Our Human Values:
Dignity & Respect
Honesty and Integrity
Personal Growth & Broadening Horizons
Our Work Ethic:
Respectful, Warm and Authentic Relationships with Clients
Enjoyable Quality Nutritious Meals & Services
Enjoyable & Fun Casual Volunteering
Positive and Upbeat Tone
Leadership & Teamwork
Professional and Organized
Excellence in Food & Occupational Health & Safety
Accountability, Empowerment and Transparency
How We Operate: Our Human Values & Work Ethic
Our values guide the way we treat ourselves and each other, our clients, our volunteers, our suppliers and donors. Our values guide our decisions and the character of the organization.
Our Work Ethic guides how we work together as a team and organization.
Our Pandemic Response Team
The Vital Program Engine of C Care
This is the dedicated and expert C Care program team who drive every program and help us meet the food insecurity and social isolation needs of the most vulnerable in our community on the front lines every day.
The team are mostly expert volunteers, so we can direct the majority of our funds directly to the clients we support.
Adam comes from a business background and has been involved with C Care’s Advisory Board for 8 years. Adam joined C Care as he wanted to make a difference with under privilege and social isolation within the Jewish community. Adam says “ I’m constantly amazed at the kindness shown by C Care’s volunteers, it really inspires me”.
Volunteering in the Melbourne Jewish Community has been a passion of mine for the last 30 years. From my earliest times with youth movements, Jewish Care and Shules, I always loved the feeling of community and being part of one. Over the last 10 years I have worked with C Care to help with strategy, meal preparation and fund raising. I understand the true affects social isolation and poverty can have on people and the feeling of not being part of a network or caring community. C Care offers both nourishment of the body and the soul in a warm and caring environment with dedicated volunteers. I am so proud to be associated with C Care and am encouraged that with the growth of our new facilities will come an ever growing demand and need for C Care in the future of which I am dedicated and committed to be an integral and value add part of.
Doron has worked with CCare for over 10 years. He graduated in law and arts (psychology) from Monash University. He commenced practice as a lawyer at Melbourne firm Herbert Geer & Rundle where he worked for nearly two years in the corporate and litigation teams before relocating to London.
When Doron returned to Australia in 2000 he was invited to set up and manage the Melbourne division of a leading UK recruitment company as its footprint into Australia. Doron’s management of that business saw it grow from a start-up to become a leader in the Australian market. He established his own specialist legal recruitment company in 2004.
Doron is married to Aviva. He has three children, Koby, Tahni and Amity, and a labradoodle – Dash. Doron and Koby both love the Hawthorn footy club. Doron’s wife Aviva in fact would prefer that Doron watched a little less football. Doron plays indoor soccer in his spare time and enjoys his weekends with friends and family
Lead Engineer at SGA – SAFEgroup Automation
Joined the C Care board in 2017, is passionate about the C Care mission and the community’s responsibility to look after one another.
Bookeeper - site manager
Jackie has been involved with C Care from the beginning, starting with deliveries and growing with the organisation. Nothing is too much for her and she absolutely loves everything CCare stands for. Helping people is something she has wanted to do all her life and is now dedicated to working at the hub full time.
Rivki Nathanson M Psych (Clin)
Co Founder - Psychologist
From a young age Rivki has been committed to giving to the community in any way that she can.
Gratitude, appreciation and consideration for those less fortunate were values instilled in her by her parents.
Civic responsibility was strongly encouraged, and during her years in high-school and upon graduating, she volunteered in numerous organisations. Her volunteering roles included tutoring disadvantaged children, providing respite to single mothers, visiting the elderly and isolated, participating in activities with special needs children, and raising money for charities.
Rivki married Shlomo in 2008, and together they decided to be actively involved in community work. Together they established C Care to combat social isolation and disadvantage in the Jewish community.
Rivki is also completing her Masters in Clinical Psychology at Australian Catholic University.
Co Founder - CEO
As Rabbi in the Port Melbourne, South Melbourne and Docklands areas, he has developed meaningful relationships with the different sectors of the community. He is certified in Mental Health First Aid.
His personal encounters with social alienation, fragmentation within the community, and hunger during his work servicing the Melbourne community, have given him a drive and determination to blur the lines of division and create change.
Sharon Lowe’s background in management consulting and IT has helped her create, develop and navigate an international business which is constantly evolving. Her career has varied from working with Fortune 500 companies to strategising business development for small companies.
Sharon founded Habitat Heroes’ and is the ‘Chief Crusader’. An Australian entrepreneur, Sharon was inspired to create Habitat Heroes while watching her children enjoying online games. Sharon came to the conclusion that while online gaming is great fun for kids, it can be educational as well. Sharon built a platform based on the premise that children love to play, and they should play and have fun – she asked the question: “What if playing games online could help children become socially aware? Sharon then enhanced the Habitat Heroes site with detailed educational elements, so that children could be aware of social and environmental issues, and learn about them at an early age. Educational professionals have been enthralled by the concept. Habitat Heroes was featured in over 500 media publications globally, from the Washington Post, to the US and Australian Today Shows. It was used in over 550 schools in 24 countries.
Sharon has built partnerships and relationships with numerous international environmental groups, organisations and charities including the Department of Education, Green Schools Alliance, Yahoo Kids, National Association of Independent Schools, Al Gore’s Climate Change, Greening Australia, Australian Conservation Foundation, and PlayPumps International to name a few.
Sharon has written and published the book Caring About Animals Around The World in paperback and ebook formats. It is available on Amazon.
Lori joined C Care in 2017 as Program Manager. She saw the role as an opportunity to utilise her skills, integrate into the Melbourne Jewish Community and give back to others. She loves the interaction with volunteers and recipients alike. In her words, “C Care is more than just a job, it’s a lifestyle”
“After returning to Melbourne from living overseas for 7 years, Elise wanted to become more involved with the Jewish community.
