We were pleased to bring the power of our volunteer efforts back to Wood’s Homes in 2018 for our Corporate Day of Caring. 112 staff – and 6 family members - provided 562 hours to assist with landscaping, painting, furniture moving and assembly, window cleaning and preparing for snacks and lunch. Wood’s Homes’ new Inglewood Campus was desperately in need of sprucing up before its doors opened to Calgary’s homeless and at-risk youth.
In June 2018, 10 staff from Drayton Valley volunteered with the Nature Conservancy of Canada to support the ongoing conservation and stewardship of the NCC's Busenius Property. Working alongside NCC staff, our volunteers spent the day removing 750 metres of barbed wire fence, making the landscape a safer habitat for wildlife to live on and travel through.
In July 2017, the Finance and Human Resources teams from our Harlingen and Amsterdam locations stepped out of their offices and into their aprons to lend a hand as we helped one of our new Municipal Linkage Program partners, Resto VanHarte, launch KinderRestos in the Frisian capital of Leeuwarden. Research indicates that when families suffer from a lack of resources, it has a negative impact on the quality of food offered to children. The KinderResto offers the children a safe environment where they are taught about a healthy lifestyle through hands-on workshops where fun and team spirit are a priority. Our team helped local KinderResto volunteers cook a healthy lunch for the entire primary school, including oatmeal pancakes, and run a sports event for the children in the afternoon.
In November 2017, 10 staff from our Australia Business Unit volunteered with St Bartholomew's House, helping residents from the Community Supported Residential Units enjoy the organization's first-ever camp. St Bartholomew's House, which we’ve supported since 2009, helps people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness achieve positive life outcomes. The 4-day camp took place at the Tuppin House in Guilderton and was jam-packed with workshops and activities encouraging the residents to get out of their comfort zone and experience new things.. Working alongside St Bart's staff, our volunteers (along with a couple of furry companions) joined campers in the activities, adding positive encouragement.
In March 2017, employees helped out with a food drive to support the Restos du Coeur in Rubelles, in our Paris Basin region. Restos du Coeur provides those experiencing poverty with access to free meals and supports their social and economic integration, as well as any action against poverty in all its forms. Twice a year, their Melun unit holds a food drive in a supermarket, where volunteers inform customers about the campaign and accept food donations. Our staff have been supporting this event since 2014, because, as one of our volunteers says, "Heart is life. We have to give as long as we can."
Our US Business Unit regularly volunteers at the Food Bank of the Rockies in Denver, which is almost 100% volunteer driven. In January 2018 8 staff sorted, counted, bagged, boxed and distributed 13,280 pounds of food for vulnerable families. In May 2018, 11 staff were on hand helping in the distribution warehouse, filling orders for the organizations supported by the Food Bank, including local churches, schools, and mental health facilities.
In September 2017 staff from Ölheim-Süd gave their time to support a beautification project in support of The Lebenshilfe Peine-Burgdorf GmbH, an organization that promotes the participation of people with disabilities in community life. A lot of hard work and effort went into building a raised flower bed that delighted residents and visitors.