We ♥ our beautiful downtown neighbourhood!

For the 4th year, we helped our friends at the Downtown Winnipeg Biz with their wonderful Earth Day community cleanup.

Here’s our 2014 team (plus one Blue Bomber)! So happy to work with over 450 volunteers to collect an astonishing 2500 lbs of litter from Winnipeg streets. Just in time for a beautiful spring!

Our Earth Day cleanup team.

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Dream seats for the Bombers!

Some deserving youth in Winnipeg are going to be sharing in the excitement of the new stadium this season!

This year, MTS is generously donating 50 tickets for every regular season Bomber home game to a local youth serving agency through the United Way. To make sure they get the full stadium experience, they will be providing participating kids with cheer sticks, a hot dog and pop to snack on.  “As strong supporters of both the Bombers and United Way, MTS is pleased to be able to share the excitement around the upcoming season with some deserving young people in our community,” says Kelvin Shepherd, President of MTS.

The donation is a part of United Way’s Dream Seats program, which takes donated game tickets and puts them in the hands of kids in our community who might not otherwise have the chance to experience a professional hockey, football or baseball game.

Donations like these can open doors to new experiences, create lasting memories and, who knows, maybe even inspire the next Olympian or NHL player to come out of Winnipeg.

Go Bombers – and go MTS!

For more information on the Dream Seats program, click here.

A win for the community!

Blue Bombers Terrence Edwards and Marcellus Bowman present United Way Campaign Chair Doug Finkbeiner with a $5,000 donation

The Bombers kicked off the Banjo Bowl weekend by giving back to their community!

The Blue Bombers and United Way have a long history that’s included half-time events, player appearances and ticket partnerships, and financial support. This year, they once again presented United Way with a $5,000 donation as part of their Banjo Bowl activities.

“What you do in the community – it’s always a win,” said Jerry Maslowsky, Bomber Vice-President of Marketing and Brand Development, who presented the cheque along with players Marcellus Bowman & Terrence Edwards.

Thank you, Blue!

 

Warm Koats are the perfect “wrap” for 2011.

Bombers Doug Brown and Chris Cvetkovic sign autographs during a coat drive at the Bomber Store. The two were also joined by teammates Obby Khan and Steve Morley, and coach Paul LaPolice.

Bombers Doug Brown and Chris Cvetkovic sign autographs during a coat drive at the Bomber Store. The two were also joined by teammates Obby Khan and Steve Morley, and coach Paul LaPolice.

 

More than anyone, Winnipeggers understand the difference warm winter outerwear can make in a child’s life, particularly during the holidays when there are so many memories to be made: building a snowman, going on a sleigh ride, or simply walking in a winter wonderland.

That knowledge, together with a renowned spirit of caring and compassion, has had people in our city (and as far away as New York) rallying for several weeks now to help more than 1000 kids gear up for the season through United Way’s Koats for Kids program.

“In early December, a flurry of orders arrived with the first signs of snow and colder temperatures,” said Donna Albak, Koats for Kids manager. “We had absolutely no inventory and more than 1000 kids waiting for outerwear. We desperately needed donations.”

Winnipeggers responded with outstanding generosity:

  • More than 40 schools, businesses, community groups and sports teams held coat drives. (These are the ones we know about for sure – there are likely more) This includes the Province of Manitoba, which collected donations at its annual open house.
  • Several people and businesses donated cash – a total of $9000! This includes the Derksen group of companies, who donated $5500.
  • The Knights of Columbus, Valu Lots, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Gateway Bookbinding, K&K Manufacturing and Columbia Sportswear all donated brand new coats.

Even people from outside the city wore their hearts on the sleeves of donated outerwear, including Gillam School (who had help from Gardewine North to transport donations). Others were mailed all the way from New Jersey and New York.

Thanks to everyone who stepped up, Koats for Kids was able to fill every single request for outerwear made prior to the holidays, giving that many more kids an opportunity to create lasting memories during the winter break from school.

Special thanks to our Koats for Kids Partners for all their extra efforts during this busy time: CTV, Winnipeg Sun, 99.9 BOB FM, FAB 94.3, TSN 1290, Perth’s, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service and AMJ Campbell Van Lines. Thanks also to Modular Storage for providing temporary storage units to handle the extra donations.

Koats for Kids anticipates more requests in the new year and encourages Winnipeggers to continue donating gently used children’s outerwear. Any clothing left over in March will be stored until next season so we can hit the ground running.

Way to Go Bombers!

United Way and MTS team up to give kids a blue and golden opportunity.

It was a scorching summer day as temperatures topped 27 degrees. But the hot ticket was the Blue Bombers tailgate party in United Way’s parking lot at 580 Main Street.

Hosted by United Way’s GenNext Council, there were Minute to Win It style games, free Mac’s Frosters, and Smokin Bob’s selling delicious dogs (with a portion of the profits supporting United Way).

United Way and MTS team up to give kids a blue and golden opportunity

United Way and MTS team up to give kids a blue and golden opportunity

But the festivities were only a warm up to the main event, a special announcement from the Blue Bombers and MTS-a donation of 100 tickets to every Bomber home game that United Way will distribute to its youth serving agencies.

“MTS is a huge supporter of United Way and applauds the agency for everything it does for youth here in Manitoba and across Canada,” said Kelvin Shepherd, President, MTS. “As the home team telecommunications provider in Manitoba, we are always looking for ways to give back to the community and by partnering with the Blue Bombers, we will be able to provide young people and their families the opportunity to take part in a proud Winnipeg tradition.”

Now, almost 1000 local youth who would not perhaps have had the opportunity to attend a game will be able to cheer on the Blue Bombers from the new MTS Zone in section A at Canad Inns Stadium.

“These tickets are one more opportunity for United Way and our agency partners to keep kids active and engaged during the critical hours when they are not in school, a time when they might otherwise be exposed to negative influences,” said Scott Sime, Vice President of Marketing and Engagement at United Way. “United Way is extremely grateful to MTS and the Blue Bomber organization for giving kids and their families a chance to spend quality time together.”

Buck Pierce was also on hand. The Bombers quarterback has been visiting kids at United Way supported after-school programs all summer, passing along the message that like their sports heroes, with a little hard work they can achieve their goals.

“I just want to thank United Way and MTS for providing this chance for kids to come and experience a professional football game and to be up close and personal with the players in Section A,” he said. “It’s an experience they will never forget.”

And kids from Boys & Girls Clubs of Winnipeg, one of the organization that will benefit, got exactly that, suiting up in a limited edition t-shirt courtesy of MTS and ending the day by playing a friendly game of catch with the Bombers’ quarterback.

The Bombers score a touchdown for United Way!

During half-time of the Manitoba Lotteries Banjo Bowl game on Sunday, September 12, in front of a sold-out crowd of 29,833 fans at Canad Inns Stadium, the Bombers proved that they are as serious about meaningfully impacting the lives of all Winnipeggers, as they are about success on the gridiron.

Just in time for United Way of Winnipeg’s 2010 campaign kickoff, the Bombers presented campaign cabinet member Richard Olfert with a cheque for $5000.

Banjo Bowl Cheque Presentation.Their generous donation will help create opportunities for a better life for everyone through United Way. The Blue and Gold won big at the Banjo Bowl by beating their long-time rivals, the Saskatchewan Roughriders, 31-2. Winnipeggers can win big by following the Bombers’ lead and supporting United Way.

Thank you to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers organization for helping lead the way. Your generosity makes us all hometown winners. Go Blue!