We were pleased to take the power of our volunteer efforts to seven organizations in 2019 for our Corporate Day of Caring – ONE DAY, MANY PARTNERS. 139 staff – and 3 family members - invested 493 hours to provide landscaping, sort clothing donations, remove invasive plant species, prepare meals and conduct senior maintenance and wellness checks. Our partners included: Calgary Drop-In Centre, Friends of Fish Creek Park Society, Ronald McDonald House, Silvera for Seniors, The Alex Community Food Centre, Women in Need Society, and Wood’s Homes.
In 2020, with pandemic restrictions continuing to impact our activities, we helped prepare lunches for vulnerable Calgary students through Brown Bagging for Calgary Kids, we delivered meals to isolated seniors across Calgary in partnership with the Kergy Centre and the ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen, supported Wood’s Homes with fall landscape clean-ups, planted trees with Tree Canada in Carstairs, north of Calgary, and encouraged our staff to volunteer with their families in their own communities.
This year, we supported a unique program at HW Pickup School in Drayton Valley. Equine Empowerment, an equine-assisted learning program that supports schools in creating behavioral changes.
This partnership links our economic success with our communities, and supports: Vermilion’s Integrated Sustainability strategic objective, and Three United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
In 2020 and 2021, staff in Saskatchewan participated in community investment activities across many of the communities where we have operations. These included lending a hand at the Oxbow Spring cleanup, assembling a new play structure for the Mainprize Regional Park, raking leaves and hammering nets into the ground for the Weyburn Soccer Fields, repairing the Gateway City Golf Course in North Portal, planting trees to create a windbreak at the Arcola fairground, and assisting seniors with home and garden upkeep in Estevan. These days are a great way for us to show our commitment to our communities and get to know our neighbours.
A flagship partner in The Netherlands, Stitchting Present was also the recipient of our volunteer manpower on July 19, 2019. Staff took time out of the office to help out 4 families by cleaning out a yard and home of a hoarder, supporting a widow to do garden work, painting walls and the ceiling for a man who uses a wheelchair, and building a brand new shed for a refugee family.
Encouraging students in the Erris Area to engineer "the Ireland of tomorrow," Vermilion staff hosted a day of information and activities in Belmullet during Engineers Week in March, 2019.?65 students and teachers from three local secondary schools were introduced to the many types of engineering involved in delivering Corrib Gas.
In December 2019, staff from our Australia Business Unit volunteered with St Bart's House, tackling projects at the Older Women’s Service housing unit, including painting handrails for all the outer stairwells. The day culminated in a celebration that recognized 10 years of partnership between Vermilion and St Bart's.
At the end of December 2019, in Parentis-en-Born in the Aquitaine Basin, the greenhouses of our neighbor, Jean-Jacques Reygades, partially collapsed due to a violent storm. A staff person noticed the scattering of plastic on the ground and proposed a Day of Caring to pick up all this waste. Despite an overcast sky, on Monday, January 27, 2020, 10 volunteers gathered in front of the greenhouses, motivated and full of spirit to carry out the collection
The Food Bank of the Rockies in Denver is almost 100% volunteer driven and provides hampers for individuals and families struggling with food security. In 2019, our staff volunteered on three separate occasions helping address issues of food scarcity.
In May 2019, staff from Hanover gave their time to landscape the garden of Seniorenbeirat Rhauderfehn, an organization that works to address senior isolation by providing a place for conversation and support for repairing items. A lot of hard work and effort went into the beautification project that delighted the seniors.
In May 2021, several Vermilion Hungary employees went to donate blood after a year long pause. COVID-19 measures had prohibited blood donations until this point, and so many employees were excited for the opportunity to continue saving lives.