As a mutual organisation owned by our members (not by shareholders), any profits we generate are invested back into the business for the benefit of members, customers and the community. This means we are keen supporters of a range of initiatives, organisations and community groups in the areas our business operates.
Share the Dignity
Share the Dignity is an organisation working to end period poverty in Australia. They work to ease the burden of having a period for women living below the poverty line, by collecting sanitary products and bringing them to those in need.
Each March and August we display our Dignity Drive boxes in our stores where people can place donations. We’ve found the charity to be incredibly successful and love bringing this important issue to the forefront.
With One Voice Choir
In 2019 UFS was delighted to bring the With One Voice Choir to Ballarat. There is significant evidence that people singing together instils change in the brain, promotes general health and wellbeing benefits, and creates a sense of community strength and feeling of inclusion. In recent years there has been an increasing amount of evidence about the health benefits of singing, both from a physiological and mental health perspective. Choir Conductor Suzanne Hobson leads the choir each Wednesday evening from 6pm at the UFS Central Administration office at 206 Armstrong Street North, Ballarat. The choir is a great place to find your voice, find friends, de-stress, increase your well-being and confidence, learn new skills and connect to your community. There are no auditions and no singing experience is necessary – everyone is welcome. Unfortunately this program is currently unable to operate due to the Coronavirus pandemic. We hope to resume as soon as it is safe to do so.
UFS is a committed supporter of our community, providing considerable donations and sponsorship to local groups and community organisations each year. If you represent a not-for-profit community organisation, UFS may assist by providing a donation or sponsorship support. Click here for more details on approaching UFS for sponsorship or a donation.
Some of the groups we’ve been delighted to support through sponsorship
As well as directly supporting organisations through our sponsorship and donations program, we support many other charitable causes in our stores. We are happy to certify documents as a service to the community, and ask that in return a gold coin donation is made to the collection tins in our stores for various organisations, which includes:
Cancer Council, Lifeline, Support Australian Farmers Buy a Bale campaign, Royal Children’s Hospital, Bush Fund, Starlight Foundation, Apex Guide Dogs, Ballarat Soup Bus, World’s Greatest Shave, Ballarat Cancer Centre, Ovarian cancer research, Australian Himalayan Foundation, Diabetes Victoria, Maxigesic tokens for prostate cancer, Starlight, Leukemia Foundation and CFA.