By Simon Méthot
JCI Winnipeg organized a #TrickOrEat community food drive in support of Winnipeg Harvest this Halloween. We started talking about a Halloween event for JCI members back in early September during a summer wrap-up meeting, when two of our members proposed the Trick or Eat event.
Trick or Eat is a youth-led national event that puts a new spin on the annual night of giving (well, the other one – Halloween). Instead of candy, thousands of Trick or Eaters across the country raise money online and go door-to-door to collect non-perishable food items for local food agencies. It also raises awareness about hunger in Canada through household flyers, educational materials and online resources.
As a group, we adopted this idea and quickly got to work organizing the event. An event chairperson was chosen, and members took on tasks as the conversation continued. In less than 10 minutes, the work group was formed and the event was in our calendar of activities.
With the help of our sponsor, MB Battery Distributors Inc., and the residents of Meadowbank Road, Marygrove Crescent and Tolcross Gate in Whyte Ridge, JCI Winnipeg made a total weight contribution to Winnipeg Harvest of 411 pounds of food and brought in $60 in cash donations. This was achieved by dedicated volunteers in less than two hours.
John Mark Wilderspin and I went to deliver the contributions to Winnipeg Harvest the following day, and given the success of this year, we are already starting to plan for next year. What area of the city should we focus on? How many volunteers can we get? Do you want to volunteer? In 120 minutes, nine people made a significant change in people’s lives by ensuring that they will have food on their table. Imagine what kind of impact we can have if we had double or triple the amount of volunteers.
Part of JCI Winnipeg’s mandate is to provide skill development while creating change in our communities, and the #TrickorEat drive provided that outcome just as our next project with Junior Achievement of Manitoba will, led by member Erica Christie.
Junior Achievement gathers about 100 students every school year, known as “achievers,” for a unique Company Program. This year, eight teams, led by more than 30 volunteer business coaches, will compete in a 20-week business simulation competition.
JCI Winnipeg has mobilized five members to serve as business coaches as part of our commitment to helping future generations develop entrepreneurial skills and get a greater understanding of the role business plays in our society. We look forward to helping these high school students write their business plans and recruit investors to see if they can turn a profit with their idea. There are sales competitions, business pitch competitions, post-secondary education bursaries, the prestigious Company of the Year award, and even a trip for the Achiever of the Year recipient to be won.
We are confident that through these types of activities, we can improve many aspects of our community. By assisting a community-serving organization like Winnipeg Harvest or by helping our younger generations develop into the leaders of tomorrow, JCI Winnipeg continues to gather momentum as it moves forward.
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