CSR at TOGA
Our Social Responsibility
At TOGA, our strong sense of social responsibility is entwined in the fabric of the business and our people. The heart of our organisation is reflected in the priorities that we passionately stand behind and our commitment to contributing to a better world. We partner with key social enterprises such as OzHarvest, My Foundation Youth Housing, Thread Together, Orange Sky and Phoenix House to support the communities in which we operate in a dynamic, positive and inclusive way.
Here is what some of our partners and those involved have had to say:
"One of the reasons it was so important for us to partner with TOGA is because of their generosity and integrity in the way that they work. Anything that I have needed, they have met with open arms. "
- Alice Kirwan, OzHarvest Food Market
"(The Addison) has changed my life. I enjoy punching out a good day’s work and coming home to a warm bed at night. I’ve got a future…. look at me, I am soaring high. "
- Resident at the Addison
The Addison Project
One such Corporate Social Responsibility initiative is The Addison Project, Australia’s first pop-up youth shelter. Putting a roof over the heads of many vulnerable young Australians, using temporarily vacant spaces. We empower our team to share this strong moral conscience and to volunteer to strengthen our communities wherever they can.
The Addison Project is Australia’s first pop-up youth shelter provided on property that is vacant during the planning and development cycle. This project has been made possible by the temporary donation of the former Addison hotel by TOGA and our partner Qualitas; joint owners of the building.
In doing so, TOGA has made 42 fully-furnished rooms - each with a double bed, bathroom, kitchenette with fridge and microwave –available to young people at-risk of sleeping rough. The project targets young people doing it tough who are between 16 and 24 years’ of age.
The project was announced by Allan Vidor, the Managing Director of the TOGA Group of Companies and the Hon. Pru Goward, Minister for Family and Community Services (FACS) in 2017 and was conceived as a direct response to the youth homelessness crisis in NSW.
The OzHarvest Market is Australia’s first ever rescued food supermarket, stocked with produce that has either been donated or would otherwise go to waste, but is perfectly edible.
Orange Sky Laundry
Based at The Addison once a week, Orange Sky offers a free laundry service to the residents within the building. Orange Sky Laundry is the world's first free mobile laundry service for the homeless.
The Addison is operated by nationally registered community housing provider My Foundations Youth Housing (MFYH) who specialise in providing and increasing community housing options for youth.