Norfolk County’s Dress Down Days (also known as ‘3D Fridays’) contributed almost $25,000 to local charities in 2018. Staff members have the option to dress casually, which includes wearing denim, on Fridays to show their support for charity. They contribute $2 per week through a payroll deduction program. The employee’s attire is still required to be neat, professional as well as safety conscious, as per our HR-03 Dress Code policy.
“This program is just one of the many ways staff give back to the local community,” says Erin Anderson, Norfolk’s Director of Human Resources. “Our staff are quite proud to be able to support these many wonderful organizations, who do so much good for the residents of Norfolk County.”
All contributions from that month are combined and one lump sum donation is made on behalf of Norfolk County employees. Each month a different registered local charity receives the money collected. The Newsletter and Special Events Committee receive charity recommendations from anyone within the organization that chooses to participate in the program. The committee then votes each year on which 12 local charities will be chosen to support.
This information is communicated on the intranet site and in the corporate staff newsletter.
The charities that were selected for 2018 are as follows:
- Canadian Mental Health Association, Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk County
- Haldimand Norfolk Community Senior Support Services
- Big Brothers/Big Sisters – Haldimand Norfolk
- Multiple Sclerosis of Canada Grand Erie Chapter 11
- Simcoe and District Humane Society
- Kid Sport of Norfolk County
- The Salvation Army Simcoe
- Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk
- Lung Association of Haldimand-Norfolk
- Delhi Sharing Pantry
- Alzheimer’s Society of Norfolk County
- Haldimand and Norfolk Women’s Services
The total employee contributions for 2018 were $24,903. This was over double what was raised the previous year.