Today, charities across the country will be working with leading HR consulting firm Mercer, as part of its new Canadian initiative, Mercer ‘Good Day’. The goal of Mercer’s first annual ‘Good Day’ is to support the communities in which it works, encouraging employee volunteerism by offering a day for employees to lend a helping hand to a variety of not-for-profit organizations.
The following is a snapshot of the ‘Good Day’ volunteering experiences that Mercer employees are participating in across Canada:
- Ottawa: Mercer employees will do a backyard makeover for The Family House, an important community hub in the Foster Farm community housing neighbourhood. The United Way and Ottawa Community Housing provide support to Foster Farm, a social housing community in Ottawa’s west end.
- Calgary: Mercer employees will help harvest fresh vegetables at Grow Calgary and deliver these to local agencies. Grow Calgary is a fully volunteer-run organization that provides fresh produce to Compassionate Food Access Agencies in Calgary.
- London: Mercer employees will help prepare and serve meals at St. Joseph’s Hospitality London, a drop-in centre that provides daily meals to those in need. The organization has been serving the community since the early 1980s.
- Toronto: In partnership with United Way, Mercer employees will be participating in a number of projects across the city at a variety of charitable organizations.
- Montreal: Mercer employees will do urban agriculture and clean the shoreline with Heritage Laurentien to help protect and enhance the natural habitats of the Laurentian.
- Regina: Employees will be donating food items, sorting food donations and making up the food hampers at the Regina Food Bank. The Regina Food Bank is a charitable community-based organization that is working towards eliminating hunger through food distribution, education and support programs .
Mercer has been part of the Canadian community since 1937, helping local employers advance the health, wealth and careers of their most vital resource – their people. As an organization focused on supporting Canada’s workforce, growing and building local communities is a natural extension of Mercer’s work.
“We want to ensure that every one of our colleagues has the opportunity to make a collective contribution,” said Louis Gagnon, CEO, Mercer Canada. “We want our people to step out of the office, leave behind their computers, mobiles devices, unplug from work and email and make a difference in the communities in which we live and work.”
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