By Amanda Larson
Published: July 14, 2012
I am writing to share a heartwarming story about our team here at the Squamish branch of RBC.
In a small town such as Squamish, we take community awareness very seriously.
There are so many organizations here in need of our help, it’s always a challenge to choose which one to dedicate our limited resources to.
At our branch, we have always been actively engaged in RBC’s philanthropic efforts, which this year have included campaigns for RBC Blue Water Project and BCSPCA, among many others. I am writing to you to highlight our efforts recently regarding these two projects.
During the month of April, RBC awards a $1000 “Day of Service Grant” to any registered organization that staff members dedicate their time to.
The requirements are that we spend a minimum of four hours consecutively, with a team of ten people, volunteering at the organization.
This year we chose our local branch of the SPCA, working diligently outside during two days of rain, to help spruce up and fix their shelter. We fixed the porch, painted doors and windows and cleaned up the grounds.
We gardened, played with our furry friends in the yard and had a wonderful time. The staff there was so helpful and engaged with us, and we are very happy to report that our grant application was accepted and BCSPCA will receive a cheque for $1000 !!
We are also very excited to report that the Marine Life Sanctuaries Society of BC has received this year’s RBC Blue Water Grant in the amount of $5000. This organization has worked very hard to educate people on the importance of water stewardship. They have been active at a community level, offering presentations to the public and creating stewardship programs, focused on education and community awareness.
During a presentation they held at the Squamish Adventure Centre, two of our staff members encouraged them to apply for this grant, for which they were the successful applicants!