Otsuka volunteers had such a good time helping out in the community last year that they turned out in larger numbers for a repeat performance of their now-to-be-annual Community Day. In total there were 35 volunteers from head office, as well as five field employees in Calgary who volunteered that day.
Underlining the theme of helping others, “all the head office volunteers were given lunch by Otsuka, through The Hungry Box, a Montreal-based organization that donates one lunch to a homeless person for each meal purchased,” explained Kristina Ganten of Bromelin People Practices who organized the volunteer event on behalf of Otsuka, in collaboration with Volunteer West Island’s Corporate Volunteer Program.
Otsuka’s aim was for employee-volunteers to help at a location that matters to them. Volunteers lent a hand at Moisson Montreal, Welcome Hall Mission, WI Cancer Wellness Centre, Tyndale St-Georges Community Centre, and West Island Association for the Intellectually Handicapped.
Moisson Montreal is Canada’s largest food bank, a non-profit organization that gathers food donations and basic products all year and distributes them to community groups on the Island of Montreal. “Once again this year, we had an amazing group of volunteers for Moisson Montreal. We helped make 317 holiday food baskets for the needy in our community. Thank you to everyone for your enthusiasm and hard work ☺” – Caterina Sorbara
Welcome Hall Mission assists children, families, and individuals through its multiple services providing constant, effective assistance. Otsuka volunteers helped with the 50% off sale taking place at the Welcome Hall Boutique.
West Island Cancer Wellness Centre (WICWC) offers free services to those dealing cancer, supporting and complementing traditional medical practices. Otsuka volunteers emptied boxes, cleaning up after WICWC’s recent move to new premises.
Tyndale St-Georges Community Centre provides crucial support services and educational programs for residents of all ages. The Otsuka team made macaroni and cheese and baked cookies and biscuits for Tyndale’s popular after-school program.
The West Island Association for the Intellectually Handicapped (WIAIH) enhances the lives of people with intellectual disabilities or autism, providing support to families, developing innovative services, and sensitizing the community. Otsuka volunteers went to the Running Room to distribute race kits to runners participating in the 2016 Oka National Park Race benefiting WIAIH.
Volunteer West Island
It’s about time…
…time to help others
(Photos courtesy of Otsuka)