Putting the FUN in fundraising to help youth ‘dodge’ a lifetime of poverty

[Softchoice’s Jen Wood raised $1,425.00 to help homeless youth dodge a lifetime of poverty through a  fun game of classic schoolyard dodgeball!]

Back in April, the Softchoice Cares Board gave ‘Power 2 the People’ by encouraging employees to nominate a local charity that has impacted their lives. The Softchoice Cares Board allocated a pool of $25,000 to match every dollar raised from events held by contestants or employees who wanted to support their cause. The board also announced that the host who raised the most money and created the most engagement would receive an additional $15,000 for their chosen charity, with second place receiving $7,500 and third $2,500.

Jen Wood, a Human Resources Analyst at Softchoice in Toronto, became involved with Youth Without Shelter last year and she was introduced by a friend who was volunteering with the shelter at the time. He showed her an emotionally-charged video that featured a young man who lost everything and fell victim to a life fueled by addiction. Youth Without Shelter (YWS), a homeless shelter in Etobicoke, offered him free shelter and access to professional development workshops, tools and counselling support to help him get back on his feet. [Read more…]

Softchoice Cares 2009/10 Board

The Softchoice Cares board comprises of full-time employees that volunteer their time for board duties. Their board duties depend on their roles and all members of the board are expected to volunteer a minimum of 2 hours a week for their board duties, on top of their responsibilities in the company. The board has employees from all areas of Softchoice and geographically located across the United States of America and Canada. The board has regular biweekly conference calls to manage all the initiatives.

The board makes decision based on a Majority Vote (at least 51% of the members rule in favor). Should a board member feel strongly against the majority, they have [Read more…]