Our impact is about more than our products
Radius Security provides award-winning tools to help keep our communities safe and as such it’s important that our community initiatives help to prevent crime. Our Community Matters team works in close collaboration with community partners to support youth who are overcoming barriers to create positive, lasting relationships, and become leaders in their communities.
Today, this team is an employee-lead philanthropic committee responsible for determining the recipients of the company’s annual charitable donations and volunteer efforts.
This year, The Federation of Youth in Care Networks (FBCYICN) and the John Howard Society have been chosen as the recipients of our financial grants and volunteer efforts.
Supporting Youth Facing Barriers – Our work with The Federation of Youth in Care Networks
Our partnership with the FBCYICN aligns well because of their mission to create a safe space for youth to come together, build connections, identify challenges and feel a sense of belonging. The youth who participate and drive the programs at the FBCYICN, have or are currently in the foster care system.
Since 2017 our donation has directly impacted the Youth Retreats where youth come together from all over the province, in a safe space to receive support, counselling and create life-long memories.
We also fund the Dream Fund Scholarship, where youth from the BCFYICN apply to receive funding to help overcome some of the barriers they are currently facing. Recipients have used their Dream Fund awards for anything from post-secondary tuition, FoodSafe training and passion projects like yoga or photography classes. Employees of Radius Security also volunteer their time to help in the selection process.
If you would like to learn more about the Federation of BC Youth in Care Network, visit their website.
Community Reconciliation – Our work with the John Howard Society
"I am so thankful for the opportunity to serve at the John Howard Society over the holiday season. My children and I gained a valuable life experience by becoming aware of needs of the people of the downtown eastside. Our eyes were opened to this great need in our own backyard. We were humbled by the expression of gratitude from those less fortunate."
-- Vancouver Fire and Radius Security volunteer
The John Howard Society contributes to building safe communities by providing a variety of programs and services supporting people directly involved in the criminal justice system or who are at risk of involvement. Their mission is to foster inclusive, safe, and healthy communities.
Radius Security’s contributions have been directed to their Choices and Consequences program which brings experiential speakers to schools, youth custody facilities, and other community organizations to share their personal stories of the choices that brought them into contact with the law.
In 2019 our funds are supporting the launch of the new Restorative Justice program, an alternative to the criminal justice system for individuals who have caused harm in their community. The program provides a facilitated meeting where the person who caused harm and those impacted can meet and collaboratively create a contract, or resolution agreement, to repair the harm.
If you would like to learn more about the John Howard Society of the Lower Mainland, visit their website.
Surrey Food Bank
At Radius Security, we are proud to work with the Surrey Food Bank. This amazing organization supports 12 to 14,000 people each month. And 41% of those clients are children. That’s between 4,900 and 5,700 kids coping with some of life’s greatest challenges. The Surrey Food Bank not only feeds, but also provides programs and services for the most vulnerable in our community. That's a natural match for Radius Security's philosophy of empowering vulnerable community members to make better choices.
In 2016, Vancouver Fire and Radius Security raised $5,883 and donated almost 1,150 pounds of food. These results put Vancouver Fire and Radius Security in the top 10 of the 246 companies that held Holiday Food and Fund Drives for the Surrey Food Bank that year. Not bad for a first try.
For its encore, the company tripled its funds raised to $16,305.44 in 2017. And again, an enthusiastic crew volunteerd at the distribution centre. Following the holiday campaign, the Surrey Food Bank sent us a letter describing their valuable work and their appreciation for community partners like Radius Security.
Witnessing the Lasting Impact on Radius Security Employees
The Community Matters team is a volunteer committee, with the goal of encouraging our employees to be responsible givers in all aspects of their lives.
To learn more about our initiatives follow us on Instagram (@com_matters).
More Community Matters at Vancouver Fire
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