Companies and even non-governmental organisations (NGO) are redefining the meaning of corporate social responsibility (CSR). Wikipedia states that the goal of CSR is to embrace responsibility for a company’s actions and encourage a positive impact through its activities on the environment, consumers, employees, communities, stakeholders and all other members of the public sphere who may also be considered as stakeholders. That said, United Way T&T is the vehicle for some local companies—officially, they number 61—to demonstrate CSR through their donations. These companies range in industries from banking and biscuits to energy and food distribution.
United Way’s July-December 2011 newsletter, United Voice, identified how much money it raised, under the direction of Derek Hudson, asset general manager at BG T&T, which organisations received the funding and to what use the funds were applied.
According to its chief executive officer, Pamela Francis, “The year 2011 saw the highest allocation of grants by United Way to date, ie, $6.4 million to 30 organisations. “Grant applications were assessed by the NGO Committee, and funds were allocated based on the results of the assessments of governance, transparency and accountability, and the worthiness of the projects/causes.”
Following is a list of many of those recipients and the amounts received:
1. Amica House, St Augustine, home to 17 girls, ages seven months to 19 years, $160,000.
2. Bridge of Hope, Sangre Chiquito, home to 21 children between two and 16 years, $250,000.
3. Casa de Corazon, Sangre Grande, home to 19 children between ten and 17 years, $60,000.
4. Loveuntil Foundation’s Raffa House Children’s Homes, Curepe and Tacarigua, home to 28 children between five and 16, $180,000.
5. Joshua Boys Home, Arima, home to 16 socially displaced boys between one and 15 years, $140,000.
6. The Heroes Foundation, which runs two programmes, Big Brothers Big Sisters T&T Mentoring Programme, and the Youth Development Programme. Over the next year, the foundation will receive $75,000 each month to maintain these two programmes.
7. Vision of Hope, La Brea, halfway house for women and their children who have been physically, sexually and emotionally abused, $150,000.
8. Goshen House, halfway house, Peytonville, Carapo, $179,000.
9. Families in Action (People in Crisis Fund). United Way T&T said its mission is to mobilise human, financial and physical resources for the benefit of well-governed NGOs and community-based organisations within T&T who serve vulnerable citizens.
10. Moms for Literacy, which delivers remedial literacy reading classes for children between the ages of seven and 15, $200,000.
11. Rape Crisis Society, $46,800.
12. Mamatoto Resource and Birth Centre, Belmont, $60,000.
13. Adult Literacy Tutors Association, $270,000.
14. The Lady Hochoy Home (north), $100,023.44)
15. Consortium of Disability Organisations, $100,000.
16. T&T Alliance for Sport and Physical Education, $120,000.
17. The National Centre for Persons with Disabilities, $150,000.
18. Immortelle Children’s Centre for Special Education, $150,000.
19. Kids in Need of Direction, $100,000.
20. Bridge of Hope (The Kernaham Centre for Community Development, $170,000.
21. Credo Foundation for Social Justice, $300,000.
22. Servol, $1.3 million to be paid over two years.
23. Families in Action, $249,500.
24. Youth Business T&T, $150,000.