Donate & Support
We welcome those who wish to make financial donations and invest financially in our people.
You can donate in a way which is convenient for you. You may also specify that your donation be allocated towards a specific area, for example:
- someone to attend a retreat
- a Formation Team member e.g. a lecturer or supervisor.
- the Resource Room (library) to make it a more usable space. (NB. Donations to the library are tax deductible and may be used for this upgrade)
- our furniture needs updating!
We welcome those who wish to volunteer their time, creativity, skills and energy.
We simply could not operate without people who generously and enthusiastically share their time, energy and wisdom – thank you! The value of your gift is inestimable, and WellSpring is richer because of what you offer.
Some areas for volunteers are the garden, hospitality at events, bookkeeping, general administration, organising events, FaceBook updates, touching base with members and more.
We value every gift – it makes a difference!
Click the tabs below to read about how you can help
There are numerous ways you can donate your services (volunteer) at WellSpring. We greatly appreciate your generous and practical support!
Some areas we would appreciate help include in the following areas;\
AGM Tuesday 16 May 2023
Encourage fellow members to participate
Set up and pack away of physical space
Contribute to supper
Manage the zoom , sound and other technology
Co-ordinate report from groups who are WellSpring
Joint Spirituality Centre Day Spirituality & Conflict with Pádraig O Tuama - 9 May 2023
Be part of joint organising team
Offer welcoming hospitality on the day
Facilitate small group discussions
Set up and pack away of physical space
Planning and or co-ordinating the content
Maximising our use of the technical aspects (eg Mailchimp)
Professional Development co-ordinator
Plan, explore and implement opportunities
Be part of a group working bee
Come regularly to enhance the beauty
Manage the annual renewal process
Facilitate engagement among members
Peer group co-ordinator
Establish where the current needs are (a draft survey is ready for circulation)
Facilitate engagement for those not connected and among peer groups
Work with PD co-ordinator to provide training and sharing of wisdom for the benefit of pilgrims
Ideally someone is at WellSpring for part of each weekday to welcome visitors. Currently there are gaps in the schedule.You can fill the gap by coming to WellSpring on a regular basis.
For involvement in these or other areas where you have passion, please contact us
Ways to donate to WellSpring
If you would like to make a regular or one-off financial donation to WellSpring, you can do so in one of two ways:
1. Direct deposit to our bank account
You can make your donation through direct deposit into the following bank account:
Bank: Bendigo Bank
Account Number: 154841936
Account Name: WellSpring Centre
Reference: Your surname + the word ‘donation’
Please also email us to let us know that you have made a donation, and with details of any particular area you would like it to go towards.
You may like to set up a regular donation through your bank/internet banking.
Cheques can be made payable to ‘WellSpring Centre Inc.’ and sent to:
PO Box 300
Ashburton VIC 3147
Please include a note with details of any particular area you would like your donation to go towards, and your name and contact details if you would like to receive a receipt.
The importance of making a will
There are many good reasons for making a Will, one of which is that it enables you to decide how your assets are distributed after your death.
While family, friends and loved ones are usually the main beneficiaries of a Will, many people also take the opportunity to help charities or other organisations which have been significant for them.
A legal Will is the only way to ensure that your assets will benefit the people and organisations that you care about, according to your priorities.
If you don’t have a legal Will, it may be a good time to see your solicitor.
Bequests: An Ongoing Gift
A bequest to an organisation is a meaningful way to make a practical contribution after your death.
Not only does it bring a much needed investment into the organisation for the future, it is also a very satisfying way of saying ‘thank you’ to the people and ministries which have been important to you during your life.
A bequest to WellSpring will ensure continuing support for our ministry as we:
- invite people towards a deeper awareness of God’s presence in everyday life
- provide pathways for spiritual discernment and formation
- encourage reflective engagement with issues such as justice, peace, interfaith understanding, indigenous reconciliation and care for creation
- create a safe, sustainable, hospitable and prophetic community.
How do I make a bequest to WellSpring?
There are three kinds of bequests you can make to WellSpring – a specific gift, a proportion of your estate or a proportion of the residue of your estate.
You can choose to include one of the following statements in your Will:
- ‘I give ___ percent of my entire estate to the WellSpring Centre of *’
- ‘I give the sum of $___ to the WellSpring Centre of *’
- ‘I give ___ percent of the rest and residue of my estate to the WellSpring Centre of *’
* ’10 Y Street Ashburton VIC 3147’
Also include the following statement:
‘I declare that a receipt issued on the authority of the Board shall be a full and sufficient discharge to my executor or trustee for the said gift and my executor or trustee shall not be bound to see the application thereof.’
We strongly recommend that you consult your solicitor for the preparation of your Will.
Please let us know if you intend to leave a Bequest to WellSpring in your Will.
To download a brochure about making a bequest to WellSpring in your will, please click here.
Blessing of the Well
If you stand at the edge of this blessing
and call down into it,
you will hear your words return to you.
If you lean in and listen close,
you will hear this blessing
give the story of your life back to you.
Quiet your voice.
Quiet your judgment.
Quiet the way you always tell your story to yourself.
Quiet all these and you will hear the while of it
and the hollows of it:
the spaces in the telling,
the gaps where you hesitate to go.
Sit at the rim of this blessing.
Press your ear to its lip,
Its sides, Its curves
that were carved out long ago
by those whose thirst drove them deep,
those who dug Into the layers
with only their hands and hope.
Rest yourself beside this blessing
and you will hear the sound of water
entering the gaps.
Still yourself and you will feel it
rising up in within you,
filling every emptiness,
springing forth anew.