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.
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Corporate Donations ($ annually)
Volunteer Hours (annually)
Causes We Support
Children & Youth
Gender Equality & Women's Empowerment
Veterans & Service Personnel
Natural Disaster Response
Sandwich Making Day
Every day, homeless shelters across Canada serve thousands of bagged lunches to members of the homeless community. On Wednesday, October 16th, Agriteam staff volunteered their lunch hours to prepare sandwiches in support of the Ottawa Mission and bagged lunches to support the Calgary Drop In Centre. In total, 250 turkey, chicken and cheese sandwiches were prepared, and 142 bags were filled with juice and three items (cookies, granola bars, sesame snaps etc.).
Ottawa MUDGIRL Run
On August 24th, Agriteam staff from the Gatineau Office participated in the Ottawa MUDGIRL Run, a 5km obstacle race involving mud pits, cargo nets, teeter-totters, climbing walls and inflatable slides. The race tests team cohesion, endurance and spirit, with many participants running the course dressed in pink to support breast cancer awareness. Since 2017, MUDGIRL has raised over $160,000 in support of breast cancer research and services. A cash donation was also made to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation on behalf of the Agriteam MUDGIRL Runners.
World Environment Day
To recognize World Environment Day (June 5th), Agriteam staff took to the parks and pathways of Gatineau and Calgary. Staff in the Gatineau Office supported the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, a national conservation program, by collecting 10 garbage bags full of coffee cups, food containers, plastic bottles and cigarette butts in the Place du Portage area of Hull. Staff in the Calgary Office participated in the City of Calgary’s Pathway and River Cleanup, an annual event dating back to 1967, picking up garbage along a 3km stretch of the Elbow River. Cash donations were also made to Pollinator Partnership Canada to support the protection and promotion of bees and other pollinators, and to the Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary for the treatment and care of injured and orphaned mammals and reptiles.
Agriteam Supports Ottawa Foodbank
On May 3rd, the East Wing participated in the 7th annual Food Sort Challenge in support of the Ottawa Food Bank which works with over 100 local partners to create a healthier city, increase access to healthy food, and advocate for systemic changes that reduce food insecurity. At the event teams were challenged to sort and package one tonne of donated food within half an hour. In total, 50+ teams sorted through more than 50,000 lbs of food and raised over $29,000 in support of the Ottawa Food Bank!
Janus Academy Spring Gala
Agriteam has been a long-time supporter of the Janus Academy, a Calgary-based non-profit organization that operates an independent school for children and youth with autism, a summer camp and a community day program for adults on the autism spectrum. On March 9th, Agriteam supported the Janus Academy’s signature fundraising event – the “Janus in Bloom” Spring Gala and Charity Auction – to raise funds and awareness for autism. More than $134,000 was raised at this year’s event for specialized education for children and youth with autism.
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Agriteam Celebrates International Women’s Day
In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8th, staff from both offices wore purple and collected clothing, toiletries and toys in support of two local women’s organizations: Sonshine Community Services, a leading social service provider for women and children fleeing family violence in the Calgary area, and the Youville Centre, a non-profit, registered charity serving adolescent mothers and their children in the Ottawa Valley. As part of the festivities, staff in the Calgary Office ‘spruced up’ the Youville Centre’s waiting area to make it more welcoming for new clients.
Calgary Icebreaker Polar Dip Challenge
On January 1st, Agriteam’s own Bernie Potvin took part in the 10th annual Calgary Icebreaker Polar Dip challenge to raise funds and awareness for victims of human trafficking. More than $95,000 was raised in this year’s Polar Dip in support of the work of the SA Foundation which provides long-term housing, recovery and training for women and children escaping human trafficking and sexual exploitation worldwide. Agriteam is proud to have sponsored Bernie and his team “Old Guys In Action” who have taken part in the Polar Dip challenge for the past 10 years!
Agriteam Supports Retirement Home in Nicaragua
In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8th, staff from both offices wore purple and collected clothing, toiletries and toys in support of two local women’s organizations: Sonshine Community Services, a leading social service provider for women and children fleeing family violence in the Calgary area, and the Youville Centre, a non-profit, registered charity serving adolescent mothers and their children in the Ottawa Valley. As part of the festivities, staff in the Calgary Office ‘spruced up’ one of the Sonshine suites to create a safe and comfortable space for women and children, while staff in the Gatineau Office participated in a ‘clean up’ of the Youville Centre’s waiting area to make it more welcoming for new clients.
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Children and Youth Programming
Throughout the month of December, Agriteam generously supported two community based organizations serving children and youth. Staff at the Gatineau Office held a gift drive as part of the Boys and Girls Club’s Angel Tree Program and distributed toys to children in need (aged 6 to 18) ahead of the Christmas season. In turn, the Calgary Office contributed to Inn from the Cold, an organization that provides shelter, sanctuary and healing to homeless children and their families in the Calgary area.
Support for Veterans
Throughout the month of November, Agriteam celebrated Canada’s veterans through ﬁnancial contributions to the Canadian Fallen Heroes Foundation, a non-profit organization that honours Canadian military personnel with commemorative memorial prints, and a food drive in support of the Veterans Association Food Bank of Calgary. In total, more than $300 in donations, as well as three large boxes of canned goods, groceries and other non-perishables were raised for the Veterans Association’s Hamper Program.
Bowlathon for Canadian Cancer Society
On Friday October 12th Agriteam organized a bowlathon fundraiser in support of the Canadian Cancer Society in memory of the son of one of our colleagues who recently passed away.
In total, more than 90 bowlers participated in the event and $6,730.00 was raised for the Calgary and Ottawa Chapters of the Cancer Society. 100% of donations will go towards supporting CCS programs and research in both cities.
We would like to thank everyone who made this evening possible, in particular Agriteam for sponsoring the event as well as all of the local businesses who donated to the silent auction and of course the bowlers themselves!
Sandwich Making Day
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
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
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
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.
Alberta Wilderness Association’s Climb for Wilderness
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 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.
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