At Tbaytel, we believe in being a good neighbour. As a local company, part of being a good neighbour is investing in a vision of a better and brighter community for all of us. The Tbaytel for Good Community Fund campaign is one of the ways we work to bring that vision to life.
Each year, through our two Community Fund campaigns, we look to people and organizations in our neighbourhood to submit project ideas for funding consideration—projects that have a positive impact on individuals, families, schools and communities across northern Ontario, and could make an even bigger difference with Tbaytel’s support behind them. We award grants to two successful projects in each of the three available funding streams—$500, $1,500 and $5,000—for a total of $14,000 per campaign.
We were set to begin accepting entries for the Community Fund spring campaign this month, but were forced to change our plans due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This time has not been easy for any of us, and with many individuals and families facing financial hardships and food insecurity, we knew that we had to find a way to give back.
Though our approach will be different, we still want the Community Fund campaign to support the people doing good work in our communities. People across northern Ontario are performing small acts of kindness to say thank you to essential service workers, to support their neighbours, or simply to make others smile amid the anxiety of these uncertain times, and we want to recognize and reward them for it.
From now until May 31, Tbaytel will be giving away $20,000 in gift certificates to local restaurants to show our appreciation for our neighbours’ continued dedication to community building, as well as support the local economy and our small business customers when they need it most. We’re asking you to nominate your friends, family, coworkers and neighbours by sharing the work they’re doing for our community on social media. Each week will have a theme in order to highlight all of the different ways people are coming together to support each other. When their work matches the theme, tag Tbaytel in a post showcasing their efforts on Facebook or Instagram, and we will choose up to 40 winners per week to receive a $100 virtual gift card to their choice of participating local restaurants. For complete instructions on how to nominate a neighbourhood hero, visit http://www.tbaytelforgood.net/.
In addition to the social media campaign, on April 27, Tbaytel announced a $5,000 donation to the Regional Food Distribution Association (RFDA). The RFDA secures and distributes food to community organizations that provide for people in need across northern Ontario, and we want to support their continued efforts to meet the expected increase in demand for their services due to COVID-19. We have also partnered with the Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board (TBDSSAB) to deliver devices, data and voice plans to keep some of our most vulnerable community members connected at this critical time. Wifi is also being provided for five of the organization’s housing complexes.
We don’t yet know whether we’ll be able to move forward as planned with the Community Fund fall campaign, but we hope that this spring campaign will serve as a reminder that although we can’t be together physically, we can still stay connected through positive action.
Thank you, northern Ontario, for everything you do for your communities. We are incredibly proud to be part of this neighbourhood.
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