Our mission is to promote ethical behavior and community involvement within the DeGroote School of Business through planning events that encourage DeGroote students to make a positive difference in the community around them The committee consists of a 9 person exec team, all of whom have played a vital role in planning all of our events this year. Our vision is that all students that pass through the DeGroote School of Business will emerge prepared to lead in corporate social responsibility in their future workplaces We hold multiple events throughout the year, some of these include; ‣ CIBC Run for the Cure ‣ Movember ‣ Valentine’s Day Retirement Home Visit ‣ 5 Days for the Homeless 5 Days was founded at the University of Alberta’s business school in 2005 when business students saw growing homelessness in their community and wanted to do something about it 3 Students decided that they would live outside for a week as if they were homeless in order to raise money to support their local youth shelter In it’s first year the campaign raised $2000, double what their expectations had been Over the next two years students at the University of Alberta focused on growing the campaign through getting public figures to support their cause and reaching out to corporate sponsors In 2008 they expanded outside of Alberta into 10 universities across Canada In 2009 there were 17 schools, and now, in 2013 wehave 26 universities who have participated The national campaign has raised $975 000 since 2005, and with the totals from the 2013 campaign we have easily broken 1 million During these “5 Days” students from business schools across Canada live as if they were homeless in order to raise awareness and funds for homeless shelters in their area 1) Remain on campus for five days. The campaign begins 5pm local time on the Sunday of the campaign week and ends at 5pm local time on the Friday. 2) Have no income. 100% of the funds donated to individual campaigns are passed on to their choice of local homeless youth organization. 3) Have no food or drinks. Food can only be received through direct donations, and all non-perishable food must be kept and used as a donation for a shelter. 4) Have only a pillow and a sleeping bag. These items can be exchanged for an emergency meal. 5) Have no access to showers, or facilities to which their student status would usually grant them access. Washrooms can only be accessed when campus buildings are open. 6) Sleep outside. The only exception is if inclement weather becomes a health risk. 7) Attend all classes. Participants will complete all academic and extra curricular responsibilities, including student organizations and teaching positions. 8) Avoid personal communication media. Participants will be expected to not use cell phone or online social networking websites (Facebook, etc) during the Five Days campaign except for the purposes of promoting the campaign. Each region is required to have at least one cell phone for safety purposes. 9) Write about their experiences. Participants’ experiences will be posted on an online blog available on www.5days.ca. The Notre Dame house is the charity to which all funds that are donated will go to It is Hamilton’s ONLY youth shelter, serving those between 16 and 21 Notre Dame house offers not only a bed and shelter for youth that are currently living on the street but also provides services that help them finish school, get jobs, and find affordable housing It also caters to at risk youth, providing programs to help them keep a roof over their heads and any support that they may need. Dealing with homelessness is always a hard issue because it comes with many stereotypes One of the points that we fought hard to get across was that youth homelessness especially, isn’t always a direct effect of someone’s actions We started planning 5 Days in September Planning got more intense once we returned from Christmas Break Everything from the logistics of where the sleepers would live, liability forms, holding interviews, finding sponsorship, getting in contact with media outlets, and quickly transferring information to the website fell under the planning category. Making sure as much cash as possible went to the charity Finding sources of funding (sponsorship) Finding volunteers to help out during the week Designing a campaign that was both interactive enough to engage university students but also showed that homelessness is a serious issue that needs attention. $1300 from the DCS $500 from MSU grant $200 from Westdale BIA Space booking ($250) Door to door donation cards ($415) Posters/Advertising (donated) T-shirts ($500) Bracelets ($140) Various Supplies ($120) Discount Truck (donated/$200) Our goal going into the campaign was to raise $12,000 (an $2,000 increase from last year) We have currently raised over $10,000, and online donations are still accepted until March 30th. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=playe r_embedded&v=tDnRhHge64w http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=playe r_embedded&v=wbpOhJEy5Ws#! http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endsc reen&v=HOXd-S45K-o&NR=1 Thanks for listening!