Wondering how you can give back to your community?
Fuelling Kindness is something you can get involved in by doing acts of kindness of any size. It is as simple as buying coffee and doughnuts for workers at a non-profit organization or writing inspirational messages on the sidewalk. Or, it can be weekly volunteering at a local charity that is dear to your heart. In whichever capacity, the hope is your acts of kindness make a meaningful difference in the lives of Canadians.
Fuelling kindness includes all volunteer supported social investments including:
- Fuelling Kindness as a one-time event (individual or team; includes former “Days of Caring”)
- Fuelling Kindness Grant supporting ongoing volunteerism (formerly Community Service Fund CSF)
- Fuelling Kindness with United Way
Fuelling Kindness and COVID-19
Our world looks different now with COVID-19. But that doesn’t mean we have to stop making a difference – in fact it’s needed now more than ever. Our priority is the health and safety of our people. In addition to following provincial government guidance, a HSSE checklist will be provided to ensure other precautions (e.g. sharing materials, carpooling) are taken.
There are ways where you can still give back to your community in a safe manner through virtual volunteering. You can find volunteering ideas on the Spark platform at the following link: https://shell.benevity.org/en-ca.
This list of virtual, remote and skills-based volunteer opportunities offers a few ways you can participate so that you can keep making a difference.
A few examples are:
- Donating blood
- Coordinating a virtual story time, exercise or entertainment hour for children (to help parents who may not have childcare).
- Taking part in digital support groups for causes that matter to you.
- Joining an adopt-a-senior Facebook group.
- Supporting small businesses in your community by ordering gift cards to use later or get deliveries, if available.
If you are volunteering please ensure that the recipient organization can accommodate the event and has protocols in place that meet government and Shell requirements.
How to get involved
One or more volunteers are needed for a Fuelling Kindness event; it is also a great team building activity that is focused on organized volunteer efforts targeted to a not-for-profit organization.
Not all random acts of kindness require funding, but if you do need funds to carry out your activity then you can apply for up to $500 in either Shell-branded gift cards and/or pre-paid credit cards to cover the cost of incidentals.
Online Application Form
We would like to know about your Fuelling Kindness activity. Even if you do not need funds or material, we ask that you submit an online application form, so we are aware of the great acts of kindness you are doing.
We would love to hear your story!
As they say, sharing is caring so please post your Share your volunteering experience on the Fuelling Kindness Yammer site, and post to Facebook, and Twitter and Instagram with #fuellingkindness. If you are posting photos please ensure you have permission from the person(s) to do so. The permission form can be accessed here.
For further questions send an email to SCAN-Fuelling-Kindness@shell.com.
Fuelling Kindness on Giving Tuesday – the global day of giving
Shell celebrates the 8th annual Giving Tuesday by sharing with you a heart-warming story of how one person’s idea grew way bigger than expected.
Giving Tuesday has become a global movement for giving and volunteering.
Fuelling Kindness Video 2020
Title: Shell Canada Fuelling Kindness 2020
A heartwarming story from our Scotford Manufacturing site in Canada where team members felt passionate about finding ways to support healthcare workers during the pandemic. Using a 3D printer, the team produced face shields to give to frontline workers who needed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Shell Canada Fuelling Kindness 2020 - Transcript
[Soft instrumental melody begins]
Mark: “When you're hit by the unknown. Sometimes you're not sure how you're going to help, but this small idea got way bigger than I thought it would.”
[Animated video plays while voiceover]
Wording “sometimes you are not sure how you are going to help” appears while man wearing coverall and hard hat walks across screen carrying a box.
[Radio sounds begins]
[Zoom to video footage of a man sitting in his vehicle and listening to radio regarding Covid-19 pandemic]
Radio announcer: “As this pandemic grows, frontline health workers face shortages of personal protective equipment.”
[Soft instrumental melody resumes]
[Video footage continues of a man sitting in his vehicle]
Mark: “When COVID first started hitting Canada, the thing that really bothered me was the notion of Canadians -- especially frontline workers -- just didn't have enough PPE you know, personal protective equipment.”
[Cut to video footage of men at a Refinery working on equipment and upbeat music begins along with voiceover]
Mark: “Where I work, I couldn't imagine not having PPE”.
[Cut to video footage of male co-workers at site standing in PPE, zoom to men looking at shield designs on the computer while voiceover]
Mark: “We heard about other companies retooling to manufacture personal protective equipment, and it made us wonder what could we do to help.”
[Voiceover with video footage of frontline workers actively working in a hospital pushing a stretcher]
Radio announcer: “Frontline workers say they're worried”.
[Cuts to video footage of people looking at drafts of face shields designs voiceover begins zooms to video of Mark having a discussion with co-worker and Manager]
Mark: “The more I watched the news, the more I realized that the timing was urgent. We had a great idea to make face shields, but we didn't know if our manager would go for it. Initially I pitched building about 300. He said, how about 2000? That was a lot of pressure”.
[Cuts to video footage of Downtown city scape]
[Sound of Shell Music begins]
[Zooms to video footage of man talking]
David:” We had the feeling that we were under prepared for what the reality of this pandemic was going to create for us”.
[Cuts to video footage of day to day operations at homeless shelter including busy workers at the George Spady Society]
David: “We're serving a vulnerable population here in Edmonton, running a detox and stabilisation unit. PPE was not available. There was a bit of desperation setting in. I personally was feeling a little bit nervous, understanding that we could be in trouble”.
[Zoom back to video footage of the Refinery with voiceover and zooms to female removing boxes from her car]
Tracy: “I'm used to ordering pump parts, motors, gaskets, pipe. And I got a call from Mark with a very strange list of materials. It was fun. I jumped right in.”
[Cuts to video footage of Refinery site volunteers gathering supplies and assembling face shields. A box is being packed and carried across the screen]
Mark: The feeling was overwhelming to have over a hundred people, volunteer to help make these face shields from all walks of life in our plant. We started to hear that Quebec was getting hit really hard with COVID. Our first shipment went to that province. That was an awesome moment. It felt fantastic”.
[Cuts to video footage of montage of various face shield recipients and fabrication of face shield and slide back to volunteers assembling face shields]
Mark: “We started getting more requests from provinces across Canada. They were saying, we'll take as many as you can make. Initially, we talked about making 2,000”.
[Video footage of female sitting in her car talking and starts driving to local sewing and craft store]
Tracy: “By the time the end of that 2000 came, it had moved up to 3000. It was incredibly hard to find material to complete those 3000”.
Mark: “Raw materials were becoming hard to find. We were having to look in really odd places to locate them, but we knew we just had to keep going”.
[zoom back to video footage of George Spady Society showing workers opening boxes and pulling out face shields]
David: “So to tell you the truth, I wasn't expecting the delivery of shields. We opened it up and it was like face shields. And a lot of them.
[Cut to video footage of David speaking as well as workers joyously opening boxes and putting on face shields showing happiness and a sense of relief and safety]
David: “It was really heartwarming to know that people were going above and beyond. It's not even their job, but they knew that people were desperate for them. Our staff do amazing work here and when they're fully supported and they feel safe, their capacity to give is enormous.
[Cut to video footage of workers wearing shields and zoom back to the Refinery assembling shields]
Mark: “Canadians look out for one another pure and simple. I never felt more proud to see a team like that come together. Let's just keep taking care of each other”.
[Sound of Shell Music Ends]
[Animated text fades onto the screen]
Choose kindness and watch it grow.
[Shell Logo Emerges Against White Background]
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