For more than 100 years, United Way branches across Canada have worked to create opportunities for everyone in our communities to live a better life. That’s why for more than 50 years, we have continued to partner with the United Way to support the communities where we live, work and operate.
Each year, our employees enthusiastically come together to support their communities, and the people that live in them through Day of Caring events, auctions and fundraisers, and 2019 was no exception with nearly $3.3 million dollars raised to support and build vibrant, healthy communities.
Thanks to all those involved in the 2019 Imperial and ExxonMobil Canada United Way campaigns. Your time, donations and dedication has made positive change to improve resiliency in our local communities.
Check out these highlights from our 2019 campaigns across Canada:
$3.3. million dollars
raised to support and build vibrant, healthy communities
It was a monumental year for our Strathcona Refinery, as it was their 50th anniversary of United Way partnership. In addition to this huge milestone, Strathcona saw an impressive 91 percent participation rate among employees, and received a city-wide award from United Way for “Leaders of the Way”, which is awarded to companies that have 25 percent or more of employees that donate at least $1200.
As the largest funder of the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton campaign, our Sarnia Refinery annually generates nearly 25 percent of the $1.9 million overall target. In addition, Sarnia saw a five percent uptick in participation from previous years, and successfully raised $40,000 through its online fundraising auction.
Last year, our Toronto employees dedicated their time and energy to support the community. Employees held a product drive and delivered hygiene kits to Blue Door Shelters, which supports 1,300 people by providing a safe place to stay to reduce the impact of homelessness. The Toronto team also dedicated their time to supporting the Red Cross Toronto Region Mobile Food Bank.
Our Calgary based employees were busy organizing and attending 87 Days of Caring events. Our Calgary United Way campaign doubled their volunteer participation from 2018 with 700 employees taking part, resulting in a total of 3,000 volunteer hours. This dedication earned our Calgary team a Spirit of Volunteerism nomination.
Employees at the ExxonMobil Canada Moncton office showed their generosity and commitment to volunteering, resulting in an overall increase of $7,000 from 2018. Chair Sarah Colwell recognition of Outstanding Corporate Employee Campaign Coordinator Award.
The Nanticoke office had a busy and engaged 2019 campaign. Employees from the refinery took part in local volunteer events such as the “Stuff the Bus” event, which provides backpacks filled with new school supplies to over 600 students in need across Haldimand Norfolk. Thanks to the enthusiasm of employees at our Nanticoke office, they were able to surpass their campaign goal of $80,000.
The ExxonMobil Canada Newfoundland office believe that small heroic acts make a big difference by calling on everyday employee heroes to attend and participate in events, make pledges and help United Way save the day. Thanks to all these everyday employee heroes, the Newfoundland office raised more than $200,000.
Our Sable team held a hugely successful United Way auction raising more than $81,000. Proceeds were split between the United Way of Pictou County and the United Way of Halifax to help make a difference in the lives of local community members. Auction proceeds combined with employee donations and corporate contributions resulted in a total of $124,000.