We invested $621K in 2017 towards programs that contributed to either preventing homelessness and poverty, or supporting those currently experiencing these conditions.
Our work encompasses several flagship partnerships in our business units, along with the following corporate initiatives:
2018: The Vermilion Energy Family Centre at Wood’s Homes in Calgary has supported 47 families and a total of 194 children, youth and their parents / caregivers since opening in June 2015.
2009-2018: Vermilion is proud to have been the co-presenting sponsor for Hockey Helps the Homeless for 10 years. In 2017, four local charities, YWCA Calgary, Inn from the Cold, Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary and Habitat for Humanity, impacted the lives of hundreds of families as a result of funds raised by this tournament.
Our funding focus on homelessness and poverty encompasses several programs that support ending hunger, including our Days of Caring:
Canada 2018: 8,400 hot lunches funded and served at the Drop-In Centre, Canada’s largest shelter serving those who are homeless
Denver 2018: staff filled hamper orders for the Food Bank of the Rockies
The Netherlands 2017: in addition to our funding of 22,000 euros, staff supported the launch of KinderRestos in Leeuwarden, helping children learn about healthy food and lifestyles
France 2017: every year, staff in Melun support the Restos du Coeur food drive at a local supermarket, informing customers about the campaign and accepting food donations.
We established our Global Emergency Responder Program in 2017, to support critical equipment and training needs for emergency medevac and similar services in all of our business units.
In Australia we are proud to support The Royal Flying Doctor Service, helping purchase specialized equipment and supplies to outfit a new aircraft to operate as an intensive care unit in flight.
In addition to our funding for environmental stewardship, staff in our business units consistently support local conservation and biodiversity efforts. In 2017, we contributed 121 staff hours, including the following Days of Caring:
Canada 2018: 88 staff hours for conservation protection at the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Busenius Property
The Netherlands 2017: in addition to €30K in funding, the Day of Caring supported the Frisian nature reserve of Fryske Gea, removing willow and birch trees, and thinning brush to promote the growth of a protected plan species known as “Wilde Gagel”.
We believe in partnering with our communities to better understand their needs and how we can best support them, and to amplify the value of organizations within them. We have key community and civil society partnerships in each of our major business units.
Launch Global Funding Initiative to support non-profit emergency response providers in all business units.
Develop and launch Ways of Caring program in our Germany Business Unit.
Develop and launch Global Funding Initiative to support environmental stewardship in all business units.
Direct cash contribution: to non-profit and charitable organizations
Additional direct support: in-kind support, such as materials and staff volunteering during working hours
External resources leveraged: staff donations
JINC in the Netherlands
In 2016 Vermilion launched a flagship partnership to support JINC in The Netherlands. Believing that all youth deserve a fair chance in the labour market, JINC helps young people ages 8-16 through vocational orientation and learning social skills in the workplace. We continued our support in 2017 and 2018, providing both financial support and participating in the flash internship program. Our support contributes to our community investment focus on Homelessness & Poverty.
In our 2017 Great Place to Work annual survey, 95% of staff globally agreed with the statement “I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.” In addition to the ratings statements, the confidential survey also asks what makes Vermilion a great place to work. Here are a few of the comments related directly to our community support:
"Our VIPs (Very Important Patients) are the reason we fly. They're the reason we wake up each day striving to find the most innovative ways to succeed. For patients who are critically sick or injured, every second matters. As long as there are people in need of critical care, we'll be there to offer them support. Vermilion makes this possible – you ride along with us on every mission. You help ensure our crew receive the top training and that they have access to the tools they need to save lives."
"On behalf of St Bart's and our clients I sincerely thank everyone at Vermilion for your support, friendship and willingness to partner with us to help people in need to rebuild their lives. Vermilion have shown an ongoing commitment to the work of our organization and to the people that we are here to support. Your support has been integral in helping achieve our mission to assist the homeless of today to rebuild their lives and act to prevent the homelessness of tomorrow. Thank you."
Nina Ulyett, General Manager, St. Bart's