At Rhodes & Williams, we’re invested in the greater health of our communities. As a company, we proudly support the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and Cystic Fibrosis Research. Throughout the year, our staff also holds a variety of events to raise money for extremely worthy causes including the following:
Aviva Community Fund
Every year, Rhodes & Williams chooses a great Aviva community project to support. We have supported two previous winning projects: Kaiden Care Kits and Asphalt to Oasis – the Greening of the St. Anthony yard. Both projects won in their second year and were supported by the entire staff here at Rhodes & Williams.
Marsha Morton Annual Golf Tournament for Cystic Fibrosis
The Marsha Morton Memorial Golf Tournament has raised an average of $16,500 over the last three years for the battle against Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Marsha Morton died at the age of 12 from CF, the most common fatal genetic disease that affects Canadian children and young adults for which there is no cure. We have been tournament partners since the inaugural tournament ─ providing many staff volunteers to help out throughout the years.
Kaiden's Care Kits for Cystic Fibrosis
On average, two children are born in Canada every week with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). One person dies from Cystic Fibrosis in Canada each week. Providing support and information to all Canadian families of newborns diagnosed with CF is our goal. “Kaiden’s Care Kits” provide much needed medical supplies, support and information to Canadian families of newborns diagnosed with CF. The project’s ultimate goal is to have a Care Kit for every child in Canada born with CF.
The Boys and Girls Club
Rhodes & Williams is a supporter of the ‘Awesome Auction’ which brings money annually to The Boys & Girls Club.
Raising The Roof
Raising the Roof is a leading charity providing help to homeless people in Canada. They have contributed close to $3.3 million to help homeless in 70 communities across the nation. We’re happy to make a generous donation to this cause and have also decided to donate the toques we purchase back to the homeless community.
Centre Espoir Sophie
Lana Sentsova and Michel Beauregard of Rhodes & Williams have done a great job running the ‘New to You’ boutique here at our Ottawa office. Employees dig through their closets and bring in clothing for exchange, with the remainder being donated to a local women’s drop-in. Our drop-in of choice is Centre Espoir Sophie which provides a safe environment for women in need.
Relay for Life
Starting in 2015, Rhodes staff members have participated in the annual Relay for Life, raising funds and awareness for The Canadian Cancer Society. We average 10 team members per event and have raised over $9,000 in the past two years alone. It’s a long but rewarding night of giving back to our community.
Strokes for Stroke Golf Tournament
The summer of 2017 was our first involvement with the Strokes for Stroke Golf Tournament. Two of our employees, one of them a recent stroke survivor, volunteered at the event which raised funds and awareness for Ottawa’s Brain and Mind Research Institute and the Stroke Research Consortium. They enjoyed the day working the welcome desk where they handed out swag bags to each participant and explained how to get their day started. A fun time!
National Denim Day
Staff always love being able to dress down their wardrobe and this is an opportunity to do so. For several years now, staff pay for the ability to wear jeans to work. All funds raised go to CURE, a national fundraiser for breast cancer.
Community Veterinary Outreach Program
Each year on National Cupcake Day, one of our employees bakes up a storm and brings a variety of delicious cupcakes to the office. These are sold to friends and co-workers to raise funds for the Community Veterinary Outreach Program. This program provides free preventative veterinary services to the homeless in Ottawa.
Operation Christmas Child
Each fall, staff are provided with a box that they fill for a young boy or girl following a list of suggested items. One of our Sales Reps organizes the collection of boxes for Operation Christmas Child. These boxes are then shipped overseas to children who are in need. Our office sends out 40 – 50 boxes annually. What a fun way to get the holiday season started!
Help Kids Grow Up (HKGU) Charity Golf Tournament
Rhodes & Williams sponsors the annual Help Kids Grow Up (HKGU) Charity Golf Tournament which supports initiatives that help children in need within the Ottawa region and in the sub-Saharan region of Africa. The tournament provides funds to two charities: Variety of Ottawa and the Canadian Foundation for Children with Aids (CFCA).
2019 Little League Ontario Minor Provincial Championships
Between July 27 and August 2, the top seven Little League Baseball teams of 9- and 10-year-olds from across Ontario will be competing for the highest honour in their age group. This year, the tournament is hosted by Orleans Little League Baseball at Wilfred Murray Park in Cumberland, Ontario. The tournament relies entirely on the assistance of community partners.
Rhodes and Williams’ is pleased to sponsor this event.
The Snowsuit Fund
Rhodes & Williams is a proud supporter of the Snowsuit Fund. For over 35 years, The Snowsuit Fund has given thousands of snowsuits to children in need across the Ottawa Area. Contributions made to The Snowsuit Fund by generous people in our community have a profound impact on the lives of countless children and families in need.
Chubb Golf Tournament
The Chubb Charity Challenge is an annual golf tournament, now in its 20th year, aimed at raising funds for local charities across North America. Agents, brokers, and clients form teams and play in local tournaments organized by Chubb’s nearby branch offices. Each team plays on behalf of a local charity of their choosing. The winning team in each regional tournament is invited to play in the finals tournament during the fall for a chance to win up to $50,000 in donations for their chosen charity. Between 2000 and 2018, more than 5,200 teams participated in the Chubb Charity Challenge, raising nearly $16 million for selected charities.
A team from Rhodes & Williams is competing in the 2019 finals from Sept 22 – 25 for our charity of choice, Cystic Fibrosis Canada
Ottawa Food Bank
Rhodes & Williams has supported the Ottawa Food Bank for many years including participating in our sister company’s CapCorp Fill the Foyer campaign.
The Ottawa Food Bank provides fresh and non-perishable food, as well as supplies such as diapers, toiletries, and cleaning supplies to its network of over 100 emergency food programs across the city. They work in partnership to create a healthier city by empowering people, increasing access to healthy food, and advocating for systemic changes that reduce food insecurity.