CN Railroaders awards ANCOP Canada $8K grant

Volunteer work earned eight employees of a prominent Canadian company in Winnipeg cash reward for ANCOP

ANCOP Canada benefited from the $8K grant awarded by CN Railroaders Winnipeg to eight employees for community service. Each employee merited the $1,000 grant for their active participation in ANCOP’s work with the poor. The amount was donated to ANCOP as their charity.

Zandro Arevalo and his wife Chit during the 2014 ANCOP Walk in Winnipeg
Zandro Arevalo and his wife Chit during the 2014 ANCOP Walk in Winnipeg

CN Railroaders is a prominent Canadian transportation company engaged in integrated transportation services including rail, intermodal, trucking, freight forwarding, warehousing and distribution. The company’s main office is in Montreal, with sub-offices in various areas in Canada including Winnipeg.

The volunteer award initiative is under the company’s Community Employee Volunteer Grant program managed by CN Railroaders’ social arm, the CN Railroaders in the Community.

“CN is extremely proud of our employees who volunteer in our communities. We recognize and celebrate their commitment by donating $1,000 to charitable organizations for which they have volunteered at least 40 hours in a given calendar year,” they wrote Eli Minglana, ANCOP Canada’s Area Coordinator for Winnipeg.

The eight CN Railroaders ANCOP donors are Zandro Arevalo (ANCOP’s advocate at CN), Crody Eusebio, Conrado Ordonez, Federico John Rentoria, Stuart Matildo, Fidel Pazon, Henry Limosinero, and Hermann Galanto.  Moved by their desire to help improve the living condition of the poor, they have offered their skills and talents, time and resources to ANCOP. All of them have volunteered with ANCOP for 40 hours and beyond.

“We are so blessed to be here in Canada and we just want to give back to God His blessings by helping those who are less fortunate and struggling to survive. It gives us joy to be able to do that,” said Zandro Arevalo who is one of the leaders of Couples for Christ in Winnipeg serving in the youth ministry.

The past years CN employees and their families have been very active in ANCOP’s work in Winnipeg especially during the ANCOP Walk, a major fundraising initiative of ANCOP Canada done yearly.

“They have been our huge support serving as marshals and walk guides and overseeing the inventory and distribution of T-shirts,” Eli Minglana shared.  Said employees also help at the ANCOP office in the issuance of tax receipts to donors, and have been ambassadors of ANCOP actively campaigning for funds among their friends and colleagues. “We are truly grateful for their help,” added Eli.  ANCOP Winnipeg expects more donations from CN Railroaders as more of its employees volunteer for this worthy cause.

In Canada, various corporations and organizations offer incentives to their employees to render community service. One such incentive is CN Railroader’s Volunteer Grant. Other corporations match employees’ donation to their charities. For ANCOP, these are valuable opportunities to build up its network of support so it could expand its work of uplifting the poor through shelter and education.

By Edna Garrucho, ANCOP International (Canada)

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