Royal Bank of Canada is celebrating Volunteer Week around the globe from 21 to 27 April, 2013. As part of the event, RBC launched the 2013 RBC Day of Service Grant programme, which offers a $1,000 donation to charitable organisations where RBC employees plan and execute volunteer projects between 21 April and 14 June, 2013.
“RBC employees are passionate volunteers,” said Nathaniel Beneby, Jr, market head, personal banking in Cayman, the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos. “Our staff lends their energy and expertise to organisations and initiatives that affect virtually every aspect of our communities. The RBC Day of Service Grant programme gives us the opportunity to further encourage volunteering, while extending financial support to local charities in our communities who desperately need it.”
RBC employees are signing up to plan projects that span many areas of need. One team of employees from the RBC Cayman Service Centre will be volunteering to support Cayman Hospice Care, while supporting the “green” movement on the island. Fourteen RBC employees and family members will be selling CHC reusable bags outside the supermarkets on April 27 and May 25 with funds going directly to support the ongoing free service of CHC. In addition, RBC will donate the $1,000 Day of Service Grant to CHC.
“The vision of CHC is to provide extraordinary end of life care to all people living in the Cayman Islands,” said Salene Bushell, manager, Cayman Service Centre. “CHC is the leading community resource in the areas of death, dying and grief, and is dedicated to providing dignified, quality care, free of charge, to everyone in the Cayman Islands living with cancer or other end-stage diseases. We are pleased to lend our time to support this organization.”
“We celebrate and thank our employees for all they do to build strong, healthy communities,” Mr. Beneby said. “This is just one of the ways that RBC is giving back.” In 2012, RBC made community investments of close to $1 million in Cayman, the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos. Contributions support a range of causes, from health, education and the environment to human services, youth and arts and culture. This philanthropic support is an extension of RBC globally, which is recognised around the world as a leading corporate citizen. Last year, RBC contributed more than $95 million in donations and sponsorships to community events and organisations worldwide.
“Our goal is to help maintain the social fabric of communities today and to ensure success for tomorrow in all the markets where we do business,” Mr. Beneby added. “Giving back through volunteerism and charitable donations is an expression of our citizenship, and it’s a hallmark of our firm that makes RBC a great place to work and do business.”