COMMUNITY INVESTMENTS / SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Mint recognises the importance of involvement in the community and being a responsible corporate citizen. Mint can play an important role in encouraging companies to use technology to reduce their carbon footprint and become environmental friendly. In addition, every person’s individual contribution of their time can be equally as effective. In June 2011 Mint launched our Mint.Unity (DotUnity) community program.The aim of the program is to give back to the community in the areas around Mint’s Offices. DotUnity has chosen to support four main organisations for our community initiatives, namely Kensington Ridge Primary School (KRPS), Strathyre Home for Girls,the Johannesburg Children's Home (JCH) and Compass. Please read on to see some examples of Mint’s involvement in local community initiatives and our drive to being “First in Community”.
Mint’s Call to Action:
All Mint staff participate in the Quarterly “hands on” initiatives, giving a day of their time to go on-site to the various organisations that DotUnity is involved with, and physically do the work required. The Quarterly initiatives usually take place on a Friday. Our motto is “One action, one minute, one thought, one deed……………….makes one HUGE difference.”
In addition to the time given, employee’s support of corporate social investment initiatives is voluntary. Staff have the option to make donations to DotUnity by voluntarily completing donation forms which allows a set Rand amount to be deducted from their monthly salaries. Mint also contributes a percentage of profits to the coffers on a monthly basis. These funds are then used in future initiatives embarked on by the DotUnity program.
Mint frequently arranges raffles to arrange additional funds. These raffles are open to staff and customers to purchase tickets to win great prizes. Previous raffles inclulded an HTC Mozart Smartphone, an Easter Hamper and the Fancourt Raffle that included a trip for two to the spectacular Fancourt Golf Estate in George from the 17th – 19th May 2013.
Our first Hands-On Initiative took place on 28 February at ADHOPE, where we had an artist from Cape Town draw caricatures of the Staff at ADHOPE, as well as the children which ended up being a lot of fun seeing everyone's caricatures baring close resemblance. Some of the Mint employees had the opportunity to participate with the painting. The lick of paint gave the créche a much needed "Face Lift".
DotUnity also had a Clothing Drive, which the donations collected was taken to ADHOPE. We are currently running another Drive with the focus on collecting toys, stationary, blankets and more clothes with will be taken to ADHOPE during our next Hands-On Initiative day, which is scheduled to take place in the month of May. You can click on this link to see a full update and fun pictures of the day: ADHOPE HANDS ON DAY
Thank you to those Organisations who submitted applications for assistance at the end of 2013. Unfortunately, we are not in a position to help everyone as much as we would love to. Our committee had reviewed all applications and will be corresponding with those Organisations who applied shortly.
Keep an eye out for more updates.
December 2013 special initiatives:
During the Festive Season, Mint's staff joined in the spirit of giving as we collected plush toys for two organisations, namely CHOC and the Baragwanith Burns Unit. Representatives from our DotUnity Committee spread Festive Cheer amongst the children at both of these organisations when they delivery loads of soft Toys during the week of 20th December. We were also able to assist the ADHOPE organisation with a nearly new fridge which was kindly donated by our MD. Thank you to everyone who helps us put a smile on a few peoples faces!
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A moustache is the mark of a man, and today it is a symbol to spark conversations about important health issues. So guys, pledge to grow a Mo today, or ladies, become a MoSista and join the team to support the Mo’s. Find out more about why you should join Mint and Movember, by taking a look at the causes we are fighting for here: http://za.movember.com/programs. Please make a donation to this cause under our team – Mighty Mint Mo’s. In addition to your contribution, DotUnity has pledged to match your donation – awesome! Please complete the donation section on the website and kindly ensure that you have selected our team, Mighty Mint Mo’s (and that you allocate your donation to the team). Please take a few Moments to check out the site, it is really cool. Thanks in advance for supporting Mint and helping to change the face of men's health. United we Mo.
2013 Initiatives include:
8 November 2013– Quarterly Hands-on Initiative
Our final hands-on initiatives for 2013 took place on Friday 8th November at two of our four beneficiaries. We finished off the painting of the murals at Compass, painted their kitchen and wrapped Text Books at KRPS. Please visit each of the beneficiary pages for more information on the activities that took place on the day and to view the photographs.
23rd August 2013– Quarterly Initiatives
Our third hands-on initiative for 2013 took place on the 23rd of August at three of our four beneficiaries. We painted at JCH (outside play area), continued with more painting at Compass, and set up another two computers at KRPS, and updated their website. We visited Strathyre to hand over the much needed new school bags for the girls. Please visit each of the beneficiary pages for more information on the activities that took place on the day and to view the photographs.
