Days of Caring
People Caring About People
Days of Caring began in 2006 in our community. These are days where companies can dig in and help our agencies with projects. Most non-profit organizations have wish lists for projects, and we bring employees together with other community partners to fulfill those wishes that have been on the back burner because of cost and/or lack of manpower.
If you are an agency in need of a Day of Caring, please submit your request. If you are a business with energy and vision, please contact us!
2011 & 2012 Days of Caring
The 2011 project was the layout and construction of a labyrinth walking path at Hospice Kawartha Lakes, a division of Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes. Leading the project on October 1, 2011 was Sir Sandford Fleming College.
The project continued on to June 2, 2012 when community volunteers gathered to help with the planting of the labyrinth garden. Though the weather was overcast, the passion of the volunteers was evident as the labyrinth grew in colour and beauty.
The last phase of the project was painting the storage shed and this was completed by students from the St. Thomas Acquinas Community Construction Class.
Hospice Kawartha Lakes, which integrated with Community Care earlier this year, provides services for individuals and their families who are facing life-threatening illness and grief. Services include palliative care that provides practical, emotional, social and spiritual support, bereavement and grief programs for all ages, support for caregivers and education. The labyrinth will help Hospice to incorporate nature into its compassionate focus for patients, staff, volunteers, supporters and the community.
Previous Days of Caring
TD Canada Trust employees spearheaded our first Day of Caring event by painting the back porch of the local Red Cross building. Several businesses provided tools, ladders and paint for the project.
The second Day of Caring was led by Kailob Quibell and powered by a local landscaper, cabinet maker, RBC Financial employees and 22 business partners. This extraordinary team produced a stunning tactile garden and backyard makeover for clients at a local Community Living residence.
The 2009 Day of Caring married several local partners to help a group of youth improve their neighbourhood by building a basketball court. Each household received a basketball and the Youth Action Group received special T-Shirts. This project took place in a social housing setting. These young people developed a sense of empowerment and gained many lessons over the nearly two years they have been meeting. They have learned to set agendas, take minutes, conduct meetings, advocate for themselves and lobby government and local agencies. This will have life-long impacts for these youth.