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Employees Spend Day of Caring for United Way Funded Agencies

June 2, 2011

MISSISSAUGA — 220 Peel employees from 22 companies located in Peel Region didn’t show up for work today. Instead, they gave their time and talents to 20 United Way funded agencies 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.

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 the CNIB in Mississauga employees from ARI Financial, Ricoh Canada, Intact Insurance and the Region of Peel created learning tools for visually impaired children.

Employees from Medtronic of Canada, Ricoh Canada and Dupont are spending the day weeding, wood chipping flower gardens, painting a barn and tidying up at Peace Ranch in Caledon.

Ten Best Buy employees are greening and cleaning the YMCA Brampton property.

There are plenty of painting projects underway, with materials generously donated by Valspar Paint and Lowe’s Home Improvement
in Brampton North. Title sponsor for the day is TD Canada Trust. Still Sky videographers are donating their time capturing as many projects as possible on video.

There is even a mural painting at Nexus Youth in Mississauga by TD and Carlson Marketing employees.

Companies involve themselves in Day of Caring because it allows them to give back to the community while creating strong teamwork and building trust amongst their employees. 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 President and CEO, Shelley White says “Today has been a win-win for everyone and every company and agency involved in today’s Day of Caring. Each employee has a unique and personal experience that they will remember long after today. The return on their investment of time to our United Way agencies is significant because every hour that a person volunteers and every project they help to complete, translates into dollars that an agency can shift from its operating budget to client services.

“We are sincerely grateful to the 22 companies and the 220 employees involved in today’s Day of Caring. “

Media Contact:
Wendy Johnson
Senior Communications Consultant
905-602-3624 wjohnson@unitedwaypeel.org

Questions and Answers Spring Day of Caring 2011

How many volunteers participated?

  • Approximately 220

How many projects were there?

  • 29 projects

How many agencies participated?

  • African Community Services of Peel
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel
  • Caledon Dufferin Victim Services
  • Caledon Community Services
  • Caledon Meals on Wheels
  • Catholic Family Services of Peel – Dufferin
  • CNIB
  • Family Education Centre
  • India Rainbow Community Services of Peel
  • Interim Place
  • John Howard Society of Peel
  • Nexus Youth
  • Ontario March of Dimes
  • Our Place Peel
  • Peach Ranch
  • Peel HIV/AIDS Network
  • Peel Senior Link
  • Rapport Youth & Family Services
  • Vita Centre
  • YMCA – GTA

How many companies participated?

  • ARI Financial Services Inc.
  • Baxter Corporation
  • Best Buy
  • BMO
  • Citrix Systems
  • City of Mississauga
  • Davis & Henderson
  • E.I. duPont Canada Company
  • Franklin Templeton
  • Ingram Micro Inc.
  • Intact Insurance Company
  • Medtronic of Canada Limited
  • Ministry of Community and Social Services
  • Montship Inc.
  • PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
  • PepsiCo Foods Canada
  • Pratt and Whitney Canada
  • Regional Municipality of Peel
  • Ricoh Canada Inc.
  • TD Canada Trust
  • Tech Data Canada Inc.
  • UPS

Who was the title sponsor?

  • TD Canada Trust

Were there any in-kind sponsors?

Paint was provided by the following companies:

  • Valspar - Paint
  • Lowe’s Home Improvement (Brampton North location)
  • Still Sky - Videography

What was the variety of projects?

  • Store assistants
  • Record purging
  • Spring lunch – Seniors
  • Community garden
  • Excel Training
  • Office Support/Filing & Inputting Data
  • Assisting parents and children in activities
  • Gardening/yard work
  • Yard cleaning & gardening
  • Painting (youth drop-in centres, hallways, stairwells)
  • Greening and cleaning
  • Organization/cleaning (storage/supply rooms)
  • Park clean-up
  • Preparing CNIB resources
  • Shelving prep & clean-up
  • Mural painting
  • Condom pack-a-thon
  • Assisting seniors with their apartments
  • Volunteer appreciation event
  • Spring revitalization