CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY.
Through several CSR initiatives, UCS strives to be socially committed to giving back to the community.
Heart & Stroke Foundation Big Bike
UCS participates in the Big Bike hosted by the Heart & Stroke Foundation to help lower cases of cardiovascular disease, develop treatments, and create more survivors! In 2018, UCS raised over $1,500 for the Heart & Stroke Foundation!
Commerce Cares is our annual accounting charity event in partnership with Free the Children and corporate partners such as PwC. The event allows students to make a lasting impression on firm representatives while playing sports and contributing to a great cause! In 2018, UCS raised over $650 for Free the Children.
Run for the Cure
Every year, UCS participates in the CIBC Run for the Cure, under the UTM team named "UTM Run for the Cure" to raise funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. The aim is to run or walk in order to raise funds for breast cancer research, education, and advocacy initiatives. In 2017, the UCS council raised over $2,000 which contributed towards the UTM team winning the Canadian Top Post-Secondary Team Challenge.
5 Days of Giving
5 Days of Giving is a week-long charity event that provides members of UTM, the opportunity to give back to the community through non-monetary donations, monetary donations and volunteering. We collected and donated $400 to support SickKids Foundation and Canadian Red Cross, 2 boxes full toys to the SickKids Foundation, 75 lbs of food donation to the Mississauga Food Bank, 6 bags of clothing and 77 holiday cards that students and staff filled with cheerful and motivating messages, and was given to children and families supported by Peel Children’s Aid Foundation.
Dodge for the Cure
Dodge for the Cure is an annual tradition, where students contribute to support the Canadian Cancer Society while competing in a dodgeball tournament. This year, we achieved a record high of number of participants and raised $670 which was pooled to the UTM Team of Run for the Cure, which raised $26,241.38
Aim for Max
UTM Archery Club, UTM CPA Ontario, and the Undergraduate Commerce Society collaborated to organise Aim for Max. Aim for Max is a charity event that helped raise awareness and money for Max's Big Ride, where students learn how to shoot arrows for $5 and all proceeds went to Jesse's Journey, a registered charity that supports Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) research and Max’s Big Ride. Max is a little boy, affected by DMD which weakens the muscles, preventing from being able to walk initially and worsens over time. 50 participants came out, on the evening of January 19, to raise over $370 to support Max’s Big Ride. Max loved the event and even wanted to join the all the clubs.
How can you be socially responsible? Participate in any of the events and initiatives hosted by UCS throughout the year and take note of the following:
Volunteer at your local food bank or elderly centre!
Join a charity group on campus that supports a specific charity organization
Reduce, reuse, and recycle!
Participating in a run, walk, or bike ride? Ask your company for the Corporate Matching Program, an initiative where organizations donate a dollar for every dollar you donate
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if there is a CSR event or initiative you wish to see on campus!