Our Mission

MRCS is a not-for-profit organisation that works with families & individuals to build a united community in the Maitland local government area.

We foster positive relationships and acceptance to build a safer, stronger, vibrant and diverse local government area.

We deliver inclusive and culturally appropriate services that build capacity & strength.  

Our Impact

IN 2021, MRCS...

Donation Home-made meals

Cooked and gave away 5,000 nutritious home-made frozen meals

donation food parcels

Volunteers packed 4,288 food parcels with items donated by Oz Harvest

Supported playgrounds

We ran supported playgroups on-site for 59 families, with 310 adults and 379 children enjoying the fun

Cooking skilled community

45 people up-skilled themselves with parenting courses and cooking programs

Emergency donation

We provided emergency relief food and pharmacy packs to 459 people

Donation of Christmas hampers

317 Christmas hampers were delivered to local families in need

Who We Help

MRCS connects individuals and families with the people, resources and services they need to overcome the difficulties of life.

We work with people living in the Maitland LGA which includes Rutherford, Gillieston Heights, Aberglasslyn, Woodberry and every suburb in between.

We have a strong focus to help families, young people and people who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

What our community says about us

I would like to thank the staff for all their hard work in the Feeding Frenzy program. It helped me get more confident cooking tasty meals. And thanks to the donors and volunteers who provide food through Oz Harvest. These are difficult times and without this assistance, it’s hard to eat well. You are all kind and wonderful people!

- Angela

After my wife passed away, finding accommodation was difficult as I have minimal finances. The food support program has given me food, but also helped build friendships with people in my community. The MRCS staff are always thoughtful, often checking in to find out how we are coping. I really look forward to attending, always being treated with great friendship and genuine care. Thank you for shining this beacon of hope into my life!

- Stuart

Spreading joy at Christmas

Christmas is a hard time for lots of people. If you’re already facing difficulties feeding and clothing a family, trying to provide extra for Christmas gifts, events and special food feels overwhelming.

Maitland Region Local Community Support

In 2021, we delivered 317 hampers to local families who were doing it tough.

We work closely with local schools and community services to create and distribute Christmas Hampers for local families who are under pressure at Christmas time. Local businesses and generous individuals donate money so we can tailor hampers to suit individual family members, instead of just containing generic items.

How can I refer a family
for a Christmas Hamper?

Unlike our other services, individuals can’t nominate themselves to receive a Christmas hamper. Families must be referred to us by one of our partner organisations directly.