AGRITEAM GIVES BACK

In addition to supporting many local organizations in countries where we work, Agriteam’s Charitable Donation Committee administers donations on behalf of Agriteam to local and international charitable organizations and causes nominated by Agriteam staff and members. The Committee also organizes the hosting and participation of staff in charitable events including food drives, fun runs, golf tournaments, and other community events. Agriteam employees also actively donate and volunteer for many different charities, community organizations and worthy causes.

For more information on Agriteam’s charitable activities, email info@agriteam.ca

Corporate Donations ($ annually)

Volunteer Hours (annually)

Causes We Support

Homelessness
Agriteam is committed to supporting the most vulnerable in our community. For the past several years, staff in the Calgary Office have served meals at The Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre (The DI), spending one evening each month plating dinner for The DI’s clientele and preparing breakfast cereal bowls and juice glasses for the following morning.  Open 365 days a year, twenty-four hours a day, the DI’s emergency shelter serves more than 3,000 meals every day.  Similarly, the Ottawa-Gatineau Office has been a long-time supporter of the Ottawa Mission and the Shepherds of Good Hope with corporate fundraisers, in-kind donations of toiletries and other basic necessities, and staff-funded Easter hams and Christmas turkeys.  Both organizations serve Ottawa’s homeless population providing much-needed food, shelter, clothing and a wide variety of specialized programs and services ranging from addiction treatment, to education and job training, to housing services and medical/dental care.
Children & Youth
Agriteam has been a long-time supporter of the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa – an organization that reaches 4,500 children and youth through after-school, weekend and summer programs – with staff-purchased toys distributed to children in need ahead of the Christmas season every year. Most recently, Agriteam contributed to the Birdies for Kids Shaw Charity Classic in support of the EvenStart for Children Foundation of Calgary. Since 2013, the Shaw Charity Classic has raised more than $22.1 million in support of 180 children and youth-based charities across Alberta. Other child/youth oriented organizations that have received support from Agriteam, either in the form of corporate donations or volunteer staff time, include KidSport, the Snowsuit Fund of Ottawa, the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa, L’Appart-Adojeune in Gatineau, Kamp Kiwanis in Calgary, and the Lotus Children’s Centre in Mongolia.
Gender Equality & Women's Empowerment
Advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women are integral to Agriteam’s work. Staff in the Ottawa-Gatineau Office have been long-time supporters of Youville Centre, a non-profit, registered charity that provides services for adolescent mothers and their children. Agriteam also supports Interval House which provides safe shelter and support for victims of abuse including intervention and prevention services as well as advocacy to break the cycle of violence. Over the years, staff have volunteered for a variety of Youville Centre and Interval House events, including preparing Christmas gift packages for young mothers and organizing fundraising campaigns. Similarly, Agriteam’s Calgary Office has supported various initiatives with Sonshine Community Services, a 24-unit centre providing second-stage shelter spaces for women and children fleeing violence in the City. Staff have cleaned and painted units, provided gardening services and sponsored children for the Christmas holidays
Veterans & Service Personnel
For many years, Agriteam has proudly supported the Royal Canadian Legion Veterans Services Network which offers programs, resources and referrals to support Veteran health, transition to civilian life, and financial assistance and well-being. In addition to cash contributions, staff from both Offices have donated non-perishable food items to the Veteran’s Food Bank every year, participating in a friendly competition to see which Office can collect the most weight in food donations. Agriteam is also a long-time supporter of Canadian Fallen Heroes, a non-profit organization that aims to honour the 117,000 Canadian military personnel that died in war time with commemorative memorial prints.
Healthcare
Agriteam supports a wide range of health-related charities including the Heart & Stroke Foundation’s annual giving campaign and the Canadian Cancer Society’s Run for the Cure, the largest single-day, volunteer-led event in Canada. With nearly 100,000 participants, the event raises over $17 million annually in communities across Canada. Staff in both Offices are also involved a number of community-based organizations offering health programs and resources, such as the Developmental Disabilities Resource Centre of Calgary, which supports children and adults living with disabilities; Kids Cancer Care, which supports families in Alberta at each stage of the cancer journey; and Hospice Care Ottawa, which offers palliative and end-of-life programs and services for people living in the City of Ottawa.
Natural Disaster Response
Agriteam has a long history of supporting communities affected by natural disasters. When a devastating earthquake struck the mountainous region of southwestern China in 2008, Agriteam quickly mobilized to organize a staff-led garage sale with all proceeds – more than $1,000 – going directly to local charities supporting relief efforts in and around Sichuan Province. Similarly in 2017, when a sudden and abnormal warming of Pacific waters off Peru unleashed one of the most destructive El Niño downpours in decades, Agriteam staff in Canada and Peru took up a collection to support those affected by the resulting flooding, including a long-standing Agriteam employee whose house was completely under water.

