Every year, Rogers supports thousands of charities and we come together for Give Together initiatives, community grants and scholarships. But we know that when it comes to leveraging the passion of our teams, that energy starts at the kitchen table, not the boardroom table. While volunteering looks different in 2020, we have challenged our 25,000 team members and their families to set new records of volunteering, to support organizations that mean something to them. Here are some ways our people are making Canada stronger, one act at a time:
We Rock for Royal Columbian Hospital
Rogers Customer Solution Specialist Salim Dharsee – together with his 13-year-old daughter Insiyah and wife Rubina – paint and sell rocks to raise funds for the Royal Columbian Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The family spends several hours together each day designing, painting, and selling rocks with B.C. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry’s “Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Safe” message to give hope and raise funds for Zaky Hugs, which are designed to comfort premature babies. Insiyah hopes to raise $3,000 to purchase 25 pairs of Zaky Hugs for the NICU – where she was once a preemie herself. Now a healthy and thriving teen, she gives parents at the hospital hope of a bright future for their babies.
To Print and Protect: Making PPE for our frontline heroes
Ian Tremblay, a Rogers Customer Experience team member, got a 3D printer last year to experiment with printing model trains, but once the pandemic hit, he realized that his passion could turn into something really important. When Olympian Hayley Wickenheiser called out for PPE for frontline workers, Ian fired up his 3D printer and has since made more than 1,500 face shields. Each mask costs about $2 to make, and after personally funding the first 200, donors have stepped in to cover the costs. Ian invites his donors to direct where to send the PPE – from long-term care homes and doctor’s offices to including pink and blue shields for a maternity ward.
A single package of pencils now empowers 5,000 Ottawa-area students
Rogers for Business colleagues Shealee Free and Rebecca MacMillan started a school supply and backpack drive seven years ago to help level the playing field and empower Ottawa-area student to learn. They pack personal hand-written notes in the bags to let kids know they are worthy and loved – some students keep the notes all year and reread them on tough days or before tests. In 2020, COVID-19 changed the way, but not the need. Instead of packing backpacks, the team pivoted to a $20K fundraising goal to buy bulk supplies to make sure these kids were ready to return to class.
From donating blood, delivering groceries to a neighbour who’s isolating, sewing masks, or online tutoring, everyone has something to give. Canadians have been called to act in a myriad of ways: donating, volunteering, and advocating for each other. While we’re apart, we are finding ways to come together. To connect. Because we’re stronger together.