Allstate Canada Group and its employees care deeply about the wellbeing of people and organizations across Canada, and we are proud to support them as they give back to their communities.
Although the current pandemic has not always allowed our employees to volunteer in a traditional manner, many have decided to get creative. These Big Small Acts of Kindness are examples of simple things that many people can do and might make a big impact for those in need. As an example, here is the story of one of our employees:
Name of Employee: Ray Eady
Job Title: Business Development Agent
Number of Years at Allstate Canada Group of Companies: 19
Charity/Organization Supported: Children and families’ in Cornwall
- Tell us the story of how you got started raising funds for youth to receive meals at school. During the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, I was approached by the owners of a local grocery store in Cornwall, to help raise money for a breakfast and lunch program for students who did not have immediate access to food. So, by working with the Kinsmen Club of Cornwall, we were able to raise funds for the school’s breakfast and lunch programs to help deliver them to those in-need.
- Why are you passionate about this cause? I’ve seen first-hand the impact this pandemic has had on individuals who may have been struggling to help support their families. Knowing how important it is to have a good meal each day, it was a cause I felt that I could help support.
- What does volunteerism mean to you? To me volunteerism is a way to work with others who share the same passion for helping individuals who may need support. I personally enjoy volunteering because I feel a sense of accomplishment and fulfilment knowing that I was able to lend a helping hand.
- How has your volunteerism adapted to COVID? Like many people, I’ve had to rely on our digital capabilities to give back. As a secretary with the Kinsmen Club of Cornwall, I’ve used my platform to address any fundraising and giving opportunities during our bi-weekly Zoom meetings. These meetings have been productive as it allowed us to come together virtually to brainstorm ways we can help our local community.
- What advice would you give to people looking to volunteer but don’t know how to get started? It’s not as difficult as it may seem. It can be as simple as asking a friend or family member if they need you to run an errand for them (especially seniors who may not be able to travel to their local grocery store to pick up supplies). You can check on a neighbour, or ask your child’s school if there are volunteer opportunities. These small acts of kindness can go a long way. You never know how a little act can improve someone’s day.
- What are you hoping to accomplish in 2021 with other businesses/organizations? During 2021 I hope that we can once again come together to raise funds for Thanksgiving dinners at local foodbanks across Canada.
To read more about his story with children and families in Cornwall, click the link here.