Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia

YOU, the Employee/r Fundraiser

In Uncategorized on July 31, 2012 at 4:03 pm

                                                (L-R: Plant Manager David Griffin, Nominator Donald Sampson, Lloyd Brown, ASNS, The Michelin Man)

According to Statistics Canada, in 2011 we worked 36.4 hours per week[i] (which one of you is working an extra 24 minutes a week?) This means if we take two weeks off for vacation and another week of miscellaneous holidays, we spend over 1,783 hours at work, a year.

Whether YOU are spending that time in an office, or on an assembly line, what is the environment of philanthropy at your work place? Is there one? Could there be one? Many companies and organizations believe that it is their duty as corporate citizens, to give back to the community. And some, take the lead from their employees.

This summer, Michelin in Waterville, Nova Scotia celebrated 30 years of production in the Annapolis Valley. They decided to celebrate with a $30,000 charity donation to the community. But, it wasn’t one charity that would receive support, it would be 30. And in a heartwarming, organizationally philanthropy minded way, those thirty were selected by the 1300 employees.

Staff were asked to nominate an organization that they thought should receive the donation and they were on hand to speak to the crowd about their nominee’s and to make the cheque presentation. A unique way to celebrate not only a professional milestone, but to integrate philanthropy in a corporate setting.

“Michelin is a significant corporate partner throughout the province,” said Lloyd Brown, Executive Director of the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia. “It is not surprising that this community minded organization and dedicated staff chose to celebrate this milestone by choosing to support thirty community and provincially based organizations, to make a charitable gift. We are honoured to be nominated for the work we do helping families, and join the other 29 charities in celebrating and acknowledging this example of good, corporate citizenship.”

As an employer, have YOU thought of ways to incorporate charitable participation? As an employee, have YOU approached an employer about adopting a culture of philanthropy in the workplace? We spend so much time together – amongst cubicles, behind office doors, waiting for a fresh pot of coffee to finish brewing – at the workplace, that the possibilities to make a mobilized effort to help our communities are vast and varied.

– Contact your local Healthpartners to have a presentation about payroll deposit giving. Healthpartners is the formation of 16 national health charities. YOU as an employee choose to direct your donation to one, or all 16.

-Speak with your employer about their Corporate Responsibility Policies. Maybe there is a sponsorship that they could fill for a non-profit. I’ve heard that CIBC became a partner of the Run for the Cure because more and more employees were speaking out about their own personal struggle with the disease.

-We’ve stated here in the past, that there are smaller ways that your workplace could start working together for charities. Read that post here.

We at the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia would like to thank Michelin for not only their donation, but also for recognizing that YOU the employee want to give back to your community. We also want to thank all those Michelin employees who nominated us, like Donald Sampson, who shared his story of living with dementia at the ceremony:

“Alzheimer’s became a reality in my family six years ago when my 57 year old brother, Simon, was officially diagnosed with Posterior Cortical Atrophy (PCA). The underlying cause of PCA is Alzheimer’s disease; PCA is thought to affect less than 5% of people with Alzheimer’s disease; with PCA people are affected at an earlier age than typical Alzheimer’s disease, with individuals often being in their mid-fifties or early sixties. Simon has digressed from teaching thousands of students wood working, drafting and tech education to not knowing how to use a tape measure, drive a car or tie a shoe lace. With PCA the symptoms may be different; the end result will be the same. Simon’s memory is still strong but he has trouble verbalizing his memory, especially in crowds. In Simon’s home of Antigonish the Alzheimer Society supports a program where people with Alzheimer’s can spend the day being cared for allowing their Caregivers much needed time to catch up with their daily lives.”

[i] Source: Statistics Canada. Labour force survey estimates (LFS), by total and average usual and actual hours worked, main or all jobs, type of work, sex and age group, annual (CANSIM Table 282-0028). Ottawa: Statistics Canada, 2012.


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