Hills Community Aid has been serving the community for 50 years thanks to the dream of a young mother-of-five from Baulkham Hills called Mary Lane.
Worried about the social isolation of people living in the Hills, she started lobbying for a community service in 1967 and formed a volunteer committee.
By 1969 Baulkham Hills Council, as it was then called, had employed a social worker with a background in community development and also provided an office and phone to start the Neighbour Aid Services with the help of about 60 volunteers
Volunteers are still at the heart of Hills Community Aid which celebrates 50 years of service to the Hills community on Monday, September 30, with a big Family Fun Day at the Balcombe Heights Estate.
It has grown considerably since the early days when it offered emergency housekeeping, child minding, shopping and transport services.
Today, it still aims to break down the barriers of isolation and runs a diverse range of service including playgroups, a homework club, financial inclusion programs, transport services, the Hills Daily Grind mobile coffee van and the award-winning Learning in the Hills program.
Mici Beer Executive Officer and Programs Director said: “Our biggest milestone in 50 years of service, is that we have remained relevant to our community’s needs.
“The core of Hills Community Aid is our ability to continually innovate our programs and services to support and strengthen our community, and it’s this ability and the passion of our workers and volunteers that will see us continue our involvement for another 50 years.”
You can join the party on Monday, September 30. The AGM at 9am will be followed by a free Family Fun day at the Balcombe Heights Estate from 10am to 2pm as part of The Hills Shire Orange Blossom Festival.
There will be arts and crafts, Sydney Thunder Cricket, face painting, henna tattoos, a jumping castle, face painting and treasure hunt.
A DJ will be playing music and there will be large board games plus sideshows, food stall, The Hills Daily Grind Coffee van and information stands by local services.
The SES and RFS will also have their trucks there.
For more information visit www.orangeblossomfestival.com.au.