Admittedly, we here at ProntoForms are a competitive bunch. We share a deep sense of altruism, too. So it felt fitting to combine the two for a fun-packed day.
Every year we host an annual summer event. There’s nothing unusual about that, right? Lots of organizations have team-building outings. Where this story takes a bit of a turn is how we consistently turn our summer event into an opportunity to give back to the community.
In the past we’ve rolled up our sleeves on behalf of Habitat for Humanity, cycled like mad fools in a Big Bike challenge, sorted food for a local Food Cupboard, and contributed to a Back-to-School Supply drive.
For the second year in a row, we decided to partner with Kids Against Hunger, a non-profit humanitarian organization with a mission to provide fully nutritious food to impoverished children and families around the world—and right around the corner.
Since its launch in 1998, Kids Against Hunger has provided over 100 million specially formulated rice-soy or rice-bean casserole meals for children and their families in more than 40 countries through the efforts of over 200,000 volunteers. The organization currently has about 100 packaging centres across Canada and the U.S. where volunteers manually package bulk food.
The competitive challenge pitted five teams captained by a member of the executive team against one another. With this year’s theme of Game of Thrones, each executive had a house that employees rallied under. The competition was to decide which “House”—Croucher, Scott, Chenier, Gowling, or Scian—could package the greatest number of food boxes in the least amount of time.
Over a period of 120 intense arm-flying, leg-racing, box-stuffing, heart-palpitating minutes, 22,100 meals were packaged and House Scott emerged victorious. A portion of the packaged food was sent to Salvation Army to distribute to those in need within nearby communities. A second shipment left for Cuba.
This second year brings ProntoForms’ grand total of meals prepped to 44,200 thanks to our partnership with Kids Against Hunger Canada.
The encore to this hands-on morning was a nature-immersive afternoon. Employees rafted Renfrew’s white water rapids, or tackled a series of obstacles with the aim of breaking down barriers to foster a sense of trust across the organization.
All told, in the spirit of using our powers for good, of instilling a sense of community amongst ourselves, of having a ton of fun, ProntoForm’s core values shone through.
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