these requirements.

 

 

Local support requirements

Groups we support

Causes / groups we do not support

Schools, childcare centres, kindergartens and other educational providers

Political groups, parties or related activities

Community activities or events

Alcohol, drug or gambling related activities

Libraries

For profit companies or organisations

Local not-for-profit organisations

Activities supporting offshore beneficiaries (e.g. Relief funds for overseas causes)

Cubs, Scouts and Guides

Individuals

Youth groups

Advertising

Amateur sporting clubs or associations

Professional sporting clubs

To find out how we can support your school, club or charity please contact your local store.

Helping make bigger things happen through national partnerships

We are proud supporters of education, and we believe that every student in Australia deserves access to a quality education. That’s why, through our national partnerships we’re raising valuable funds to support the children who need it most.

Our initiatives include:

Back to School Appeal

Research shows that one in six children in Australia grows up in poverty without access to the basics they need to thrive at school. Every year from December to February our Back to School Appeal supports children and helps to break that cycle of disadvantage. By making a donation in store or online, our customers help us raise vital funds to support The Smith Family’s Learning for Life Scholarships, which provide emotional, practical and financial support to help disadvantaged children and young people with their education.

Restoring Australia

Officeworks is commited to making a positive difference to the environment, native wildlife, landholders and communities over the long term. Restoring Australia delivers tree planting and land restoration projects and allows customers to make sustainable purchases simply by shopping at Officeworks. Launched in July 2017 in partnership with Greening Australia, the initiative sees Officeworks committing to planting two trees for every one used, based on the weight of paper-based products purchased by its customers.

If you have an enquiry about our national partnerships, email community@officeworks.com.au

Disaster Relief

Making meaningful connections and contributions to the communities where we live and work is something we’re committed to as a business. Like so many, we feel passionate about supporting the communities impacted by natural disasters.

Recently, our team and customers came together to support the students, schools and communities impacted by the devastating bushfires through workplace giving to the Red Cross Disaster Recovery Relief and Recovery, product donations to local organisations and customer donations through our national Bushfire Relief appeal in stores.

Funds raised went to our national partners to support communities affected by the fires. The ALNF works directly with communities in the Mid-North Coast NSW, Bowraville and Taree and have identified three preschools and one primary school impacted by the fires. In both areas, the fires came right up to the edge of town, fortunately sparing the schools. Over 300 children at these schools will receive a Literacy Pack with a selected ‘Book Bundle’ to take some pressure off parents. The funds will also support specific requests for technology or classroom equipment. The Smith Family have identified over 600 students on their Learning for Life Program in various communities impacted by the fires across the ACT, NSW, QLD, SA and VIC.

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