Fort York Food Bank. Annual Open House. 21 November 2018.

Volunteer Profile

Ernst & Young

Ernst & Young has become a valued corporate partner with FYFB, contributing both volunteer hours and funding to support our vision of reconnecting people with our community. FYFB Connects spoke with Ernst & Young's Corporate Social Responsibility program manager, Tara Berze, about the vision the two organizations share and how corporations can make a difference in community organizations.

On behalf of everyone at FYFB, we want to express our sincere gratitude for Ernst & Young's leadership in supporting the work of our organization over the past several years. What originally attracted Ernst & Young to support FYFB?

In the beginning, our involvement came from one employee coming forward and asking about how Ernst & Young's volunteer support program could help FYFB. The people who have volunteered have been very impressed with FYFB and our involvement has grown from there.

What are Ernst & Young's goals for getting involved with FYFB?

Corporate social responsibility is becoming increasingly important for Ernst & Young. This comes right from our global leadership. We want people to feel a sense of purpose at both their work and in their communities. Our involvement with FYFB helps our employees achieve these two objectives.

Have your goals been met?

People have really enjoyed their volunteer experience at FYFB. A lot of people want to do things in the community; they just don't know where to go. Organizations like FYFB create positive community experiences for our people.

Has your involvement helped strengthen Ernst & Young?

It is good for morale to get people engaged in the community. Community involvement with organizations like FYFB is a great team building exercise. These are fresh ideas on getting people from an office together. Whether it is a volunteer day or a food drive, everyone is always surprised at how much can be achieved.

What would you say to other people who are thinking supporting FYFB in this way to encourage them to get engaged?

Don't be shy about going to your leadership. Corporations are willing to do things. It just takes one person to ask and make it happen. The momentum can be tremendous.

Learn how your company can support FYFB!

Volunteer orientation sessions are held at 2:00pm on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. Click here to register online or drop by the Food Bank for more information.

photography courtesy of Claire Del Net

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