The Power of Community

If you want to go fast, go alone…. If you want to go far, go together.
African proverb

At Jos LeBel Containers, we understand the power of investing in our local community.
By definition, the word community means; ‘’a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests and goals”. We really believe in being an excellent corporate citizen and giving back to those in our city.

One way we achieve this is by partnering with non-profit organizations who share our values and beliefs. In Habitat for Humanity (HFH), we found the perfect mix of passion, attitude, drive and values and knew immediately that we had the foundation to build an enduring partnership.

From the outset we took a two-fold approach to supporting Habitat for Humanity.

Funding – understanding that all charity organizations require funds to operate, a goal was set to donate cash from a variety of company initiatives. Proceeds generated from our annual Bodtker Charity Golf tournament held in Calgary, go entirely to HFH. We hold fundraisers throughout the year with proceeds going to HFH and we also have a payroll deduction program company-wide, where dollars donated by an employee through payroll deduction are matched equally by our parent company; the Bodtker Group of Companies.

Sweat Equity – There is a second currency sought after by HFH – sweat equity. In August 2015, the Jos LeBel team shed their conventional work attire and donned steel-toed boots, hard hats and joined forces with Jean-Francois Deschaînes, the Habitat for Humanity foreman on site the day we held our HFH build. The entire day was focused on building a portion of a home for a family in need.

While we’re not exactly master carpenters, and the occasional hammer-missing-the-nail bruises have all healed, the memories from that special day live on, reinforcing our conviction that together, communities are stronger and can go far to helping those in need. The experience strengthened friendships between colleagues but really promoted the feeling of ‘’giving back’’ to our local community. It felt great!

For more information on Habitat for Humanity or if you’d like to volunteer your time, please follow this link: