Indigenous Community Volunteers (ICV) ran a stand at Melbourne’s Sustainable Living Festival – sounded interesting so I checked out what they do and how how they operate.
ICV is a NonProfit that has been operating since 2001. The organisation responds to requests from Indigenous communities and ‘matches skills’, flying volunteers to remote communities to work on projects that can lead to employment, self employment and community development. Volunteering with ICV is about sharing skills and knowledge and learning together. It is funded by the Federal Government and several private corporations – such as the Myer Foundation, Rio Tinto and Shell.
Long serving ICV Co-Chair, and driving force behind the organisation’s expansion and improved services, Joseph Elu, received an Order Of Australia on Australia Day ’08.