Earlier this year, InfoMine started We Care, a program where employees volunteer their time and make an impact together in the community. A core team of 4, including EduMine’s Principal Technical Writer, Beverlee Bishundayal, and Product Manager, Nina Albrecht, coordinate with charities and organizations that rely on volunteers’ help.
We Care initiatives include: sorting food and clothing at local foodbanks and crisis centres, cooking food or hosting games at a summer BBQ for a women’s shelter, and helping out at a Christmas party hosted by a charity for children in need. These activities take place in communities near our offices around the world in Canada, USA, Mexico, Peru, Australia, and South Africa. In the last 6 months, InfoMine employees have volunteered 340 hours through We Care.
As part of We Care, Kim Adams, our HR Solutions consultant, and I recently spent an afternoon at a retirement residence. As we rush through our work days, and even more so now with the holiday frenzy, it is so easy to forget about or even neglect the older generation living within our communities. While their bodies may be getting too frail to keep up with the rush, the people we spent time with that afternoon were hungry for knowledge on what is going on “out there” in mining.
I had prepared a one hour talk on the mining industry in Canada at the request of the Director of Recreation for the retirement residence. I’d been given a heads up that the concentration of most of the seniors might wane during the hour. But my experience was quite the opposite! The attention and engagement of the group of 30 individuals was equal to that of any other group I’ve talked to. And the gratitude and appreciation for Kim and my time far exceeded any other group too.
It feels good to change gear and take time to care.