Mandela Day Initiative
July was our “BOOK DRIVE” Month, and we once again combined these efforts as part of the Mandela Day Initiative which turned out to be a huge success. The Jacobs Connect Café Truck was parked in the parking lot of the H.Santos Building for 67 Minutes from 8am to 9.07am on Thursday 18th July where the Mintstaff and tenants of the H.Santos Building and the Vasco da Gama Building brought along a children’s book or R5 in exchange for a cuppa Jacobs Coffee. The month long book drive saw Mint collecting over 100 books which were handed to the M-Net Cares Naledi Children's Literacy Project representative at one of our staff meetings.
DotUnity Blanket Drive
During May this year, Mint held a blanket drive for the “Walk for Warmth” and “Bikers for Blankets” initiatives and managed to collect over 50 blankets.
Half of the blankets were handed over to the Bikers for Blankets drive at the SharePoint Saturday Johannesburg 2013 event on the 8th June, and the other half was handed over to Lebogang Lechuba on the 10th June who also supports two beneficieries: Bramley Children’s Home and Pathways. Bramley Children's Home provides a Residential care facility for traumatised and abused children. The aim is to provide a secure environment for these kids. Pathways is a NPO for children with varies disabilities. The organisation services appropriate facilitates to cater for the children’s special needs.which were handed over to the respective initiatives.
Above: Lebogang Lechoba and Mduduzi Shelembe during the blanket handover.
26th April 2013– Quarterly Initiatives
Our second hands-on initiative for 2013 took place on the 26th April. Once again, we painted at JCH (brightening up the Art Room), and we were able to complete painting of the mural on the perimeter walls at Compass. With winter that was fast approaching, we planted a winter vegetable patch at Strathyre.
We extend a heartfelt thank you to Monkey Fountain Nursery and Pet Shop who sponsored all the items required for the Strathyre Girls Home Winter Garden!
Kensington Ridge Primary School required our services in IT administration in their school office area. We extend another vote of thanks to Imperial-Toyota for donating four Computers to the school, who were unfortunately the victims of a break-in earlier this year where all of their computers were stolen. We hope to be in a position to assist KRPS to replace all 25 computers that were stolen.
We would welcome any assistance at the various initiatives!
22nd February 2013– Quarterly Initiatives
22nd February 2013 saw the first of the Hands-on initiatives for this year taking place at JCH, Kensington Ridge and our newest benefactor Compass. Walls were painted at Compass, two kitchens painted at JCH and administration done at KRPS.
Over the past two years, DotUnity has embarked on a number of community initiatives. Below are some examples of the difference we have made to benefactors:
17th February 2012 – Quarterly Initiatives
On Friday 17th February, Mint staff members embarked on three major initiatives at the three organisations supported by Mint.Unity. For details of these initiatives, and to view photographs, please click on each of the Organisations listed on this page.
18th May 2012 - Quarterly Initiatives
Friday 18th May saw Mint's staff embark on further 'upliftment' initiatives at the three Mint.Unity benefactors.
At Kensington Ridge Primary school, another class room was painted. In addition to this, Mint's staff had been collecting Nutriday yoghurt cups during May, which were delivered to the school as part of their Science expo project where the cups were used to build various structures and models.
At the Johannesburg Children's home, enthusiastic Mint staff members painted the site screens around the tennis courts. The pot plant holders around the various boys cottages also received a fresh lick of paint.
The Strathyre Home for Girls initiatives included the planting of a Winter Vegie patch plus the planting of Olive Trees, generously donated by Olea.
Through Mint.Unity's various fund-raising initiatives, we were able to purchase and deliver much needed kitchen appliances to both JCH and Strathyre, as well as two brand new lawn mowers for Strathyre.
14th September 2012 - Hands-On Initiatives
The most recent quarterly "Hands-on" initiatives took place on 14th September at all three benefactors. To read more about each what took place at each of the benefactors, please scroll down and click on the link for each benefactor.
Other Past Initiatives:
As its first project early in 2011, Mint.Unity selected a local school –Kensington Ridge Primary School, and helped to upgrade their soccer facilities and support their feeding scheme. Mint held a six-a-side soccer day, not only to raise further funds, but to celebrate the fact that new water fountains and soccer nets had been installed through funds already raised by Mint.
In July 2011, Mint participated in the Mandela Week initiatives by painting kitchen cabinets a school for the disabled in Centurion - Maranatha Bana. It was a project to help uplift the premises of the school.
The Festive Season Charity Drive held during November and December 2011 saw Mint staff collecting Toys, Clothing and Tinned Food items for various charity organisations. Boxes of goodies were delivered to these local charities by Mint’s Managing Director (and Chairman of Mint.Unity), David Woolnough.
Currently Supported Charities:
Kensington Ridge Primary School
Johannesburg Children's Home (JCH)
Strathyre Girls Home
Application for Assistance for 2014 CLOSED:
Customers who would like to participate in, or contribute towards the DotUnity initiatives are invited to contact DotUnity@mint.co.za