During her time overseas, she worked as a tour guide, leading tours around Europe, as well as managing the private touring department of a travel company.
Now, instead of leading tours around Europe, she takes people on tours around C Care!
She first heard about C Care through a friend, and started peeling potatoes and chopping veggies on a Sunday morning not long after.
She loves the friendly and positive vibe at C Care, and that so many wonderful people come together to help the disadvantaged in the community, so when the opportunity came to join the team as Volunteer Manager she jumped on board using all her people, organisational and management skills.
Intake and client manager
Sheryl has held a number of roles providing support to people in distress and has a particular interest in advocating for vulneralbe people. An opportunity to join the growing CCare team came up and she saw a number of avenues to utilise her skills, networks and creativity to increase the personal connections that isolated and vulneraable recipients have with CCare.
Social Program Coordinator
Dalia’s background in event management and as a Kinesiology practitioner have held her in good stead for her role in the Social Outreach Program at C Care that began at the onset of Covid 19. The need to reach out in a meaningful way and form connection with the most vulnerable and isolated in our community is more important now than ever before. Working with the incredible team at C Care and making a difference to the lives of both recipients and volunteers has been the silver lining of this most challenging time.
Michelle met Shlomo very soon after his arrival in Australia after marrying Rivki, and she has been involved with C Care since it’s inception. Michelle’s involvment has mainly been as a volunteer in the kitchen and on meal delivery. With the onset of Coronavirus, Michelle dived into the role of Client Services Liason Manager, handling an influx of calls from a flood of new recipients, as well as existing clients. Michelle truly loves connecting with the clients, helping to put them at ease during these difficult times, and making them feel cared for.
Volunteer Baker - Challah Expert
Supply chain manager
Benny has retired after a successful career as Procurement Manager in the Food Industry. He was volunteering with another organisation when COVID-19 struck. Benny saw a position advertised at CCare on J Seek and jumped at it. C Care and the work he does provides him with a sense of dignity and enables him to give back to our community. He is loving making a difference and hasn’t looked back since.
Pantry Pack Manager
Erica is the newest member, joining when Coronavirus had just taken hold of the world. As a travel agent, she had all but ceased working when she decided to spend her spare time helping those in need. At C Care, she is the Pantry Manager. This means streamling the logistical operation from when residents put in their order for their specific monthly staples, through to liaising with the volunteers to get the boxes packed, organised and ready to be shipped out. Being super organised, after only a month, she loves what she does, is thriving with the challenges that are thrown at her and already looking forward to the future with C Care.
Dr Moshe Goldberg
Moshe and his family arrived in Melbourne a few years ago and he was introduced to CCare by a long time Volunteer. He has brought a unique Mediterranean spirit and passion for cooking to C Care. As an Academic at Deakin University, he is involved with production engineering and management and is constantly looking for ways to optimize C Care’s operations to maximize productivity in the kitchen. His focus is on food preparation, packaging, food safety and logistics for meals delivery. Moshe is also working on digitalizing the operations at C Care; working across various information systems.
From the very first moment Moshe joined C Care in 2018, he fell in love with the charity work and the vision and the mission set by Shlomo and Rivki Nathanson. Most of all he enjoys volunteering alongside an incredible group of highly motivated and committed individuals who continuously focus on supporting and providing food and support to the disadvantaged, the vulnerable and the elderly members in our community.
The most heartwarming aspect says Moshe “are the big smiles and the shining faces of recipients, who welcome me in, the minute the door is opened.”
Avi has always been fascinated by cooking and kitchens from a young age. In 2013 he made the shift from being a mechanic to becoming a chef and has worked in various restaurants around Melbourne and in Israel. He has been told he makes the best hummus and nutella babka in Melbourne. He got invloved with CCare in 2017 for the sunday cookoff and is passionate about making the most out of the donated produce and putting together simple, healthy nutritous meals for CCare clients. Food brings people together and he gets great joy knowing a meal he helped prepare is bringing disadvantaged people in isolation together with members of the community
Shabbat Pack Manager
- C Care is the leading frontline Jewish community organization supporting those who are experiencing food insecurity and social isolation.
- We work hand in glove with Jewish Care and other organizations who refer their clients to us who are experiencing food insecurity and social isolation issues.
- Founded in 2011 as a community initiative and governed by a board, we support people and families in crisis/transition and the long term vulnerable predominantly in the Melbourne Jewish Community.
- C Care provides a full range of services including freshly prepared meals and food packages, self care and pharmaceuticals needs.
- C Care prepares and delivers up to two freshly prepared enjoyable and nutritious Kosher cooked meals each week to those who can’t cook for themselves and basic pantry items to those who can . We also prepare and deliver a weekly Shabbos essentials pack so everyone has the opportunity to welcome Shabbat each week.
- Critically, C Care’s programs focus on building a strong sense of community with our clients through human warmth and genuine friendships. Our social programs bring people back into the community who were completely isolated so they feel connected and engaged again. We see our clients as part of us as we are all one community.
- Prior to the pandemic, C Care had a comprehensive social outreach program including weekly social lunches, art and music classes for our clients.
- In response to the pandemic, we have rapidly redeveloped our programs to ensure we provide direct, Covid-19 safe, non contact assistance to “keep people home and safe“ while retaining our core mission of providing community, food and friendship.
- C Care was also founded to provide an opportunity for wider community members to ‘give back’ to the community through casual and regular volunteering. C Care has a simple and easy online sign up for community members with appropriate background checks in place to support our clients and their households with community, food and friendship.
- C Care also has a number of other services for the vulnerable in our community and many volunteer opportunities on a weekly or casual basis.