In June of 2015, Crescent Point Energy softly launched their new internal volunteer program with a few volunteer dates making lunches at their head office’s kitchen. By September 2015, volunteers were meeting weekly to create lunches and the program continues to grow. Each Thursday a different group of Crescent Point employees meet in the office kitchen from 8:30 to 10:30 am. 5 to 10 volunteers make anywhere from 130 to 150 lunches and volunteer drivers deliver the lunches to youth at three schools in the community.
Darryl and Morgan manage the volunteer lunch program at Crescent Point. Darryl shares that the program is a really good fit for their team, “this resonates with a lot of people, it’s a really good cause. It supports kids, education, and a general necessity of life.” The program is fully funded by Crescent Point and fresh ingredients like meats, cheeses, fruits and snacks are provided by the company. The employees enjoy their role in both prepping and making lunches to help feed the kids Crescent Point cares for.
“The volunteers really like being able to volunteer at work and they get to see just how many lunches they’re making and how many kids they’re helping” says Morgan. “It’s a great team building opportunity” adds Darryl. The volunteer dates book up quickly by different departments and teams and the volunteers appreciate the ease of volunteering for a couple hours in the morning in their own office building. “You get ten team members together in a room making lunches, chatting and having fun. There is an aspect of togetherness and team building that is so valuable,” explains Darryl. Morgan adds, “in this size of company not everyone knows each other. This is a good way to interact as a team, while helping the community.”
“I don’t think everyone realizes the need, because they might not be around it,” says Darryl, “lots of people assume we are helping elementary kids and are surprised when they learn it is high school students we provide lunches for. There has been a lot of learning and increased awareness.” “The schools have shared with us that the students enjoy the different sandwiches and variety of lunch options. They look forward to Thursdays.” Says Morgan.
Darryl and Morgan’s advice for companies looking to begin their own internal volunteer program feeding kids in the community: “it is not that difficult to start and run this type of program and it is a great way to be in and support the community. There are lots of aspects of planning, such as organizing volunteers and working with the schools but it is worth it to see the impact you make. It is very little investment for a big impact.”
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