Connect9 Receives $500 ‘Community Cornerstone’ Grant

Tomorrow Today is the grateful beneficiary of $500 in funding through AusNet Services ‘Community Cornerstone’ employee recognition program. AusNet Services employee, Lee Walter, received the Community Cornerstone grant to present to Connect9 in recognition of her commitment to volunteering at least 20 hours of her personal time to a not-for-profit-organisation.

Lee has been a volunteer mentor in Tomorrow Today’s Connect9 program for a number of years. Connect9 is a 10-week student wellbeing program that is unique to Benalla. Developed by Tomorrow Today, the program connects local Year 9 students with adult mentors to assist them to set life and career goals as well as discover new sports, hobbies and expand their local connections.

Lee, along with Ausnet’s People Operations Manager, Patricia Seigers-Grant, was delighted to present the grant to Tomorrow Today’s Program Manager Sally Matheson and Student Wellbeing Coordinator, Cathy Hair. “The grant will enable mentors to show and educate our young people about what’s available to them in Benalla,” Cathy said.

Recently retired AusNet Services’ employee Noel Baumgarten is another Benalla resident who has been a volunteer mentor for Connect9.

“Connect9 depends on volunteers such as Lee and Noel to support Benalla’s young people to make informed decisions about setting life and career goals”, said Cathy. “The experience is extremely rewarding for both mentee and mentor alike.”

To find out more about becoming a Connect9 mentor, contact Cathy Hair at Tomorrow Today on 5762 1211.