Enbridge Fix-It program delivers projects in nine communities in five days
This year communities across New Brunswick benefited from an Enbridge Gas New Brunswick crew that workd with local charities to complete fix-up projects at schools, community centres and non-profit organizations - all part of the company's first-ever Fix It in 5 community improvement program
Nearly 100 Enbridge Gas New Brunswick employees volunteered over five days for EGD’s Fix It in 5.
“We’ve always been involved in our local communities but this year we wanted to ramp up our community contribution to our service areas,” said Dave Charleson, General Manager of Enbridge Gas New Brunswick. "This was a really interactive way to partner with the people in the areas we serve and freshen up some of the community spaces we enjoy."
To launch the program, a special website was created where individuals or groups in the company's service areas could apply to have a project completed by a company team of fix-it volunteers. Project proposals were then voted on by community members. With over 15,000 votes tallied, nine projects came out on top and were selected for the community improvement initiative. Volunteers from each recipient organization joined with Enbridge employees to improve their community spaces.
In the town of St. Stephen, the local Boys and Girls Club got a fresh coat of paint thanks to the fix-it team while a crew installed flooring at the Lintuhtine Music Academy of Oromocto. In Saint John, volunteers helped to clean up and beautify the SPCA Animal Rescue League's new location. A fix-it crew removed debris, built beds for animals and helped to landscape the grounds.
"The Enbridge staff worked so hard and diligently, and we managed to get even more done than we expected," said Kari Poore, Executive Director of the Animal Rescue League. "This was the first step toward us getting moved to our new facility, and we could not have done it without the Enbridge staff."
Other organizations that received a visit from Enbridge fix-it crews were the École Mathieu-Martin in Dieppe, the St. George Elementary School in St. George, the Whitepine Baptist Church in Riverview, the Sackville Minor Baseball Association, the Greater Moncton SPCA and the Fredericton SPCA.
Sara Beyea, the company's Marketing Communications Coordinator, said the response to the events was enthusiastic, with employees not only offering their labour but also equipment and tools.
"One girl even adopted a dog," Beyea said. "The program experience has been just amazing. It's touched all of our hearts."
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