To support our local, national and international initiatives, we couldn’t do it without the hundreds of events run by employees across North America! Through a variety of activities – from curling and golf tournaments, to yard sales, trivia nights, raffles and more – our fundraising activities foster team work and camaraderie across the Softchoice community. At the end of the day, it's about making a difference in our world. But having fun and connecting with peers beyond the normal course of business has been just as important in making Softchoice Cares a lynchpin in the culture of our company. Here are just a few of the ways we put the 'fun' in fundraising:
- Rock Paper Scissors Tournaments
- Dunk Tanks
- Foosball Tournaments
- T-shirt sales
- Yard Sale
- MacDonald Cup Street Hockey Tournament
- Curling Bonspiels
- Annual Seattle & Toronto Golf Tournaments
- Trivia Nights
- Christmas Card Sale
Giving back to the communities we serve is engrained in the Softchoice culture. Beyond the activities of the company’s employee-led philanthropic initiative, Softchoice Cares, all Softchoice employees are offered two paid volunteer days a year to give back to their communities in support of any cause near and dear to their hearts. Some organizations supported include CAMH, Toronto Foodshare; Year Up and Marra Farms in Seattle, to name just a few.
Launching Career Success with Weingart Center in Los Angeles
Located in downtown LA's "Skid Row," the Weingart Center offers care and support to homeless men and women. One of the ways they do this is by hosting interview classes to help clients move forward with job placements. The last stage of these classes is a mock interview, and that's where Softchoice came in. A group of eight Softchoice employees led interviews with the candidates, scored each interview, and then provided in-person positive and focused feedback to help them improve their interview skills and build confidence.
Improving Mental Health with CAMH in ToroCAMHnto
When Softchoice's Sales Operations team heard about the volunteering opportunities at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health, they knew they wanted to get involved. CAMH offers multiple corporate volunteer programs, one of which involves playing sports with the clients. After running through scenarios of what some of the clients experience on a daily basis, the Softchoice team saw first-hand how the simple act of playing basketball can alleviate some of the clients' symptoms and help them feel part of a community.
In true Softchoice fashion, two common elements often emerge. One, many groups or departments take their volunteer days together, creating a rewarding team building experience. And two, it brings out a healthy a spirit of competition between departments and offices across North America – motivating them to go big, give back, and have some fun while doing it!
Keep up to date on Softchoice's team Orange Day pictures on Softchoice Cares Facebook page!