Giving Back to Your Community and How Tangerine Can Help

Giving Back to Your Community and How Tangerine Can Help

One of the things I’m continually thinking about and changing is the way(s) in which I can give back. When I was in high school, I used to volunteer at a local teen crisis line. In my twenties, I was a dog walker at the Victoria BC SPCA; this was extra special, because it resulted in connecting a few good friends with dogs who later joined their families. Since 2012, I’ve been more transient, which has made it difficult to connect with and lend my time to local causes. Instead of time, I have donated money to a few charities on a monthly basis. I also donate 5% of my product sales to a different charity each year.

As grateful as I am to be in a position to donate my money, I think I’m finally in a place where I can start donating my time again–and I can’t wait to find the right cause for it. There are so many benefits to giving back: you can connect with your local community; it helps alleviate anxiety, depression and stress; you’re able to practice compassion and gratitude; and it gives you a sense of purpose. Volunteering is said to be selfless, but I think it’s also an act of self-care. In helping the lives of others, you can also help yourself. “We rise by lifting others,” as the saying goes. I’m happy to bank with an institution that feels the same way.

You know I’ve been banking with Tangerine since 2012, but what you might not know is I have also participated in a number of their community initiatives since then too. Known as their #BrightWayForward initiatives, these have included: exploring the community garden and having dinner at FoodShare in Toronto; donating food and participating in events during their Five Hole for Food road trip pit stop in Vancouver; speaking at a Financial Literacy Month event; talking to parents about how to teach their kids about money; the list goes on.

Tangerine knows every little bit counts, which is why they are committed to helping Canadians earn, save and keep more of their hard-earned money. As you can see from the list above, they also believe in giving back to the community. So, when they asked if I would help spread the word about this next initiative, the answer was HECK YES! Because to celebrate their 20th anniversary, they are giving away five cash prizes totalling $42,000 to community initiatives across Canada to help them reach their financial goals. The best part: you can help them decide who will get the money. :)

The #Tangerine20 Contest

Tangerine is inviting people to nominate a local initiative for #Tangerine20, which consists of five cash prizes designed to make a difference in their community. Twenty initiatives will be selected from the nomination pool, then communities will rally, encouraging Canadians to vote for the initiative they believe needs it most. The five communities with the most votes will receive up to $20,000.

Here’s how it works:

If there’s an organization in your community that’s saving up for an important cause, you can nominate them for the #Tangerine20 contest. The sky’s the limit, when it comes to what they are saving up for! If it’s important to your community, it’s worth nominating. And if you don’t know of an organization personally, share this post with family and friends, so they can nominate an initiative that is important to them. Entries are eligible to win one of the following cash prizes: one grand prize of $20,000; one $10,000 prize; two $5,000 prizes; and one $2,000 prize. This is real money, friends!

As for me, while I’m getting settled in Squamish and looking for a cause I can donate my time to, I still know charities rely heavily on the monetary donations they receive. The first volunteer group I have joined is the 100 Women Who Care Sea to Sky. Members meet four times a year to hear about the work of three local registered charities and vote for the organization they feel is most in need. The charity with the most votes receives a $100 cheque from each member. That’s $10,000 per charity and $40,000 each year, and I’m honoured to be 1 of the 100 women who gives it.

Between now and June 16, though, I’ll be spreading the word about the #Tangerine20 contest and seeing if there are any local initiatives that could use a little financial boost. Make sure you do the same, Canadian friends!

Do you volunteer in your community? Do you donate money, time or both?

And if you are in the Sea to Sky region, do you know any organizations who need extra hands right now? :)

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  • I bank with Tangerine too! It’s so great to see companies do things that aren’t just focused on profit. I don’t currently volunteer in the community I am living in now – but that’s something I would like to work on. I do, however, donate monthly to a farm sanctuary for rescued animals a couple of hours east of where I live (I helped out on the farm one Sunday last year and it’s been near and dear to my heart since!). I think it’s hard for people sometimes to find the right cause to devote time or money too. But once you find it, go for it! Thanks for sharing about this great initiative!

  • Sounds like a really cool bank! I like how you call volunteering an act of self care. It’s about the people you are helping, but the helper benefits, too. Sometimes I’ve left a sessions of volunteering feeling on the top of the world because you made a difference in someone’s life. Sometimes I’ve left feeling emotionally drained and overwhelmed by the need. But knowing you are doing the what’s right for you and others transcends whatever happened that particular day and is definitely satisfying.

  • I’ve always donated to the Red Cross, for both natural disasters and to support refugees, but recently I’ve started giving a little bit of money every month to organizations like the ACLU, since that helps them to organize their long-term budget better than having to depend on one-time donations and sudden windfalls. But like you, I’ve been wanting to donate more of my time, especially since I’ve been going through a rough breakup and I really need to think about someone other than myself. But I’m struggling with finding a group that a) actually needs my help and b) fits my work schedule, which is just a necessary consideration. I tried volunteering as a Big Sister, but there was a waiting list to be a mentor (which has happened to me before in other groups). I also looked into volunteering at a local homeless shelter, but they only needed people to work at their charity shop during the middle of the day, which I couldn’t do. Anyway, I’m not giving up on this, I just haven’t found the right fit yet, and I think that plays into why a lot of people want to volunteer more, but don’t. It’s just not as easy to do as one might think.