NextGear Capital Canada (NGC), along with parent company Cox Automotive Canada, has launched its first ever Ready … Set … School! campaign this summer, in partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Peel.
The company-wide school supply drive, (which aims to ensure local children are set up for success in time for the school year ahead), saw NGC surpass its goal by three times the company’s intended target.
“For students living in poverty, the right school supplies are often a luxury instead of a necessity,” said Jerome Dwight, National Vice President, NextGear Capital Canada. “Social responsibility and ethical practices are vital to our success, and our team members wanted to positively contribute to the community we work in. I think their donations really showed that.”
Not all Canadian children have access to the supplies they need for success in the classroom. And poverty, regardless of level, has been linked to reduced academic achievement. Students who face this sort of difficulty come to school every day without the proper tools they need for success; as a result, they are often behind their peers physically, socially, emotionally and even cognitively.
“Back to school shopping can put a very real financial strain on families,” said Emma Pye, Project Manager Lead for NextGear Capital Canada. “Education is an important social concern, and this Ready … Set … School! initiative gave us all an opportunity to positively impact the lives of others through a simple act of donating school supplies.”
NextGear Capital Canada and parent company Cox Automotive Canada aim to maximize the creation of shared values for team members, while looking to have a positive impact on society as a whole.
The Ready … Set … School! campaign will wrap up during August with all donations supporting the Boys and Girls Clubs of Peel, a not-for-profit, charitable organization that engages at-risk children, youth and families from low-income communities.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Peel was conceived to provided a safe place for individuals to participate in impactful, fun activities that support the development of confidence, learning, and positive relationships.