Newalta is a proud member of the communities in which we operate and recognizes the interest we have in ensuring the health, prosperity and quality of life of those communities.
We demonstrate that interest by providing financial and other support to a variety of registered charities, non-profit agencies and community-based organizations and initiatives. Most importantly, our people volunteer their time to help these organizations achieve their goals.
Engaging in the community is a core value for our organization. While there is a cost to such engagement - and to making community investments, such as the $700,000 we donate annually - we see it as an investment in our future and our social license to operate.
We focus our investments into a number of key areas: community health and well-being; environment and recreation; education and learning; and arts and culture. Signature programs include our United Way employee-led fundraising campaign, our long-time financial support for women's shelters in our operating communities, and our program to help families who need the services of local Ronald McDonald Houses.
In response to the Fort McMurray wild fires in May 2016, we supported company-wide fundraising efforts through the Red Cross.
Our people are active with volunteering in their communities. We serve breakfasts to the homeless at Calgary's Drop-in Centre, support Canadian Blood Services with donations to their blood drive, and volunteer each year to Clean up the Bakken to help remove roadside waste. Employees also participate in the Gordie Howe Alzheimer's Pro-Am Hockey Tournament and cycle in support of Enbridge's Ride to Conquer Cancer.
We are creative with our support and are always looking for new and better ways to help organizations improve our communities.