It’s officially Random Acts of Kindness Day! But we’re not just being kind today… We want to use this fantastic day to kick-start a whole year (and more) of doing good deeds. Which is why we’re inviting local charities, causes and initiatives to get in touch if they need help this year.
When we launched our MyGiving initiative last year (you may have seen this all over our social media!)— which provides all Paycare staff with a £250 cash injection to help a charity of their choice — we had no idea how amazing it would truly be. In fact, we raised over £17,000 for a wide range of causes close to our team’s hearts, and we only started in April 2019! You can check out our 2019 MyGiving Success story here: https://www.paycare.org/paycare-blog-paycare-news/our-teams-mygiving-and-volunteering-2019-success/
Although this was an incredible achievement by the Paycare team, this year of course… We want to do things bigger and better. While some of our team already have causes that they care passionately about having had their own personal experiences with them, others may luckily have not been touched by a particular issue.
So for Random Acts of Kindness Day, we want to know more about what people are doing to help others in the Black Country — a place we’ve been proud to call our home for over 145 years (some of you may in fact remember when we were called Patient’s Aid Association!)
As a not-for-profit, we’re already committed to donating every spare penny to causes within our local communities, and we’ve shared over £2.2million to date through sponsorships, direct donations, and fundraising.
Each staff member gets £250 for their chosen charity, which they can use as a direct donation or to amplify one of their own fundraising initiatives, such as running a marathon or doing a skydive — helping us to make an even bigger difference.
In addition, we’re each provided two extra days of paid annual leave each year for the sole purpose of volunteering for our chosen charities — how amazing is that!
In 2019, our Policy Administrator Anne Smith put her MyGiving fund towards her fundraising for The Alzheimer’s Society, which saw her raise a total of £2,190.41 – how impressive! She also used her two days of volunteering to support The Beacon Centre for the Blind.
“It’s been a wonderful initiative, and although we’re all already part of Paycare’s commitment to giving back, it just strengthens our individual sense of purpose at work. I can’t wait to plan my volunteering days and MyGiving fund for this year and look forward to seeing what the rest of the team will be doing!”
How exciting! We can’t wait to share the love within our community and help even more charities throughout 2020!