Volunteers will serve the community during week-long company effort
TORONTO, May 18 /CNW/ - Capital One Canada associates this week will
join their colleagues in the United States and the United Kingdom in a
week of volunteer activities as part of the company's 'One Week'
associate volunteer initiative. Capital One's 'One Week' program will
run May 15-21, encompassing more than 140 volunteer opportunities in
Canada. Capital One Canada associates will partner with local
nonprofits that serve thousands of residents through a variety of
community service projects.
As part of 'One Week,' Capital One Canada volunteers helped The
Children's Storefront with exterior painting and rebuilding, as well as
organization projects. The Children's Storefront recently reopened in a
new location in February following a devastating fire in 2009 that
destroyed the building and its contents. Capital One Canada supported
the Children's Storefront's reopening with an $80,000 donation, which
was instrumental in allowing the organization to build out a new space
that includes an indoor play area and community kitchen. Since 1975,
the Children's Storefront has played a vital role in the community,
offering free services accessible to families with young children in
the Annex neighbourhood of Toronto.
"Capital One Canada is proud to support The Children's Storefront and
its mission to provide support to parents and young children through a
warm, unstructured play environment," said Laurel Ostifield,
spokesperson at Capital One Canada. "Our 'One Week' initiative is meant
to bring together the time and talents of thousands of our associates
to make an impact on our communities during one week, but our efforts
don't stop there. Our associates are actively engaged in
company-sponsored volunteer activities throughout the year."
Also in Toronto, Capital One Canada associates will help build the
Spiral Garden Camp at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital -
a summer camp facility for the young patients at the hospital and
members of the community - prepare for summer. Associates will help
create a unique space where children can take part in gardening, drama,
arts projects, water play and nature education. A team of Capital One
Canada associates also raised funds for the hospital through
participation in the Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon's 5K Run/Walk
this past Sunday.
"Capital One Canada has been a dedicated corporate partner to Holland
Bloorview for several years. We are delighted to have their employees
volunteer with us as part of this exciting summer camp program for kids
with special needs," said Robyn Sanford, Recreation Program
Coordinator, Holland Bloorview. "Capital One employees will be
instrumental in preparing the Spiral Garden Camp, an integral part of
Holland Bloorview, for the summer sessions and will help us in our
mission to create a world of possibility for children with
Additional Volunteer Efforts
During 'One Week,' Capital One Canada associates will participate in
several projects to address the needs of local communities. Other
Working with Second Harvest in Toronto to organize an internal food
drive, ride along with a group of dedicated volunteers to collect and
redistribute food, and sort perishable food items at its main site;
Giving a credit education presentation for at-risk youth in partnership
with the National Junior Golf Academy - Youth Development Centre in the
Jane Finch neighbourhood of Toronto;
Cleaning up and painting Burrows Hall Public School in Scarborough.
As a local business leader, Capital One Canada is committed to giving
our children a strong foundation to succeed in life. We focus our
community involvement activities in organizations and institutions that
support financial education and social development for youth in the
communities where we operate. 'One Week' is just one way that the
company strives to make a positive impact locally.
About Capital One
Located in Toronto, Ontario, Capital One has offered Canadian consumers
a range of competitive MasterCard credit cards since 1996, when the
company first introduced the Platinum MasterCard in Canada. Capital One
Canada is a division of Capital One Bank, a subsidiary of Capital One
Financial Corporation of McLean, Virginia (NYSE: COF).
SOURCE Capital One Services, Inc.
For further information:
Laurel Ostfield 416-549-2753