“Volunteerism is an integral part of bpTT’s philosophy, with our employees investing their time and talents on a year-round basis on diverse activities and projects in communities throughout the country,” Christie pointed out.
For the DeBance family, having lived in a basic ply-board structure for over 15 years, it was truly a blessing. Radhica DeBance said: “I am grateful to all of the volunteers who made owning our home a reality. Habitat for Humanity and bpTT has changed our lives and we are excited that we can enjoy our new home at last.” Volunteers worked feverishly to complete paint work on the interior walls and to cast aprons and drains around the perimeter of the house in Arouca.
An emotional Anthony Charmaine was overwhelmed by the efforts of volunteers who completed work on her house in Mayaro. “I have always longed to have a home of my own and was surprised at how quickly it was constructed,” she admitted, before adding: “My children can study for exams in a safe space.”
Michalan Joseph, a Communications and External Affairs Challenger and bpTT’s coordinator of the Day of Caring activities said: “This collaborative project with Habitat for Humanity was meaningful for me. I count it a privilege to be able to assist these families in completing their homes. The speed at which teams worked on the day stood out…it’s amazing how quickly we were able to make a big difference in such a short time-frame”.
Prior to the Day of Caring, bpTT employees at both the Port of Spain and Galeota sites donated food stuff and clothing to put together hampers for each family.
The United Way National Day of Caring 2014 demonstrated a partnership between bpTT and United Way Trinidad and Tobago (UWTT) which began in 2004. BPTT employees also volunteered at last year’s Day of Caring and worked together to make a difference at numerous children’s homes across the country.
This year, bpTT was one of 72 companies to participate in the United Way Day of Caring. Over 2,700 volunteers from these organizations took part in a range of projects ranging from repairing schools, planting gardens, cleaning beaches and upgrading facilities in both Trinidad and Tobago.
Ronda Francis, Corporate Responsibility Manager, bpTT said, “This project was truly a great undertaking and is the first time we volunteered to build six homes on the same day. It has been a privilege to be able to contribute in this way. BPTT is proud to sponsor Habitat for Humanity to further their efforts to help build a world where everyone has a safe, affordable, decent place to live.”