GreenSquare has pledged to give money to six charities throughout December as part of a campaign to donate funds usually set aside for Christmas festivities.
Staff on the company’s Colleague Forum – made up of representatives from across the organisation – made the decision to donate the money to a range of charities across GreenSquare’s three areas of operation (Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire) whose work links to its core purpose of providing housing and support to those who need it.
Robert Bell, Senior Customer Services Officer and member of GreenSquare’s Colleague Forum, said: “2020 has been a tough year for so many. With the usual Christmas lunches and parties cancelled this year due to the pandemic, the idea to donate the money we would normally spend on our festive celebrations to good causes instead really resonated with our colleagues.”
The Colleague Forum has chosen a list of charities, and each week staff have the chance to vote for who they’d like to receive a donation. Robert continued: “The causes we are donating to are helping the communities we work in, providing valuable support to many of our customers who, like lots of people out there, are facing increased struggles and hardship this year.”
The recipients who have received the most staff votes will be announced every weekend in December before Christmas. The first charities chosen are Chippenham-based homelessness Doorway and The Salvation Army Winter Appeal.
Doorway is a Chippenham based charity drop-in centre for those who are homeless, sofa surfing or who have complex issues that might affect their ability to acquire and/or sustain a tenancy.
Director of Doorway, Jo Kitching, said: “We are delighted that GreenSquare staff have chosen us as one of their charities this year; donations such as this help us continue to provide valuable support to the people in our community who are in most need.”