GAL Power Systems Makes Giving Back a Way of Doing Business
When fire ravaged Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, GAL Power Systems, which is based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, contributed one of its 53-ft. trailers to be used to transport donated items from Ottawa to the Edmonton relief center to assist victims of the fire. With the help of GAL Power Systems employees and the community, the trailer was packed with more than 600 boxes filled with items for needy families.
To make Christmas a little brighter for children, GAL Power Systems’ Mississauga, Ontario, location has sponsored a Salvation Army Christmas toy and food drive. Employees and members of the community are encouraged to participate. After all of the items are collected, employees, as well as many of their high school-age children, come in and volunteer to sort the food for the Salvation Army. Last year, more than four skids of toys were collected as well as lots of non-perishable food items.
This is just a sampling of the ways GAL Power Systems, which specializes in power generators and climate control equipment at its nine locations throughout Ontario and Quebec, gives back to the communities these locations serve.
“Beyond our core business services, our senior executives strongly believe we have a responsibility to make a positive impact in our society and contribute to the initiatives that directly impact those societies and future generations,” says Diane Gouge, marketing manager.
“Engaging with and supporting local communities for socially responsible initiatives has been an integral part of business for GAL Power Systems. Business is more than running our operations with both financial and operational success. It also means building lasting relationships within the communities in which we operate,” Gouge adds.
One of GAL Power System’s major philanthropic initiatives is supporting the Help Kids Grow Up Charity Golf Tournament. Since the tournament began in 2010, more than $400,000 in net donations has been raised to support programs through Variety of Ottawa for children with critical health challenges and for programs in Africa through the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA).
In addition to GAL Power Systems being a major sponsor, some employees participate in the tournament and others are involved in minor roles to secure sponsorships.
No matter what the event, employees have rallied around the company’s culture of giving back, Gouge says. “Employees are excited about helping and enthusiastic about donating their time to better the communities that we all live in as well as supporting those less fortunate abroad. We are always happy to lend a helping hand. Our employees talk about all of our locations as if they were one – one GAL and a family. It is in this spirit that we show our support of all people in all communities and cultures.”
Note: This is the latest in a series of ARA Foundation spotlights on the organized philanthropic efforts of rental store businesses and manufacturers/suppliers of rental equipment — volunteer endeavors that have been highlighted throughout during “ARA Makes a Difference in Your Community Month.”
This was an official publication of the American Rental Association.