Local non-profits are benefitting as a volunteer initiative in Saskatchewan is back for its 72 year.
SaskTel’s TelCare program allows their employees to participate in payroll deductions that go back into communities around the province. The company donates 50 cents for every dollar that employees contribute.
More than $193,000 was raised for TelCare in 2022, going to 44 charitable and non-profit organizations operating in the province—including multiple in Swift Current.
Lindsay Mazenc, an external communications manager for the telecommunications company, said the initiative connects back to SaskTel’s mission and values.
“We're proud to be a locally owned organization,” she said. “We have employees all over the province, and one of the great things about our employees, is that we're always looking for ways to be involved and give back to our communities.”
SaskTel has nine districts across the province with TelCare members, who all have a major role in the donations of their payroll deductions.
“Those employees can choose or recommend an organization to apply to the TelCare program,” Mazenc explained. "There is a little bit of a process involved with the organization just to make sure that they qualify for the funding. But for the eight in Swift Current this year, those were ones that would have been picked and recommended by the local employees that were contributing TelCare members.”
Swift Current received a total of $6,300 to be evenly distributed between the chosen non-profits, giving each organization $787.50.
All Saints Catholic School Breakfast Club
Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan
Central School Breakfast Club
Ecole Centennial School Breakfast Club
Fairview School Breakfast Club
Southwest Crisis Services Inc.
Swift Current Salvation Army