Embracing Giving Tuesday, every day: How Team Possible is lending a helping hand to those in need
For far too many Canadians, meeting the basic needs of themselves and their families is a challenge all too familiar in their day-to-day life. It’s days like today – Giving Tuesday – that serve as a reminder for us all to step-up and give back to our communities, no matter how big or small.
But, today is also just one day in 365. This past year, our team joined millions of customers, community organizations and businesses to help make more possible for Canadians – because every day is a new opportunity to make a difference. We’re proud of all the ways our team members are working to make a positive impact on communities across the country.
Today, we’re spotlighting some of our incredible Rogers team members who are making giving back in their communities, possible.
Teaming up to share the warmth of giving with children and families in need this winter
Every year, the falling of autumn leaves marks the beginning of winter. While for some this seasonal change might bring on the excitement of the upcoming holiday season, for too many Canadians this serves as a stark reminder of the challenging months ahead as the need for warm winter clothing becomes a necessity.
That’s why this year Rogers tv in London, Ontario leaned-in to partner with the local Boys and Girls Club and the London Knights to support the Warm and Wooly campaign – gathering donated hats, mittens, scarves and warm clothing for families and children in need to help them stay warm this winter.
It all came to life when a group of 31 Rogers team members, along with their family and friends, arrived at the doors of Budweiser Gardens arena in London, determined and excited to collect as many donations as they could from fans entering the building.
By the end of the day, they had filled over 12 extra large bags of donated winter clothing, surpassing what they imagined they could ever accomplish.
Volunteer and program organizer, Goran Linkes expressed a sense of pride for the event, “I feel blessed to be able to be in a position to give support when help is needed.”
It’s thanks to generous donations from Canadians across the country that the Boys and Girls Club of London can make such a tremendous impact in their community. Click here to donate and support their incredible work.
Filling backpacks with hope and opportunity in Nanoose First Nation
With approximately half of all Indigenous children in Canada living in poverty, many families struggle to meet their children’s basic needs, including essential items for schooling.
So when Jay Patel, Director of Consumer Care in Burnaby BC, heard about a backpack filling initiative request from Nanoose First Nation, an Indigenous community on Vancouver Island , he knew he had to take action.
Rallying 10 Rogers team members, Jay and the team filled enough backpacks for every child and shipped them to Vancouver Island. There they were distributed to the Nanoose First Nation children who attend school, both on and off the reserve, at the community’s September 30th National Day of Truth and Reconciliation gathering.
Setting children up for success during this important time in their education journey is vital, and supporting their wellbeing and giving them the tools they need through the help of initiatives like this one are ways that we can all contribute to helping our next generation thrive.
Rachel Watts, Employee Assistance Services Office at Nanoose First Nation expressed her gratitude for the Rogers team, “the event was such a meaningful experience in our community, healing energy all around. We had just under 200 community members gather on that day. The vision that we hoped for of our children and youth having a joyful time filling up their backpacks came to fruition.”