Myers Clark has always believed that a strong Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is important for the company, its clients, and the community. For years, we have been helping financially where possible. Albeit in a very small way. We used to have dress-down days like the “mufty days” in school, and staff members would donate money to the collection box. Whenever opportunities arose, we would provide financial support to some of our local charities. We did our work in the community.
Being involved in CSR activities allowed our firm to engage with the local community and develop meaningful relationships. But things changed after Covid.
The pandemic was huge. It changed the way we looked at our local community. During those dark days when we couldn’t go too far, it was evident that the local community is paramount. We decided we needed to do more!
What also became clear was the local community around where we are in Watford needed help and the firm and our team wanted to help. As a business, we decided to dedicate resources to this agenda. We got organised which led to the birth of the Myers Clark Community Action Group (CAG)
This group has been working for the past 18 months to assist the local homeless charity, collect food for the food bank, and support local schools and the Herts Mind charity
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So what have we been up to?
We carry on helping the New Hope Charity in Watford
The idea to help the New Hope charity came to fruition because Katharine Wilson who is part of our CAG is passionate about helping the homeless. This is a local charity that depends on local support to serve the homeless.
The CAG team has taken a split role, some cook dinner and others prefer the early morning start and cook breakfast. We visit the Haven which is the support and advice centre for people facing homelessness. We also visit the Sanctuary which is the place for short-term recovery and has 22 bedrooms.
Whenever the team visits either place, the company provides the ingredients for a great meal and allows the volunteers some time off. However, the team also volunteer their own personal time to contribute to this well-deserved charity.
Visiting the local schools
Another member of the team, Nichola Rixon was enthusiastic about supporting local schools that were struggling with resources. We reached out to The Orchard Primary School. They were so grateful for the monthly financial support we offered. The school is doing most wonderful work with our youngsters but if you follow the news you would appreciate the schools are currently having a difficult time. They simply don’t have enough money. So, we are doing our little bit.
We are hoping that in months to come we can give some time to these schools. We are constantly looking at where they will need help.
Supporting the local food bank
The team was also keen on helping the local food bank. As you know food banks continue to play a crucial role in addressing food insecurity and providing a lifeline to those in need during challenging times.
We are collecting for the food bank and each month we dress down and everyone donates for the Trussell Trust. We hope to continue to do this for as long as there is a need.
Macmillan Cancer support
This year we’ve decided to hold a coffee morning to raise funds for the Macmillan Cancer support charity. It is a charity dear to many of us because we all know of someone who has suffered from cancer and received good support from them.
So if you are free and would like to lend your support, why not come along and join us. Email Steffanie Tiffen at email@example.com
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