SmartPrint Hits a Home Run – Baseballs and Other Items Collected During Corporate 20-Minute Makeover

smartprint team members at leaside spur trail for corporate 20 minute makeover[Toronto, ON] – [April 20th, 2018] At 2pm on Friday, April 20th, SmartPrint team members James Dunn, Rob Farrell, Steven Ryan, Carolyn Allum, Jen Infuso, Andrew Thompson, Trisha Kosak, Andres Matute, Ishan Shah participated again in a Corporate 20-Minute Makeover which was a cleanup run in conjunction with the Clean Toronto Together – the City’s annual spring cleanup.

James Dunn at SmartPrint put the team of people together that were able to get away from the office to volunteer and help clean up a local park. Steven Ryan, Client Services Manager helped run the campaign and was the photographer of the day. Carolyn Allum, Accounts Payable Clerk organized lunch at our office for the team, and for those that weren’t able to participate, before we headed out.

Leaside Spur Trail in Toronto was the chosen location for the second year in a row. There was lots of trash and items for recycling that needed to be collected. Due to the melting snow, it was more wet and slippery than last year (but still fun!) with items being collected, such as baseballs, smartprint group photo at leaside spur trail for corporate 20 minute makeovercans, pop cans, plastic bags, plastic bottles, coffee cups, coffee lids, glass bottles, polystyrene, and other items. Given that it was the same spot that we did the cleanup last year we were all disappointed that such a large amount of items had accumulated over the year.

At the end of the 20 minutes, 10 recycling bags and 3 trash bags were filled.

Rob Farrell, Vice President shared his thoughts on the event:

“I was really happy to join the team for the cleanup this year because I had to miss the event last year. It was fun to get out as a team and clean things up in our community, and I was surprised with how much trash there was and how quickly we filled up 13 bags!”

At the end of the 20 minutes, everyone including Andres and Ishan who had recently joined SmartPrint was amazed at how much was collected and look forward to participating again, and to contributing to other social responsibility causes in the future.

 

SmartPrint Employees Volunteer at Daily Bread – Helping the Fight Against Hunger

On Wednesday, January 31st 2018,
SmartPrint team smartprint employees helping sort food items at daily breadmembers, Tim Lomax, Rob Farrell, Carol Berro, Steven Ryan, James Dunn, Andrew Thompson, Carolyn Allum, and Mike Hishon volunteered at Daily Bread Food Bank which is a registered charity and distribution hub that provides food and support to almost 200 food programs across Toronto. Daily Bread also works towards long-term solutions to hunger and runs innovative programs to support people on low incomes.

James Dunn always had a strong desire to volunteer at a food bank where the impact would be immediately recognized. James put
together the plan for the SmartPrint team
to be able to give back to the community, and
encouraged staff to make a monetary and/or food
donation.smartprint employees outside of daily bread

When the team arrived at the Daily Bread, the staff quickly and efficiently organized the team into different roles with tasks to restock food for local pick up as well as work with supporting food bank customers in shopping and check out.

President, Tim Lomax shared his thoughts on volunteering:

“Having the opportunity to help out the Daily Bread Foodbank was an honour. Great cause, great people, great chance to give back to the community.”

VP, Rob Farrell also shared his thoughts:

“It always feels great to give back to our community and it was fun to do it as a team effort. The Daily Bread volunteer day will definitely be an annual event for SmartPrint moving forward.”

Overall, everyone felt it was such a fun and rewarding experience for a great cause that provided a direct impact, and brought everyone closer together with the singular goal – to help the fight against hunger.

SmartPrint Comes Together for Women in Need – The Shoebox Project

At noon on Friday, December 8th 2017, SmartPrint
shoeboxes under christmas tree for the shoebox projectteam members Carol Berro, Jannine Foster, James Dunn, Janine Marais, Carolyn Allum, Jen Infuso, Karey Ross, and Saul Collas participated in The Shoebox Project for Shelters, supported by Dream, which collects and distributes gifts in the form of shoeboxes to women who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness in communities across Canada and the US.

