Desire2Learn employee-driven initiatives provide time and monies to pressing needs in the community
The Desire2Learn Active Care Team In Our Neighbourhood (ACTION) has been extremely busy in 2008 providing assistance to hundreds of individuals not only in the immediate neighbourhood of Kitchener-Waterloo but in the global community as well.
Established in 2004, the Desire2Learn ACTION committee strives to help Desire2Learn and its employees give back to the community. Opportunities are provided for employee volunteerism as well as funding for charitable events and organizations.
Beginning with Candy Grams in February, the ACTION Committee has run a variety of initiatives throughout this year that have resulted in donations to various charities. Desire2Learn Incorporated has provided matching funds.
“2008 has been a phenomenal year. Employees of Desire2Learn have given generously of their time, their energy and, of course, their donations. Everyone has done so much to help out our local communities and the world at large,” said Jillian Skene, ACTION Chair. “I want to extend a special thank-you to everyone who has helped the communities of which we are a part.”
The areas of focus of the ACTION committee include:
- Programs that enhance science, math and technology skills in students at any level of education;
- Programs that enhance the well-being of families and children; and
- Organizations that are of personal significance to Desire2Learn employees.
More than one dozen events and activities spanned the twelve months of 2008 with funds, food, clothing or time being donated to both local and more far reaching organizations, including: Family and Children’s Services of Waterloo Region ‘Adopt a Family Holiday Program,’ Food Bank of Waterloo Region, House of Friendship, Jump Rope for Heart, the Humane Society, United Way, Cancer Relay for Life, Habitat for Humanity, National Service Dogs, One Laptop Per Child, Send ’em Off Smiling, as well as World Vision.
In addition, tours and discussion sessions were provided to business students of high schools including Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute in Kitchener, Kitchener Collegiate Institute and to participating institutions of the Communitech Leading Edge conference.
The current initiative, ‘Winter Celebration Campaign’, continues until December 19. ACTION has already donated to World Vision to furnish a classroom and supply textbooks to underprivileged children. Employees are being encouraged to purchase a molecule (the company’s symbol) or to pool their resources with colleagues for ‘Super Molecules’. The goal is to raise enough monies to provide daily lunches, for the classroom of students being supported with furnishing and supplies, for the entire school year.
“We are tremendously proud of our employees and the dedication and commitment they regularly make to the community at large,” said John Baker, President & CEO, Desire2Learn. “They take to heart what it means to be active, engaged participants giving generously to the organizations, initiatives and events of the communities in which they reside and work as well as the greater worldwide community.”
2009 activities are in the planning stage and will continue in supporting communities and organizations both locally and globally.
About Desire2Learn Incorporated
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