July 5, 2013 – Calgary/Edmonton, AB. On Thursday, July 4, a group of 45 Maxxam volunteers traveled by bus from Edmonton to Calgary, where they were joined by over 50 of their Calgary colleagues and members of the company’s Executive team to lend a helping hand to victims of the recent flooding.
The volunteer team, easily identifiable in their Maxxam Day of Caring shirts, spent the day sorting donations at the Siksika Nation Reserve (which is still in a state of emergency), preparing food at a Soup Kitchen, and getting their hands dirty with home and yard clean-up in the hard hit Elbow Park neighbourhood.
While Maxxam’s Day of Caring Program provides all employees one paid day per year to volunteer their services for a charitable cause, the volunteers were happy to go above and beyond their regular work hours to help flood victims in a time of need.
“This is where the true spirit of Maxxam really comes to light”, says Jon Hantho, Maxxam’s President & CEO, who joined the clean-up crew in Calgary. “There was no hesitation from anyone that we wanted to help out, and seeing everyone pull together to respond quickly and in the most meaningful way was incredibly inspiring.”
The volunteer effort was only one part of Maxxam’s contributions to the ongoing flood relief in southern Alberta. After donating safety equipment such as gloves and goggles in the days immediately following the flooding, the company announced last Friday that it will donate $5000 to the Red Cross in Alberta, as well as match all employee donations to the cause dollar-for dollar. To date, staff have raised over $2500, bringing the total amount of funds raised to over $10,000.