Forty years ago influential and passionate Knox City Councillor Marie Wallace founded the Knox Community Welfare Fund to support local programs that assist people facing hard times in the City of Knox. Funded by two local op-shops, the Fund aimed to reach those who are vulnerable, isolated, homeless or struggling financially through the provision of community meals, school student supplies, emergency relief, information and referral and housing options.
In 2018 the administration of the Fund moved from Knox Council to Knox Infolink, an established emergency relief agency in the City of Knox. The aim of this transfer was to grow and sustain the fund through the support of local businesses and the community.
What makes the Fund unique is the commitment to the residents of Knox. Larger welfare organisations do provide services in Knox, however the funds they raise can be shared and used across Melbourne, Victoria and in some cases Australia. Donations to the Knox Community Welfare Fund stay in Knox for the direct benefit of local residents by local community organisations.