Syncrude CEO Mark Ward congratulates the Centre of Hope's Stephen Bryant and Barbara Rex after announcing them as Give with Heart $25,000 recipients.
Give with Heart
“It’s a tremendous honour to receive this donation. It says a lot that Syncrude employees voted to give it to us,” said Stephen Bryant, Centre of Hope executive director.
Syncrude employees voted to donate $25,000 to the Centre of Hope in their annual Give with Heart campaign.
Employees chose the Centre of Hope after two rounds of balloting. In the first vote, employees selected five non-profit groups from a long list of organizations that received a grant from the Good Neighbours program. In the second round of voting, the Centre of Hope received the most votes among the five finalists.
“It’s a tremendous honour to receive this donation. It says a lot that Syncrude employees voted to give it to us,” said Stephen Bryant, the Centre of Hope’s executive director. “The people who volunteer here see the passion of our team at working to end homelessness in Wood Buffalo.”
The Centre provides services and programming to help the homeless in the region, including housing placements, laundry services, showers and mail delivery.
The four remaining finalists – Santas Anonymous, the Fort McMurray Chinese-Canadian Cultural Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Sanatan Mandir Cultural Society of Fort McMurray – each received a $5,000 grant from Syncrude. Grants of $2,500 were also awarded to a non-profit organization in both Edmonton and Calgary.
Syncrude gives $500 to an eligible non-profit group when an employee or retiree volunteers at least 40 hours in a year and applies for a grant. The Good Neighbours program distributed $285,000 in volunteer grants to 81 non-profit groups in 2014. That included $104,000 going to community groups to help offset the cost of travel to out-of-town events such as sports tournaments.
Syncrude donates about $6 million annually to different groups, projects and events through its community investment program to improve the quality of life in communities where its employees work and live.
Employees direct $50,000 through Give with Heart campaign
Just like it takes a family to make a house feel like a home, it takes devoted people to make a city feel like a community. Syncrude employees and retirees give countless hours to make the communities our employees live and work in a better place.
“We recognize and support these efforts through our Good Neighbour Program grants to the organizations our employees and retirees contribute their time,” says Tara Abraham, Community Investment Advisor. “Their dedication adds up to make substantial positive changes in our communities.”
Last year more than $285,000 in volunteer grants was distributed to about 80 non-profit groups thanks to more than 220 employees and retirees who volunteer. To celebrate these individuals, the Good Neighbours Give with Heart campaign gives Syncrude employees the opportunity to direct additional funds to deserving non-profit organizations.
“From July 27 to August 21, employees will vote for the charities closest to their hearts and at the end of the campaign, the top vote-getter will receive a $25,000 donation from Syncrude while the remaining four will receive $5,000 each,” says Tara, adding that 2015 marks the campaign’s fifth year running.
Over the years, many deserving organizations have received the top donation:
2014 - $25,000 winner, Fort McMurray SPCA - Click here to read the news release
Centre of Hope
Fort McMurray Chinese-Canadian Cultural Society
Fort McMurray Victim Services
Sanatan Mandir Cultural Society of Fort McMurray
Edmonton - Beaumont Ringette Association ($2,500)
Calgary – Cochrane Society for Housing Options ($2,500)
2013 - KidsForever
2012 - Fort McMurray SPCA
2011 - KidsForever
The Good Neighbour’s Give with Heart winner will be announced on Friday, August 28, after the reveal at Syncrude’s annual Good Neighbour’s Reception.
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