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”.
In 2012,Mint has recently joined the M-Net Cares "Drive for the Cause" campaign, in association with Liberty Medical Scheme, in support of the Naledi Children's Literacy Project and the Pink Drive, for the early detection and prevention of Breast Cancer. Please click here
to read more about DotUnity's involvement in this worthy campaign, and find out how you and your organisation can participate.
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 Mint.Unity 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 Mint.Unity 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 and an Easter Hamper. Our latest raffle was Launched on 1st March. Click on the Fancourt Raffle tab to find out more about this awsome raffle prize.ENTRIES CLOSE ON 1 MAY
Our second hands-on initiative for 2013 is planned for 26th April. Once again, we will be painting at JCH (brightening up the Art Room), and we will complete the painting of the mural on the perimater walls at compass. With winter fast approaching, we will be planting a winter vegetable patch at Strathyre.
We extend a heartfelt thank you to Monkey Fountain Nursery and petshop who have confirmed that they will be sponsoring of all items requried for the Strathyre Girls Home Winter Garden!
Kensington Ridge Primary School will once again require 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 unfortuantely 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 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.
Our latest fund raising initiative, a raffle to win a weekend for two people at Fancourt was launched and is open to everyone at a cost of only R100 per ticket.
Thank you to everyone for supporting our initiatives thusfar.
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
Applications for 2013 are already closed as we have selected our four benefactors for the year. New applications for assistance in the future may be submitted for review in October 2013.
Customers who would like to participate in, or contribute towards the DotUnity initiatives are invited to contact DotUnity@mint.co.za