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The Ballarat Foundation had a wonderful day at Springfest with absolutely perfect weather by the Lake. We were highlighting two of our own programs, Volunteering Ballarat and Ballarat Reads. Many people stopped by to find out more about volunteering opportunities in Ballarat and we had plenty of kids and parents play the literacy games and read some books in the reading corner. More information about Ballarat Reads and Volunteering Ballarat can be found below.

The Ballarat Foundation’s Ballarat Reads Program, in partnership with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, seeks to provide all children with the opportunity to read from a young age. Participation in reading, especially throughout the first 5 years of a child’s life, is recognised as a fundamental aspect of a child’s development. It’s Ballarat Reads aim to give children from birth to age 5 access to high-quality, age appropriate books that aids their cognitive and literacy development.

Every month, the program delivers a book to the homes of children located throughout the Ballarat region, enabling families to build a home library.  In addition to this the program aims to make reading an engaging and fun activity for children.

Volunteering Ballarat is a program of the Ballarat Foundation which embodies the integral vision of the Foundation which is to “connect those with the means to help, to those in our community with the greatest need”. Volunteering Ballarat offers a diverse range of organisations which are supported by passionate, local volunteers who help to sustain community events, fundraisers and activities. The program aids the process of volunteer recruitment finding suitable volunteer opportunities for avid volunteers.