Richardson’s GenNext volunteers creating a brighter future for Winnipeg.

Richardson International is a key contributor to the United Way through its workplace campaign. During last year’s fall campaign kick-off, Richardson employees had the privilege of hearing Paul Lacap, a member of the Board of Trustees at United Way of Winnipeg, share his experiences with the organization.

In his address, Paul introduced Richardson to United Way’s GenNext initiative, whose main goal is to encourage younger people to become involved with the United Way and help their community.

Paul’s speech inspired Richardson employees to become involved in this great initiative. With Richardson already running one of the most successful United Way workplace fundraising campaigns in Western Canada, it seemed more fitting to base its GenNext contributions on volunteering time rather than raising money.

A core committee of 14 Richardson employees was quickly formed to spearhead the initiative with the main focus on finding quarterly United Way sponsored projects which are both rewarding and enjoyable to participate in.

The first opportunity selected by Richardson’s GenNext committee was the “Rudolph Red Tag Sale and Holiday Party”, a Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Winnipeg initiative.

At this event, children who might not otherwise be able to afford presents purchase donated items from anywhere from five to 25 cents to give to parents and siblings as Christmas gifts.

Twenty Richardson volunteers helped children select and wrap gifts and assist in the making of Christmas crafts. The excitement and enjoyment from all parties involved was infectious and Richardson’s first GenNext project was a huge success.

Richardson Rudolph Red Tag

Richardson’s GenNext pod wrapping gifts for the Rudolph Red Tag sale.

Richardson has since participated in two more day of caring events – RAY’s “Coldest Night of the Year” walk raising money for homeless youth and “Painting the Playroom” at the Wolseley Family Place.

Richardson volunteers.

Raising money for and awareness of youth homelessness in Winnipeg.

Richardson employees who have volunteered for the inaugural events have had a lot of fun connecting with colleagues while making a difference in our community—the pool of engaged employees continues to grow!

Richardson Painting

Richardson volunteers painting the playroom at Wolseley Family Place.

Richardson has reached out to its sister companies, Richardson GMP and Tundra Oil & Gas, to participate in the next event this fall and challenges other companies in Winnipeg to put forth the small time commitment necessary to organize their own GenNext initiative.

A little effort goes a long way to brighten our city’s future!

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