According to The Shoebox Project website, since 2011, The Shoebox Project has distributed over 91,000 shoeboxes, valued at over 4 million dollars and believes that a small gesture can make a big difference.

Carol Berro, Accounting Supervisor came up with
the smartprint employee loading shoeboxes into van for the shoebox projectidea, suggested it to a few others that felt as passionate as her, and then an email was sent to all staff to see who would be able to donate, and also to see who could participate in wrapping and filling all donated items in the shoeboxes.

In total, 18 shoeboxes were then wrapped, and filled with items that had been generously donated from many SmartPrint employees. Each shoebox contained items valued at approximately $50. High quality items received included gift cards, skin care products, soaps and shampoos, make-up, chocolates, warm socks and mittens – nice products to help women feel special. Personal messages were also written for each recipient of the shoebox to convey our understanding and support to help women staying at shelters across Toronto remember she is not forgotten, cared for, and that she remains a valued and respected member of her community.

Once all the shoeboxes were ready, they were placed under our Christmas tree in which Saul Collas collected them, loaded them into his van, and dropped them off at the center to be distributed.

Overall, everyone enjoyed their time spent with their colleagues as it was a great team building exercise with many laughs shared at wrapping the shoeboxes.

SmartPrint Participates in Corporate 20-Minute Makeover Spring Cleanup

corporate 20-minute makeover[TORONTO, ON] – [April 27, 2017] At 2 pm on Friday April 21st, SmartPrint team members James Dunn, Steven Ryan, Carolyn Allum, Andrew Thompson, Darren Ranney, Trisha Kosak, Karey Ross, Mike Hishon, Jen Infuso, and Mike Rutledge participated in a Corporate 20-Minute Makeover, which was a cleanup run in conjunction with the Clean Toronto Together campaign aimed at creating environmental awareness and involved cleaning up a space in need such as a laneway, ravine, sidewalk, or parkette. The idea was to see how much cleaning could be done in 20 minutes.corporate 20-minute makeover

According to an email received by James Dunn, Demand Generation Manager, this year marked a record for the City of Toronto as more than 200 businesses registered before the April 11th deadline and was the biggest corporate cleanup day ever!

James Dunn at SmartPrint came up with the idea:

“I’ve had a strong desire to help give back to our community, and with other activities taking place around this time of year to be environmentally corporate-20-minute-makeoverconscious, it got me thinking about helping the environment more and to do something different as a team to take immediate action to clean our environment. I then came across the Corporate 20-Minute Makeover event, and suggested it to other team members who all felt as passionate as I did to pitch in and help clean our environment.”

Steven Ryan, Client Services Manager helped run the campaign by designing custom T-Shirts for the cleanup, and took photos of us in action. Janine Marais, Service corporate 20-minute makeoverDelivery Coordinator and Darren Ranney, Operations Manager helped organize the lunch to ensure we were full of energy before heading out.

Upon registering for the event, the City sent out garbage bags, recycling bags, nitrile gloves, and provided safety and recycling information, as well as posters to help promote the cleanup.

Careful consideration was given as to the best place to do the clean up and Leaside Spur Trail in Toronto was corporate 20-minute makeoverthe chosen area based on the considerable amount of garbage present there.

Dunn continued:

“It was awful, there were baseballs, plastic bottles, empty cigarette packets, glass bottles, coffee cups, plastic bags, pop cans and many other pieces of garbage in urgent need of cleaning up. It’s such a shame that such a beautiful trail could be marred by these eyesores.”

At the end of the 20 minutes, 9 bags of garbage, and 2 recycling bags were collected. Everyone was amazed at what was accomplished in such a short amount of time. The bags were then disposed of carefully in Bond Park bins.

Overall, everyone felt it was great to have been able to give back to our community and we look forward to participating in Corporate 20-Minute Makeover again and contributing to other social responsibility causes in the future.