A lot of people consider volunteering an activity done mainly by students and retirees. However, what people don’t often consider is that volunteering within your community helps make your business stronger. In fact, “68% of Canadians would choose a job with a company that has a strong volunteering culture over one that does not. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) ranks especially high among Millennials.

Essentially, by positioning your business as an active member of the community, you position your team as a group of individuals who care about the welfare of the people around them. Sounds obvious, but its effects directly influence your everyday work environment. Employees will be happier, the workplace more effective, and performance more productive.

The reason: not only are they doing good in the community, which would make anyone feel great, but they are getting out of the office! Sometimes a break from the everyday grind is what a team needs to feel refreshed!

As for us, Lessor is doing their part within the Windsor-Essex community by teaming up with their sister company, First Stop Services, to help their friends at Mental Health Connections (MHC) during the 2018 holiday season.

There are so many misconceptions when it comes to mental health like, “mental illness isn’t a real illness” or “mental illnesses are just an excuse for poor behavior.” In reality, mental illness can affect anybody and everybody. In fact, 1 in 5 Ontarians within a given year experience mental illness.

What is MHC?

MHC was established in April 2004 as a result of an integration with three groups – Programmed Activity for Therapy and Health (PATH), Consumer Survivor Alliance of Windsor-Essex County (CSAW) and the Family Mental Health Network (FMHN).

The facility endeavors to empower persons in Windsor-Essex with a mental illness in an effort to maximize their growth and potential through the use of recovery strategies such as social, recreational, health and fitness, educational, vocational, and peer support activities. Family members of the clients are also offered support and education on an individual basis or in groups. These services, which are offered both on-site and within the community, are provided at no cost to the clients and their families.

Help end the misunderstanding surrounding mental illness by helping us collect items off their needs list! Bring in your donation coupled with your shredding to our pals are First Stop Services and receive 10% off! You can even engage or challenge your staff and customers to contribute as you or they feel comfortable by putting out a box for donations.

Needs list:
  • Hygiene Products: toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, razors and shaving cream, etc.
  • Cold Weather Gear (new or gently used): hats, scarves, mittens, etc.
  • Clothing (new or gently used): sweatshirts, jogging pants, socks, t-shirts etc.
  • Food: water bottles, grocery gift cards
  • Hair Accessories
  • Backpacks
  • Monetary Donations
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