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In the Community: Home Hardware
November 27th, 2019In the Community
For some companies, giving back is considered good business. But for others, like Home Hardware, it’s more than that. Giving back is ingrained in their history and everything they do.
As long-time supporters of The Food Bank of Waterloo Region, they have raised 505,109 meals since 1995, and truly believe a community is stronger when the residents get involved.
In this business profile, we sit down with Matthew Lanteigne, Marketing Events and Charities Coordinator, and Melissa Dubeck, Public Relations Coordinator, about the importance of giving back to the community at a corporate and individual level, and partnering with The Food Bank to ensure everyone has access to nourishing food.
The Food Bank of Waterloo Region (The Food Bank): Tell me a little bit about Home Hardware?
Home Hardware: We are Canada’s largest dealer-owned hardware, lumber, building materials, furniture and home improvement retailer with close to 1,100 stores under the Home Hardware, Home Building Centre, Home Hardware Building Centre and Home Furniture banners. Founded in 1964 in rural St. Jacobs, Ontario, we remain 100% Canadian-owned and operated. An award-winning company, Home has been named one of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures and Canada’s Best Managed Companies.
The Food Bank: Why is it important, as an organization/group, to give back to the community?
Home Hardware: Corporate social responsibility is deeply engrained into Home Hardware Stores Limited at both an organizational and individual level. As a business that runs on the belief, that those who can best serve a community are those living in it, giving back is of the utmost importance.
We believe that access to nourishing food should be a reality for all people, and no one should suffer from food insecurity. We want to do our part to support this cause, help raise awareness of the presence of this issue in our community and do our part to give back. The individuals who work and volunteer at The Food Bank, run their programs, and the network of more than 100 community programs and agency partners are the real community leaders.
The Food Bank: What does it mean to your organization/group to be able to give back so generously to the charitable and non-profit organizations in Waterloo Region?
Home Hardware: Our dealers are generous supporters of charitable causes in their communities, and over the years have made significant contributions to non-profit organizations through Home programs. The staff at Home’s Distribution Centres have also played a strong role in raising funds for a variety of charitable programs. This connection with the community is an important part of who we are as individuals and as an organization.
The Food Bank: How does Home Hardware support The Food Bank of Waterloo Region?
Home Hardware: As partners of The Food Bank of Waterloo Region, we are a Food and Fund Drive leader. Our contributions help provide approximately 21,000 meals a year to those in need throughout Waterloo Region. Our partnership also provides our corporate staff the opportunity to volunteer and give back to the community by attending a Food Sort night to help get much-needed food to our neighbours. Each year, food bank volunteers, including some of our staff, sort 900,000 pounds of community food donations.
The Food Bank: Why do you support The Food Bank of Waterloo Region?
Home Hardware: Waterloo Region is our home, and the individuals benefiting from The Food Bank programs are our friends, families, and neighbours. The Food Bank is doing vital work and is a wonderful illustration of the generosity and care in our community. On behalf of all Home staff, we’re proud to support the outstanding work of The Food Bank of Waterloo Region.