Recent EVENTS

Sandwich Making Day

September 2018

Every day, homeless shelters across Canada serve thousands of bagged lunches to members of the homeless community. On Wednesday September 12th, Agriteam staff volunteered their lunch hours to prepare sandwiches in support of the Calgary Drop In Centre and the Ottawa Mission’s bagged lunch programs. In total, 370 turkey, ham, chicken, roast beef, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were prepared between the two Offices. In addition to the sandwiches, Agriteam also contributed bags of jujubes, which will be used by Ottawa Mission counselors to treat withdrawal symptoms as part of their addiction recovery programming.

Dress for Success Clothing Drive

July 2018

Throughout the month of July, Agriteam held a women’s clothing drive in support of Dress for Success, an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. In total, 10 garment boxes filled with blazers, trousers, dresses, shoes, handbags, jewelry and other accessories were collected by staff across the two Offices. In addition to the clothing drive, Agriteam also made cash donations to Dress for Success – in Ottawa-Gatineau, the funds will be used to cover the cost of personal wardrobe consultations, suiting, tailoring and accessories for five local women, while in Calgary a pilot outreach program with a selection of high schools will be launched, creating pop-up opportunities for female students to obtain clothing for their working experience.

Farm Radio International African Harvest Dinner

June 2018

This past June Agriteam joined Farm Radio International for a night of food and fun in support of small-scale farmers across Africa. Guests enjoyed authentic Ethiopian cuisine, entertainment and a silent auction at the historical Moore Farm Estate — featuring a beautiful view of the Ottawa River and rural surroundings. More than $22,700 was raised at the 2018 event, making it Farm Radio’s most successful African Harvest yet!

Agriteam Supports Ottawa Food Bank

April 2018

On Friday April 13th a team from Agriteam’s Gatineau office participated in the 6th Annual Food Sort Challenge in support of the Ottawa Food Bank. Teams were challenged to sort and package donated food as quickly as possible, and Agriteam came out in first place with a time of 15 minutes and 44 seconds!

In total, 48 teams sorted through 48,000 lbs of food while fundraising for the Ottawa Food Bank. As the grand prize winners, Agriteam received a family-style dinner for 10 from Craft Beer Market, an Escape Room experience from Escape Manor, and our name officially plated on the Food Sort Challenge Trophy. Details can be found here.

We would like to thank the Ottawa Food Bank, Escape Manor, Hot 89.9 and Progressive Shift for hosting this great event.

www.ottawafoodbank.ca

Alberta Wilderness Association’s Climb for Wilderness

April 2018

In honour of Earth Day, Agriteam’s own Alex Schumacher climbed 660 stairs for the Alberta Wilderness Association’s (AWA) 2018 Climb for Wilderness Challenge. This annual event aims to increase public awareness of wilderness, wildlife and wild water in Alberta combined with the athletic challenge of climbing to the top of Calgary’s Bow Building. Attracting more than 1,000 individual participants and 150 volunteers annually, this year’s Climb for Wilderness Challenge raised nearly $100,000 in support of AWA’s conservation work.

Victim Solidarity Day in Colombia

April 2018

April 9 marked the National Remembrance and Victim Solidarity Day in Colombia; a day which is reserved to commemorate victims of the Colombian conflict, the longest internally-armed conflict on the continent. Every year on this day, municipalities across the country mobilize to remember victims through artistic, musical, and academic expressions. This year, Agriteam was invited to participate and contribute in Orito, Putumayo. Approximately 42.5% of the total population in Putumayo is considered to have suffered the consequences of the armed conflict and a considerable number of displaced Putumayesenses remain without access to the most basic of resources. Through a contribution made by Agriteam to Orito, we stand in solidarity with the people of Putumayo as they take important steps in creating long-lasting and stable peace.

AGRITEAM SUPPORTS

Click on the following images to find out more about some of the charitable causes supported by Agriteam