In 2014, Think Shift invited its clients across Canada and the U.S. to participate by selecting a local project or creating their own charitable event. In addition to the Winnipeg event, which also received support from Platinum Promotions, here are some of the other ways companies helped Make Nice Happen last year:
Decor Cabinets handed out care packages at hospitals, brought gifts to people’s homes (“knock knock ginger” style) and even surprised a gas station attendant with Tim Horton’s. Similarly, the team from GHY International provided coffee and treats to folks in downtown Winnipeg. Think Shift Portland gave sandwiches to homeless people in various downtown Portland areas, at Right 2 Dream Too and at a local women’s shelter.
The Chopping Block offered a free cooking class at the Center on Halsted, a community centre which serves the LGBT community in Chicago, from homeless or at-risk teens to the unique needs of seniors. When the Chopping Block team learned that the Center’s volunteers, teens and seniors all struggle with how to put together a decent meal with what is donated each day, they knew their organization’s special abilities would be the perfect fit.
The team shared this about their experience: “Our staff instructed, cooked alongside, served and ate with our guests. We got in touch with the gift of what we do every day. We ended the day with our employees excited and anxious to do something again like this – with our guests feeling thanked, appreciated and valued. We also sent volumes of food back to the Center so that those who could not attend got to have a special meal cooked with our secret ingredient: love.”
See what happened in 2015
Think Shift set up a pop-up boutique in the city’s North End where youth and community members were invited to shop for free gifts for family and friends.