CCI Thermal Technologies Inc.

News Article - Orillia Packet & Times - Company Raises $24K For Food Bank

Employees at CCI Thermal Technologies Inc. raised more than $24,000 for the Sharing Place Food Bank
Nathan Taylor

December 20, 2008 (Originally published in The Orillia Packet & Times)

The food and cash drive this year at CCI Thermal Technologies Inc. surpassed last year’s total — good timing for a local food bank that has seen a significant increase in demand.

The drive, which began early in November, netted $24,303.40 and 1,200 pounds of food for the Sharing Place Food Bank.

It was the second such effort by an internal employee committee at CCI. Last year’s total was more than $21,000.

"Last year, we were completely blown away by your generosity," Sharing Place executive director Don Evans said Friday, after accepting a cheque. "This is in the realm of miraculous. I’d like to thank everyone here because you are all heroes."

CCI raised the money and food through a number of initiatives, including a silent auction, pancake breakfast, 50/50 draw and bottle drive.

CCI owner Harold Roozen matched every dollar raised by employees three to one and also gave $1 for every pound of food collected.

"It's not only a great thing to do for a local charity; the group here has a lot of fun doing it," said Carl Williams, vice-president and general manager of the Orillia plant. "We hope we can continue to do it."

Williams challenged any local business to hold fundraising activities for food banks or other charities.

The donation from CCI comes at a time of year when the number of clients seeking the services of the Sharing Place is up about 30 per cent over this time last year.

"We're managing to dispense it as fast as it comes in. We're managing to keep pace, but the demand keeps getting higher," said Sharing Place board member Michael Craig.

Our company also does a lot for its employees and their families through company-sponsored events and social gatherings. We also play a role in every community (with fundraisers and charity work).

The total equals about $42 per employee — well above the goal of $15 per employee.

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