How does your workplace support United Way CKL?
For over 20 years, VCCS Employment Services has been a supporter of the United Way. 100% of our staff contribute to the United Way through weekly payroll deductions. In addition, our agency forms an annual United Way committee that organizes various fundraisers throughout the year. We also hold our annual silent auction in partnership with employers throughout the community who donate items for auction to raise funds. Over the years many of our staff have made it a tradition to volunteer or participate in fundraising events held by other United Way agencies including the Crayola Sale, Big Brothers & Sisters Bowling for Kids and the Sign Painting workshop held by the John Howard Society to name a few.
Why do you support the United Way CKL?
As an organization that supports people to find employment, we work very closely with other community programs and services to ensure that our clients can access the additional support they need. Many of our community partners also receive support from the United Way. We see first-hand the positive impact that accessible day care, children & youth programs, counselling, mentorship, housing, food and health programs have on our clients. Through the United Way, community networks become stronger, individuals and families are supported, and individuals can take next steps towards achieving their employment goals.
What would you say to inspire other workplaces to support United Way CKL?
As an employer and a supporter of the United Way, we as a collective staff team are committed to giving back to the community in which we work and live. We share in the success of our clients, when they feel supported in their own community. It is of great value to be a part of a strong network of organizations that help build community and lives. Through our various fundraising efforts, we have enjoyed the social and recreational activities that have fostered teamwork and relationships among our staff. Having fun and working towards a great cause brings us closer together.