Foundation staff give back
In September, Foundation staff spent an afternoon helping out at Winnipeg Harvest. Staff got a tour of the facility and then rolled up their sleeves to help ‘harvest’ the on-site garden. This is just one of the ways Foundation staff give back. From volunteering at local organizations to donating to Causes they care about, each staff member has a unique way of supporting our community. The Foundation’s Employee Charitable Contribution Committee encourages a culture of generosity in our workplace by providing different ways to give back and get involved.
The Committee organizes opportunities for Foundation staff to participate in activities or events presented or hosted by local charities. In 2018, staff cleaned up the community with Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, and helped out at Winnipeg Harvest. They also spent time at Local Investment Toward Employment (LITE) assembling LITE boxes – an economic development project that supports community-minded entrepreneurs and social enterprises operating in Winnipeg’s inner city, and toured the Social Enterprise Centre, in which LITE is located.
Employer Incentive Program
All staff are encouraged to contribute to their own charitable fund at The Foundation. The Foundation ‘stretches’ contributions by 50 per cent, up to $600 per year, per employee. We are proud to report 100 per cent of Foundation staff once again participated in the program in 2018.
On the last Friday of every month (except July and August), staff can wear jeans to the office in exchange for a contribution. Total dollars raised from participants are matched by The Foundation and then granted to a local charity each month. Our 2018 Jeans Days supported:
- Manitoba Opera
- Siloam Mission
- Graffiti Arts Programming
- Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council (Welcome Place)
- Winnipeg Pet Rescue
- Never Alone Foundation
- D’Arcy’s ARC
- Manitoba Writers Guild
- Open Access Resource Centre
- Agape Table
This story is featured in the Spring 2019 issue of our Working Together magazine. Download or view the full issue on our Publications page.