The Full Circle Project (FCP) is GFL’s inspirational, unique, community-driven charitable giving program that supports local charities making a real difference in the heart of our communities.
FCP activity thrived during 2022 with 127 branches in nine Canadian provinces and 19 US states donating over CA $2.5 million in funding to over 200 different projects.
Here are some 2022 project highlights from each of our charity classes:
The charities supported in this class work to protect and improve the lives of animals in need.
Endangered Animal Rescue Sanctuary (E.A.R.S)
GFL branch: Ocala, Florida
Through FCP, GFL donated US $9,000 to E.A.R.S, a shelter that cares for endangered animals by providing them with a natural habitat, nutrition and health care. The local GFL team members helped to build and upgrade a fence, painted a new bathroom facility and completed landscape work.
Calgary Humane Society
GFL branch: Calgary, Alberta
GFL donated CA $10,000 towards the dog kennel, part of the Building Improvement Enhancement Project, and general expenses at the shelter. As a Community Champion partner, FCP provided 25 tickets for local families to attend Hound n’ Sound, CHS’s 100th birthday celebration.
This class supports charities that conduct research into cures, develop technologies and work to enhance the lives of children and adults who live with chronic health issues.
Ronald McDonald House
GFL branch: Winnipeg, Manitoba
The Ronald McDonald House is a “home-away-from-home" for rural Manitoban and out-of-province families with a child requiring treatment at a nearby hospital. A donation of CA $5,000 went towards a room where families stay. The local team got involved by scheduling a night of cooking for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House.
Victoria Hospitals Foundation
GFL branch: Victoria, British Columbia
Victoria Hospitals Foundation helps ensure that the best possible hospital care is available to residents of Vancouver Island. FCP donated CA $5,000 towards the Victoria General Hospital Staff Appreciation Lunch, where GFL volunteers helped serve food and lent a hand with pre- and post-event activities.
Through this class, FCP supports charities that benefit our planet by conserving our natural and ecological environment.
The Nature Trust of British Columbia
GFL branch: Chemainus, British Columbia
The Nature Trust of British Columbia protects the natural environment of the province through securement, restoration and management of ecologically significant lands. A donation of CA $6,500 went towards the charity’s annual Nature Trust Gala event. GFL employees attended the event and have helped with nature conservation initiatives in the area.
Squamish Streamkeepers Society
GFL branch: Squamish, British Columbia
The Squamish Streamkeepers Society works with the Squamish Nation, the largest Indigenous group in this area, and the Howe Sound/ Átl'ka7tsem Marine Stewardship Initiative to maintain the health of waterways in the Howe Sound area of Vancouver, British Columbia. A CA $5,000 donation helped fund an initiative to survey, monitor and document the herring presence in Howe Sound. GFL’s Squamish team helped to monitor herring spawn in the local area and report back to the Squamish Streamkeepers Society.
This class supports food banks and other charities that are working to provide housing, food, job assistance and other services to improve people’s basic standard of living.
GFL branch: Toronto, Ontario
Second Harvest is the largest food rescue organization in Canada and a global thought leader on food recovery. Through FCP, GFL donated CA $10,000 to the charity and our Environmental Responsibility and Sustainability team attended a food sorting event.
Cultivate Kansas City
GFL branch: Harrisonville, Missouri
Cultivate Kansas City provides enhanced food access for vulnerable populations, operates an urban farmer development program and trains refugees with agricultural experience to become independent farmers through the New Roots for Refugees program. Along with a US $5,000 donation, GFL’s Harrisonville team volunteered at the Westport Commons Farm.
This class focuses on giving back to First Responders and Veterans who selflessly serve our countries and our communities.
Project Healing Waters
GFL Branch: Greensboro, North Carolina
Project Healing Waters provides veteran support in our community, focusing on physical and emotional rehabilitation for disabled veterans and active service members. The US $4,000 donation went towards the charity’s Fall 2022 Fishing Excursion, sending 12 veterans to attend with all expenses paid. The local GFL team contributed time by guiding fishing trips and attending fly-tying events and rod-building classes.
The Canadian Red Cross
GFL branch: St. John’s, Newfoundland
In response to Hurricane Fiona, which hit Atlantic Canada in September 2022, the Canadian Red Cross worked to help people in and around affected areas as quickly as possible and provide humanitarian assistance for new needs as they arose. GFL’s CA $25,000 donation enabled the Red Cross to continue to carry out relief, recovery, resiliency and risk reduction activities in the Maritime regions impacted by the hurricane. The donation also helped to support all GFL locations in Atlantic Canada affected by Hurricane Fiona.
Donations made in this class help families with children in need to build a happier, healthier future.
Gignoo Transition House
GFL Branch: Fredericton, New Brunswick
The Gignoo Transition House helps protect and empower Indigenous women and children from communities in New Brunswick who are survivors of domestic abuse. At Gignoo, vulnerable and at-risk families are supported daily as part of a healing journey to help end the trauma suffered. The CA $10,000 donation went towards purchasing a new washer and dryer for the shelter, and the local GFL branch participated in their food and clothing drive.
Guest House of Milwaukee Inc.
GFL Branch: Muskego, Wisconsin
Guest House of Milwaukee Inc helps combat homelessness and also has a food pantry and community garden for those in need in the neighborhood to access. The US $5,000 donation went towards the community garden. GFL employees helped in the garden so community members could have access to free vegetables.
This class invests in enriching local arts and culture, as well as supporting programs and scholarships that create better educational opportunities for young people.
Growing Futures Early Education Center
GFL branch: Kansas City, Missouri
Growing Futures Early Education provides education and support services to families that live 100% at or below the federal poverty line. A donation of US $7,500 went towards rebuilding a new classroom and attracting and retaining new staff. GFL team members volunteered to help rebuild the classroom.
100 Black Men of Greater Columbia
GFL Branch: Columbia, South Carolina
100 Black Men of Greater Columbia’s mission is to improve the quality and enhance educational opportunities for African Americans. Through the FCP, US $7,500 was donated to the charity and the local team helped pass out backpacks to children in need.
We’d like to thank all our branches and employees who have participated in FCP through 2022 by nominating charity partners and volunteering their time to give back to their communities. We look forward to continuing the success of the Full Circle Project and building new partnerships with charities making a difference where we live and work.
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