Combine approximately 1.25 tonnes of fresh fruit and vegetables, 300+ loaves of bread, 500kgs of fresh meat, 200+ litres of milk, and more than 1 tonne of grocery and other food items per week with the energy of 20+ volunteers and staff and you have the ingredients for community care programs of Tivoli Drive In.
For nearly 35 years, since 1986, Harvest Rain Christian Care, the community care arm of Tivoli Drive In, has been actively working to provide low income and socially disadvantaged people in our community with food and emergency relief welfare assistance.
Queensland Community Organisation of the Year in the NAB National Community Volunteers awards in 2003; we were also the winners of the Ipswich Regional Chamber of Commerce Community Organisation Business of the Year awards in 2010 – 11 and 2018 – 19; and a finalist in that category in both 2011 – 12 and 2012 – 13.
Today our community programs (which all operate from our property at Tivoli Drive In) and which assist approximately 60,000 people from across the Ipswich region each year include:
IPSWICH HEALTHY HAMPERS COOP
Ipswich Healthy Hampers Coop is a food coop available to anyone in the community wanting to stretch their dollars and save money on food and groceries. For just $10 per year membership per family or household you can SAVE $$$ every week on your food essentials – filling a hamper basket from the wide range of grocery items available to suit your family’s needs. Spend just $10 on a hamper and you can also add FREE fresh fruit and vegetables; FREE Bread and Bakery Items; FREE milk and a range of other FREE products – potentially creating a hamper valued in excess of $50 or $60 for around $20!!! Stock levels vary from week to week depending on season and supply.
The Coop is open on Tuesdays 10.00am to 2.00pm; Wednesdays 10.00am to 2.00pm and Thursdays 10.00am to 6.00pm.
Cash and EFTPOS (Visa and Mastercard) accepted. Please bring your own bags.
You can find us with a smile and ready for a chat in the Community Centre building at Tivoli Miracle Centre / Tivoli Drive In, 50 Coal Road, Chuwar QLD 4306.
FROZEN MEALS PROJECT
These meals are distributed to hundreds of families across Ipswich through a network of community groups and charities and are also available to families at a nominal cost through our Ipswich Healthy Hampers Coop.
SKILLING QUEENSLANDERS FOR WORK
WORK TRAINEESHIP PROJECTS
SQW Trainee Participants in Construction have assisted in renovating or constructing a number of community assets at Tivoli Drive In – including the Tivoli Community Café; the Tivoli Community Centre Food Coop and Skills Training Centre and the new Tivoli Community Outdoor Events stage and our Business Trainees have planned and successfully staged a wide range of community events – including our annual Christmas Festival; innovative school holiday programs and successful Corporate / Community Fundraiser events which have benefitted a range of community groups and charities in the Ipswich region. In addition to preparing over 2500 precooked frozen meals per week for distribution to families across Ipswich, our Hospitality Trainees have also gained great skills in catering for a variety of community events at Tivoli Drive In.
All trainees are employed full time for 20 weeks during which they also receive formal certified training through our preferred RTO Axiom College, and ongoing support and mentoring to assist them transition into their chosen career.