WHAT WE DO
Bayside Community Emergency Relief is achieving more with our initiatives than ever before.
We work on many exciting initiatives to help improve the lives of others, and are very proud of the progress we continue to make. Learn more about what we do, whom we help, and how we work every day to promote positive change.
We are currently part of the following local councils' community groups and emergency committees:
Local Council Committees
Bayside City Council
Bayside: Local Support Network
City of Glen Eira
Community Group Committee
Who We are
Founded by Deb Brook in 2020, BCER is a grassroots charity that was formed after the mammoth, coordinated contributions the community-made during the January 2020 bushfires through our initial community group on social media. We are 100% volunteer-run & community-driven, we mobilise the community in times of emergency. People often want to help in an emergency but are not sure how to. Our model ensures that people can contribute the correct items & get them to their destination in the fastest possible manner & to help the highest amount possible of those in need. Together we have helped thousands of people as well as wildlife.
As a registered charity we are fully transparent & accountable. We follow strict charity regulations and there is a vast amount of work that goes on away from social media.
Our team comprises of a board, committee and a healthy, constantly growing volunteer army.
Our secretary ensures we follow governance procedures and handles annual reporting to official government regulators. Our Treasurer manages our accounting software so our financials are ready for auditing. We focus more on requesting donations of specific goods but due to the volume of aid, we need to supply we also require funds to purchase items that aren’t donated. ALL monetary donations are made via approved charity donation platforms and all monetary donations are TAX-DEDUCTIBLE. In the case of our grants won we also complete acquittal forms outlining where every cent has been spent.
Our robust volunteer database and volunteer army help sort & attend packing sessions. We maintain full transparency. Counting of items is done by several people & photographically documented & posted online. Where we also post proof of delivery to the many organisations we support.
We are fortunate to not only have the backing of our amazing community but also numerous businesses and government authorities. We have this much-appreciated support as our model works time & time again with well over $1 million in urgently needed aid including thousands of comfort packs delivered since conception.
Our virtual doors are always open & we encourage people to join in where they would like to help. We encourage everyone to share our main Facebook group where the bulk of the action takes place . The more members we have the more our community can help.