Box Hill Institute works with many community and industry organisations in order to help students, employees, businesses, and other community members. Actively involved in many community issues and causes, we focus on providing access and equity for all.
Here are some examples of where our students, staff and clients have been involved in local and overseas programs that are helping people improve their lives.
- KOTO International – helping disadvantaged Vietnamese youth
- Community Lunch Program – providing meals for local residents in need
- Work Placement Programs – developing students’ skills while helping those in need
- Community Initiatives – working with local groups and businesses to help those in need
- Staff-based initiatives – how our staff demonstrate their community spirit
- Whitehorse Business Group – helping the local business community
- Sponsorships – our sponsorship of community and charity organisations
Know One, Teach One (KOTO) is a not-for-profit hospitality training organisation that trains disadvantaged Vietnamese youths in Hanoi to improve their employment prospects. A not-for-profit social enterprise that is an extended campus of Box Hill Institute, KOTO has trained approximately 400 young people in the past 10 years.
Each year, two KOTO students are awarded a full-fee scholarship to Box Hill Institute, to further develop their skills and experience life in Australia.
We host a number of fundraising activities to support KOTO students, including the KOTO Cook-Off Fundraiser and the Vietnamese Coffee Experience Fundraiser.
COMMUNITY LUNCH PROGRAM
Box Hill Institute and Harrison Community Services work together to deliver the Community Lunch Program that provides meals for community members in need. Our hospitality and tourism students prepare the meals, and our VCAL students help to set up, serve, and clean up afterwards.
This program not only helps members of our local community, it also helps our students learn valuable life skills.
WORK PLACEMENT PROGRAMS
Our work placement programs deliver tangible benefit to the community and help our students learn skills while working with and in the community. For example:
Helping children …
- In the Peer Assisted Leadership (PAL) program, VCAL students spent four weeks working with school groups in Old Orchard Primary School.
- Students participated in a multi-organisation playground project at Box Hill South Neighbourhood House, building a cubby house for the Neighbourhood House, and other garden furniture and cubby houses that were donated to local schools.
Helping the aged …
- Over four weeks, students provided hand massages, manicures and ‘sensory journeys’ for residents at AVEO, a residential aged-care facility in Burwood.
Helping the ill and disabled…
- Students provided stress-relieving treatments for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment at Epworth Eastern hospital.
- Students worked at the Alkira Centre to improve the mobility of Alkira’s disabled clients, and devised activities to help them achieve their personal fitness goals. As a result, a group of Alkira clients formed their own walking group.
- Students worked with Eastern Recreation and Leisure Services Inc (ERLS), a not-for-profit, community-based organization that supports community sport and recreation providers to provide more opportunities for people with a disability to participate in community sport and recreation.
Helping the environment…
- Students built and installed a solar-powered fountain at the Ceres Community Project, a not-for-profit, environment and education centre and urban farm in East Brunswick.
- Personal computers no longer needed at BHI were reconditioned and donated to community and not-for-profit organisations.
Box Hill Institute participated in a number of community related initiatives in 2011, these included:
- Partnering with the Box Hill RSL Bowls Club, VCAL students promoted sportsmanship skills and interacted with volunteers from all walks of life. Box Hill RSL Bowls Club organised a special presentation to acknowledge the success of this partnership.
- Supporting hair and beauty and information technology awareness and education programs with local retirement group, AVEO, which manages retirement villages locally and Australia wide.
- We helped six children with cerebral palsy to attend a Masterclass in baking with chef John Hughes in our Bakers Delight Centre of Excellence.
- We hosted a celebrity chef dinner to raise funds for the Global Education Program, a program that helps financially disadvantaged students participate in global experiences.
Our staff enthusiastically participate in many activities to help organisations that support those in need. For example, we have:
- collected shoes for African villages.
- provided blankets for the homeless
- donated furniture and clothing for flood victims
- donated money and food to Eastern Relief.
- participated in the Relay For Life and Oxfam walks.
WHITEHORSE BUSINESS GROUP
BHI sponsors the Whitehorse Business Group to support and maintain a close connection with local business
The Whitehorse Business Group represents the interests of the business community in and around Box Hill, and aims to help develop business initiatives in the City of Whitehorse.
By sponsoring many community and charity organisations, we help them raise funds for their important work with young people, families, and those in need. These include:
- MND Big Freeze at the ‘G
- Box Hill Hawks
- Bulleen Boomers
- Melbourne Tigers
- Rotary Club District 9810
- Special Olympics