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Employees spend a Day of Caring for United Way-Funded Agencies

October 20, 2011

MISSISSAUGA — Today across Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga, more than 100 employees from 22 Peel-based companies are trading briefcases and file folders for brooms and paint brushes. They are sharing their time and talents with 16 United Way-funded agencies by participating in this year’s Day of Caring.

Day of Caring is a partnership between United Way of Peel Region, United Way-funded agencies, and workplaces/employee groups who want to provide a “hands-on” day to complete a much-needed project or conduct a special initiative for charitable or non-profit organizations.

“This is a day when workplace volunteers from every sector can roll up their sleeves and spend some time making a difference in their community,” says Shelley White, CEO, United Way of Peel Region. “Each employee has a unique and personal experience they will remember long after today. The return on their investment of time to our United Way agencies is significant. Every volunteer hour translates into dollars an agency can shift from its operating budget to client services.”

Day of Caring demonstrates the impact of volunteers in our community, and allows donors to experience first-hand the services provided by United Way of Peel Region and their agency. It provides employee volunteers with an experience that will last for a lifetime bringing them closer to community initiatives and seeing their United Way agency and donation in action.

At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel in Brampton, employees from Ingram Micro Canada and Ricoh Canada Inc. are supporting data entry needs.

Staff from Pratt & Whitney Canada are helping Family Education Centre in Brampton move into their new space.

Employees from Baxter Corporation, Region of Peel and Enbridge Inc. are spending the day greening and tidying up at Peace Ranch in Caledon.

Older adults at Peel Senior Link in Mississauga are benefitting from cleaning and general support around their homes from Grant Thornton LLP and Region of Peel staff.

Ingram Micro Canada, The DATA Group of Companies and Region of Peel employees will visit the Cross-Cultural Community Services Association in Mississauga to help newcomers learn to document their life in Canada through the art of scrapbooking while practicing their English.

There are plenty of painting projects underway, with materials generously donated by Lowe’s Canada. Title sponsor for the day is TD Bank Group.

Companies get involved in Day of Caring because it allows them to give back to the community while strengthening teams. It’s also a great stress reliever, enabling staff to get away from the day to day pressure of the office and show corporate citizenship.

United Way of Peel Region is thankful to the 22 companies and 100 employees involved in today’s Day of Caring.

For More Information contact:
Doris Mohrhardt
Vice President, Communications & Marketing
905-602-3624
dmohrhardt@unitedwaypeel.org

Questions & Answers: Fall Day of Caring 2011

How many volunteers participated?

  • Approximately 100

How many projects were there?

  • 17 projects

How many agencies participated?

  • Caledon Community Services
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel
  • Canadian Mental Health Association – Peel Branch
  • John Howard Society of Peel-Halton
  • Family Education Centre
  • YMCA Peel Region
  • Peace Ranch
  • CNIB – Halton/Peel
  • Community Living Mississauga
  • Distress Centre Peel
  • India Rainbow Community Services of Peel
  • Peace Ranch
  • Interim Place
  • Malton Neighbourhood Services
  • Peel Senior Link
  • The Cross-Cultural Community Services Association

How many companies participated?

  • Ceridian Canada Limited
  • Ingram Micro Canada
  • Ricoh Canada Inc.
  • Region of Peel
  • Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Company of Canada
  • Pratt & Whitney Canada Inc.
  • TD Bank Group
  • Baxter Corporation
  • Enbridge Inc.
  • Amgen Canada Inc.
  • Citigroup Funds Services Canada
  • Motorola Canada Limited
  • SimplexGrinnell
  • Hydro One Brampton Networks Inc.
  • Grant Thornton LLP
  • UniGroup Worldwide UTS Canada Inc.
  • The DATA Group of Companies
  • Medtronic of Canada Ltd.
  • Chubb Edwards
  • Mayflower Canada/United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd.
  • TransAlta Corporation
  • Toromont Cat

Who was the title sponsor?

  • TD Bank Group

Were there any in-kind sponsors?

  • Paint was provided by Lowe’s Canada

What was the variety of projects?

  • Library inventory
  • Data entry
  • Resource support
  • Moving support
  • Computer training
  • Construction
  • Garden/yard work
  • Painting