Living our purpose by giving back to the community.
As the calendar draws into December, visions of holiday celebrations with loved ones, friends and colleagues start to fill our minds and schedules. We will all begin planning out the amazing meals we will share in the warmth of our homes, anticipate waking up Christmas morning to see the excitement in our children’s eyes as they sneak downstairs to see if Santa has made it yet, and spend the next few weeks making memories that will last a lifetime.
For some Calgarians, unfortunately, December is a heart-wrenching time of year. Many families are displaced from loved ones, do not have a place to call home, clothes on their back, or a warm meal to share. The simple things that we look forward to and will make happen, are not their reality.
That’s why here at Westcor, we believe in building a better community. It’s not about saying, it’s about doing that matters most to our people. Building a better world starts with the actions that each of us take to move our community forward.
During the month of December, our team members are focused on helping those in need make some of those special memories by volunteering at the Calgary Drop-In Centre. Small gestures can yield big results, and help be the difference in our neighbours lives.
The Calgary Drop-In Centre provides so much more than emergency shelter for Calgarians in need. They also work with their clients to facilitate access to health services, employment and education, as well as supporting potential access to independent living. While these are all things that many of us may not spend much of our day thinking about, there are those in our community that this is all they think about every single day.
If you have any questions about donating your time or joining us at the Drop-In Centre, please contact Bradley Morgan at Bradley.firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Following another successful community initiative during the month of October (Men’s clothing and hygiene pack drive for the Drop-In Centre) we are excited to announce that we are partnering with Samaritan’s Purse to support their highly reputed program, Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child began in 1990 when Dave and Jill Cooke of Wales were watching a television report about Romanian orphans. They asked: “How can we provide some joy to the real victims—the children—who live in these situations day after day?”
Take a second to think through your morning routine. You wake up, wash your face, brush your teeth, shave, put on deodorant, pick an outfit and get dressed. Chances are you don’t think too much about it, you just do it. Maybe you listen to music, drink coffee, or prepare your to-do list for the day. However you do it, your routine is your way of starting out the day on the right foot.
Now, imagine a part of that routine goes missing. Walking out the door wouldn’t feel the same. Unfortunately, this is a reality for hundreds of Calgarian men who lack basic clothing and hygiene products every single morning...
In September, we will partner with a signature partner, Dare to Care, to support their bullying prevention programs. We’ve partnered with Dare to Care because, like us, they believe in putting people first and building a better world.
We are also inviting our community to support our September Towel Drive. When we heard through our friends at move forward yycTM that the Mustard Seed is having a towel shortage, we knew it would be the perfect place to start...
Returning the Favour
We believe in the strength of community. Without the support of our community, friends and families, collaborators, and industry peers, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Throughout our years working to Build a Better World, we’ve learned the importance of giving back. We promote Corporate Social Responsibility, a business approach that contributes to sustainable development by delivering economic, social and environmental benefits for all. We focus our efforts on collaboration, reciprocity, and creating win-win scenarios to foster an environment of mutual understanding, growth, and fulfilment. We are proud to give back to the community that has helped shape who we are.
A few of the organizations we have proudly collaborated with over the years:
Calgary Construction Association
Canadian Construction Association
Alberta Construction Association
University of Calgary
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
Lean Construction Institute
Canadian Construction Innovations
Canada Green Building Council
Institute for BIM in Canada
Calgary Women in Construction
Young Construction Leaders
A selection of charities we have gratefully supported throughout the years:
Calgary Construction Associaton Education Fund
Calgary Flames Alumni Foundation
Calgary Health Trust
Calgary Herald Christmas Fund
Canadian Cancer Society
Canadian Liver Foundation
Child Find Canada
Community Drug Awareness
Heritage Christian Academy
Interfaith Food Bank
St. Joan of Arc School Playground Fund
Teen Challenge Canada
The Mustard Seed Ministry
Webber Academy Foundation
Brenda Strafford Foundation Ltd
Fort McMurray Family Crisis Society
Canadian Fallen Heroes Foundation