The Community Program encompasses three core pillars:
The Viridian Foundation is our own private ancillary fund and the core of our Community Program. With the Viridian Foundation we can go further than our everyday and focus on creating a lasting impact in the world around us for those that need it the most. The Foundation gives back and financially supports community initiatives by gift matching staff donations.
Viridian encourages staff to nominate social causes that have personal meaning. By focusing on issues that are close to home our staff create moments that matter in the community. Currently our staff have nominated homelessness, mental illness and financial literacy as areas of focus. Tackling these issues through charitable programs, as well as leveraging our own specialist knowledge, enables us to maximise our impact.
Viridian is a big believer that doing good leads to feeling good. All staff are given a day each year to volunteer or mentor in programs. This boosts wellbeing and helps us do more for the community around us.
Case Study: The Big Umbrella
Since December 2018, the Viridian Community Program has worked to address homelessness and social exclusion through The Big Umbrella. Viridian’s contribution to the Big Umbrella includes:
- Volunteering – over three nights in December, 90 staff fed and shared a meal our ‘friends of the street.’ Staff also give their time on an ongoing basis
- Donations – $8,000 inclusive of matching gifts
- Connected The Big Umbrella to Melbourne Docklands Studios for ongoing free parking for their new food truck
- Christmas Food packs: 30+ bags