Volunteer day part of nation-wide program to donate work time to
MONTREAL, Sept. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - At its kick-off breakfast yesterday,
KPMG announced that its Montréal team of staff and professionals will be
donating one day of their time during normal work hours over the next four
weeks in support of a Montréal charity. Close to 650 employees will help out
at 12 charities, collectively donating the equivalent of two years of work.
"From washing windows to helping out at a food bank or serving meals to
the needy, employees will be pitching in and volunteering time during the work
day to make a difference," explained Nathalie Bernier, KPMG Office Managing
Partner in Montréal.
"KPMG Volunteers is a win-win situation," stated Michael Baratta, Chair
of the KPMG Volunteers Committee. "Employees gain an insight into the social
and economic challenges facing Montréalers, while learning the importance of
their contribution. As a firm we believe that individuals, working together,
can make a real difference improving and enriching our communities."
KPMG volunteer activities include:
- Serving meals to the homeless at L'Accueil Bonneau, The Old Brewery
Mission, Welcome Hall Mission and Club des petits déjeuners du Québec
- Preparing food baskets at Share the Warmth Foundation.
- Clean up at Fondation Sercan, Little Brothers of the Poor, The Montréal
Diet Dispensary and Le Chaînon.
- The sorting of fruits and vegetables at Moisson Montréal, a Montréal
- The sorting of materials at the Welcome Hall Mission.
- Window cleaning at Maison d'Hérelle.
- The preparation of food baskets at Sun Youth.
- Internet research of potential donors at Le Fonds Au Coeur de la Vie.
- The building of affordable housing with Habitat for Humanity.
- Office work at Missing Children's Network.
Speaking on behalf of the charities being supported by KPMG volunteers,
Sister Aurore Larkin, General Manager of L'Accueil Bonneau noted, "Montréalers
increasingly want to be part of an organization that goes beyond simply making
money to one that puts corporate social responsibility at the forefront of its
agenda and makes a greater contribution to the community in which they
operate. Initiatives such as this one not only lead to a greater understanding
of the challenges we face as a society, but also often serves as the catalyst
for a life time of volunteering."
According to a 2006 national survey by Imagine Canada, 49 per cent of
Canadian companies encourage volunteer activities during an employees' own
time and 22 per cent encourage employee volunteer activities during work
hours. As well, 57 per cent of employers provided non-monetary support for
their employees who engage in volunteer activities.
Each fall, KPMG's 34 offices across Canada designate a month to support
organizations of their choice in their community. This year activities take
place from September 17 to October 13, 2007. In 2006, close to 3,000 employees
donated 20,000 hours of paid time through activities with 115 charities across
KPMG Volunteers is part of the firm's Community Care program, which
supports employee volunteer efforts by accommodating their need for volunteer
time, providing financial support for volunteering and celebrating employees
who have made significant or unique contributions to charitable organizations
in their community through its annual CEO Community Excellence Awards.
About KPMG in Canada
KPMG LLP, a Canadian limited liability partnership established under the
laws of Ontario, is the Canadian member firm of KPMG, a global network of
professional firms providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. We operate in
144 countries and have more than 104,000 professionals working in member firms
around the world.
The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG
International, a Swiss cooperative. KPMG International provides no client
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