An Act of Kindness
During National Volunteer Week, April 10 - 16, Nalcor Energy and Hydro employees across Newfoundland and Labrador are holding its first annual Acts of Kindness week to give back to the communities where they live and work. During the week, employees will volunteer their time and talents to support various community-based organizations in their area.
Employees in St. John's kicked off Acts of Kindness week at the Jimmy Pratt Memorial Soup Kitchen. Eight employees tied on an apron and helped prepare a delicious breakfast for over 60 people who visited the soup kitchen that morning.
Brenda Anstey, Administrative Coordinator with the Lower Churchill Project, volunteered and also got her family involved by asking her husband, Jim Anstey to join her at the soup kitchen.
"I think my husband summed up our experience in one sentence: it was a humbling and rewarding experience that puts things in perspective particularly as we face the day to day challenges in our professional and personal lives," said Brenda. "We will definitely do it again."
The Soup Kitchen at George Street United Church is coordinated through the Jimmy Pratt Memorial Outreach Centre. Since its inception in January 2002, the Soup Kitchen has fed over 30,000 people without missing a Friday.
"It was a fun, wonderful experience to give someone a great start to the day with a warm breakfast," said Merissa Wiseman, Communications Advisor with Nalcor Energy. "I enjoyed working with my collegues to do something small to help make a difference and it was inspiring to see first-hand how hard our community works together to help those in need."
Acts of Kindness week is a special way for employees to give back to the community. Some regions throughout the province have assembled teams of employees to volunteer for an organization, while other employees will volunteer on their own to support their charity of choice. From serving meals at a soup kitchen to helping a women's crisis shelter paint their walls, volunteers are needed all over Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nalcor and Hydro employees are answering the call.
"Nalcor and Hydro employees have a long history of supporting their local communities through volunteering and community investment donations," said Jim Haynes, Hydro's Vice President of Regulated Operations. "During Acts of Kindness week we are creating new volunteer partnerships within our communities and also creating new volunteers across our company. Many organizations exist due to the generous time and commitment given by volunteers, and we are proud to help in a small way through Acts of Kindness week. We encourage people across this province to continue to give back to the charities and groups who contribute to our well-being every day."
Nalcor and Hydro employees are volunteering for the following organizations with acts of kindness between April 11 and 15:
- Admirals Coast Community Care Seniors Home, Conception Bay South
- Beagle Paws, St. John's
- Canadian Cancer Society, Grand Falls - Windsor
- Carmelite House, Grand Falls - Windsor
- Churchill Falls Lion's Club, Churchill Falls
- Community Food Sharing Association, St. John's
- Easter Seals Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John's
- Elwood Elementary School Breakfast Program, Deer Lake
- Exploits Manor Personal Care Home, Bishop's Falls
- The Gathering Place, St. John's
- Iris Kirby House, St. John's
- Jimmy Pratt Memorial Soup Kitchen, St. John's
- Kids Eat Smart, St. John's, Holyrood, Kelligrews and St. Anthony
- Labrador West Association for Community Living, Labrador City
- The SPCA, St. John's