Responding to local needs

From delivering meals to vulnerable communities, assistance to address domestic abuse or donating funds to vital community services, we are committed to listening to local needs to better shape our response and support our communities ability to navigate these challenging and stressful times. 

Our COVID-19 corporate funding initiative has worked to empower our sites and offices around the world to respond quickly and meaningfully to help their local communities. Our on-ground teams consulted directly with local and grassroots community organisations to understand their concerns during this pandemic and ensure the support we provide is targeted and effective. 

Donating funds

Responding to local needs Carseland

Our team in Carseland has donated $5,000 to the Carseland School and $5,000 to the Wheatland Family and Community Support Services (WFCSS). 

This donation allows the Carseland School provide school wide licenses for educational training programs as they support their students with distance learning. The remainder of the funds will help to support the 2020/21 school year breakfast program which helps to ensure that the children can start their day with a healthy and nutritious breakfast.

Orica’s donation will help WFCSS purchase additional personal protective equipment (PPE) required for them to safely provide their services, while adequately protecting their personnel and volunteers.

Orica Kooragang Island (NSW)

At the onset of the pandemic, our team at Kooragang Island identified several groups that were doing some amazing work to help the community stay connected and providing support to those most vulnerable. 

Learn more about how these funds helped each of these groups support their communities during COVID-19. You also read more about Community Investment and Sponsorship at Kooragang Island here.

As the COVID-19 pandemic hit, SOUL cafe jumped into action to support and protect some of the most vulnerable members of the community.  

Curious Legends Project

See how the team at Curious Legends helped local kids and families keep up their arts practice virtually during COVID-19.

Nova for Women and Children
Learn how the team at NOVA used their grant to support women and children access food, transport cards and mobile cards to keep them safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Delivering supplies

With key supplies becoming thin on the ground in many parts of the world we operate in, our teams have worked hard to support their local communities; sourcing and providing essential food, medical and technical supplies to those who need it most during this time. 

Bontang (Indonesia): Our team in Bontang – wanting to ensure all members of the community had access to food and essential items – donated over 700 food packages to the local government who in turn, delivered these directly to vulnerable communities across the city. 

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Limay (Philippines): In Limay, our teams have provided essential resources to local police and firefighters, in addition to the local hospital and school who’ve both been hit hard by the pandemic.

As part of the teams on-going commitment to their community, 400 care packages with groceries were also donated to families surrounding the Orica Limay site to assist them in the face of a growing food shortage following the town’s lockdown. 

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Congata (Peru): Across Peru, our teams are providing ongoing support to education providers and healthcare services surrounding our Peruvian operations.

From providing tablets to local students so they can continue learning remotely, to supplying PPE and medical equipment to local hospitals, our teams are making sure their efforts are contributing to building safe, resilient communities during COVID-19 and beyond.  

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Russia and Kazakhstan: In Russia and Kazakhstan, like many other countries across the world, PPE and medical supplies are in short supply. Our teams in Udokan, Kirovsk and Ekibastuz have donated masks, gloves, electrical appliances and other much needed supplies to local hospitals close to our operations.

These supplies will help over 1,000 doctors and first responders continue the crucial work they’re doing to keep communities safe and help those who need it most during these times. 

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