December 23, 2016
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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December 22, 2016
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
We are so grateful you are a part of the BB4CK Community! Your support changes lives – you provide lunch to hungry kids, giving them the opportunity to grow, learn, and play. Thank you for the difference you make! Wishing you the most joyful holiday season and looking forward to seeing you in 2017.
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December 14, 2016
Searching for wonderful gifts to share with your friends and family this year? Some of our awesome friends are helping to feed and care for Calgary kids with some great items and experiences:
#GiftALunch! Give a gift in honour of a loved one that will change the life of a child in our city. $20 provides one child with lunch for a month, $60 purchases jam for sandwiches for one week, $120 purchases ham for ham and cheese sandwiches for two days, and $200 provides start-up supplies to a new group of volunteers in the community. You can give a gift in any amount you choose, every dollar helps ensure every Calgary child has a healthy lunch at school!
When visiting J.Webb Wine Merchant Ltd. at the Calgary Farmer’s Market location check out their Squashing Hunger collaboration with Trolley 5! $1.00 from every howler and $2.00 from every growler of Charlie Brown Pumpkin Beer is donated to BB4CK.
When out for a meal check the menu for Mealshare items! When a customer orders a Mealshare item, they get their meal, and also help provide one meal to a youth in need! Find the full list of Calgary Mealshare Partner restaurants here.
Get your tickets for PlateSwap! On January 20, 2017 top chefs from around the world come together to create interpretations of each others’ signature dishes with event proceeds benefiting BB4CK! Tickets at email@example.com.
December 5, 2016
Our Early Bird volunteers join us in the kitchen Monday to Thursday mornings between 7 and 9 am to assist in preparing for the lunch-making that will occur that day. Volunteers might be making tuna or egg salad sandwich fillings, slicing meat and cheese, cleaning and prepping the tables, pre-packing the lunch bins or getting a head start on sandwiches! Two of our incredible Early Bird volunteers are Tania and Keanan and we are happy to feature what they shared about their volunteer experience with BB4CK:
“Keanan and I help make lunches on Wednesday mornings! We try to come in every Wednesday from 7-9am to help, our duties are usually setting up the tables with bread and all the items to make sandwiches, and then actually making the meat and cheese sandwiches! It’s a ton of fun and it’s been the same group of core volunteers for a while so it’s a comforting environment to be in. The music in the background adds to the fun as well!
We have volunteered with BB4CK for just over a year now, we both moved here from Toronto for jobs and thought it would be nice to give back when we can. When we moved here we researched volunteer organizations in Calgary, and this one really stood out. It shows sometimes how sheltered you can be – we really didn’t even know there were children going to school without lunches. It hurts your heart when you learn about something like this and it’s only natural to want to help. This is such an important cause and it helps to know we can make a difference in a small way. There is no one more deserving of our time than children in need.
The core volunteers on Wednesday mornings are so much fun and there’s music playing and lots of people working to help out. Everyone is so committed and it shows you how important it is to all of us. We were surprised to learn that we actually really like making sandwiches!!! It’s so different than our day jobs and most of the regular volunteers have been around a while so it’s like a big happy family. We joke and laugh a lot and it’s our favourite part about Wednesdays!”
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