The Brush with Kindness program mobilises teams of volunteers to conduct landscaping and minor repairs to the exterior of homes of people who may be disadvantaged, disabled or socially isolated.
The program helps preserve homeownership by partnering with disadvantaged homeowners struggling to restore and maintain a safe and decent place to live.
When basic expenses exceed income month after month, home maintenance is often the first casualty. Years of deferred maintenance can cause a downward spiral of home deterioration and unsafe living conditions.
After the devastation caused by natural disasters in recent years, Habitat for Humanity developed a Brush with Kindness program to help families in their recovery. These projects focus on revitalising communities and assisting with post-disaster responses such as the bushfires that devastated communities in South Australia, the Blue Mountains and Victoria.
Through our Australian Program, we have helped over 400 families through Brush with Kindness activities and engaged with more than 7,000 volunteers from both the community and corporate sector.
Corporate partners including QBE, Origin, Telstra, Arup and P&G have participated in Brush with Kindness activities and continuously report positive staff engagement.
“We had two teams working on the houses, one landscaping and the other painting – we managed to achieve quite a lot on the day and I know the team bonding and getting away from the normal day to day office work was a welcome diversion and really enjoyed by everyone” – Kerrie, Service Manager, QBE