As part of 407 ETR’s “One Big Day” employee volunteering event on June 21, 2017, over seventy 407 ETR staff members volunteered at various community service agencies throughout the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. One Big Day represents the largest single-day, multi-location employee volunteering event in company's history, and forms part of the company’s initiative entitled“407 For Our Communities”, which is a successful corporate social responsibility program that encourages employee volunteerism. At this year’s One Big Day event, 407 ETR staff members volunteered at the Daily Bread Food Bank in Toronto, the Knight’s Table in Brampton, the Kipling Acres’ Long-Term Care Home in Etobicoke, the Vita Community Living Services Centre in North York, and the Horizons for Youth Shelter in Toronto. The activities involved included bagging groceries, cooking and distributing food for families in need, facilitating a birthday celebration for seniors, painting and cleaning at care facilities, as well as preparing shelter areas for youth in need.
“I am very proud that the 407 ETR team came out in such great numbers and continue to do this important work in the community,” said 407 ETR President and CEO, Andres Sacristan.“We’ve had amazing feedback from our volunteers and the community organizations we’ve assisted and we are happy to be able to make a difference for people in our communities.” Stacie Murie from Horizons for Youth in Toronto said, “We are very appreciative that 407 ETR employees took time out of their busy days to volunteer at Horizons for Youth. Their passion, enthusiasm and hard work made a difference in the lives of the homeless and at-risk youth we serve.” Lena Shaw from Knight’s Table in Brampton said, “407 ETR team members are a force of goodness exemplified in dedication, desire and teamwork – like a well-oiled machine. We would welcome them back in a second."In addition to encouraging staff into volunteerism through the 407 For Our Communities program and the annual One Big Day event, 407 ETR is focused on supporting the communities which they serve through donations and sponsorships to local organizations, such as giving back through the United Way, helping to finance hospitals and rehabilitation centres, sponsorship of young sports teams, scholarships for university graduate programs and the Lassonde School of Engineering, research into cures for childhood cancers, and continuous driver safety/education initiatives. To read more about 407 ETR´s “One Big Day” event, visit the company website