2020 has been a crazy year (so far!)
Covid-19 has affected all parts of our society and sadly had a huge impact on the ability of charities, NGOs and not-for-profit organisations to generate income.
Funding is an essential for these organisations to continue to do the good work that they do but now unable to rely on traditional fundraising methods (e.g. face-to-face work, donations, and volunteering) it is difficult for them to raise the much-needed funds to keep them going.
At White Associates we wanted to do our small part and set out to raise $1,500 in the month of September in what we called “Give A Little Month”.
To add some spice and extra community spirit, we held 5 different events over 5 weeks in the office.
These “Give A Little” events included:
- Commit Your Commute – we encouraged staff to donate the money they saved on their commute over lockdown
- Bacon & Egg Brekkie Rolls – on World Suicide Prevention Day – Friday, 10th September – we started our day with a bacon and egg roll and some open conversations about mental health and wellbeing
- Packed Lunches – we encouraged the staff to make their own lunch and donate what they would have paid for a takeaway to charity instead
- High Tea Party – the management team competed in a bake off which was judged at a high tea party in the office
- Raffle – we auctioned off some great prizes inhouse.
Through these various events we managed raise over our $1,500 target and have decided to divvy the funds across four different charities chosen by the entire team:
- Auckland City Mission
- MATES in Construction
- Mental Health Awareness Foundation NZ
- Life Community
More about the charities:
The Mission, a longstanding client of White Associates, provides integrated social services to anyone seeking assistance such as the isolated elderly, rough sleepers, people living in cars and inappropriate housing. Others are battling addictions, living with mental health issues, or struggling to feed their families over a period of unexpected crisis.
MATES in Construction has 3 key focus areas to work towards their vision of significantly improving mental wellness and reducing suicide in the construction industry:
- To advance mental health and social services in New Zealand by promoting the prevention and control of mental illness for people engaged in the construction industry.
- Providing leadership for our people to gain better access to mental health services.
- Building a stronger more resilient workforce.
The Mental Health Foundation NZ provide free information and training, and advocate for policies and services that support people with experience of mental illness, and also their families/whānau and friends.
Life Community provides practical help to the community through many initiatives including
- Soup Kitchens
- Christmas boxes
- Community Support Networks
and much much more…