GoEasy gives $150K to BGCC fund
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario – GoEasy, the parent company of leasing merchant EasyHome and financial services provider EasyFinancial, has donated $150,000 to the Boys and Girls Clubs Emergency Relief Fund to help support families in need during these difficult times.
The Toronto-based Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada (BGCC), which serves over 200,000 Canadian youth, have suspended operations as a result of COVID-19, leaving many families and their children without access to the services they provide. During this time of crises, it is those families that need these services most including access to food and childcare, making this impact even more significant.
“As partners of Boys and Girls Clubs for over 15 years, we know firsthand the critical role the clubs play in the lives of so many Canadians,” GoEasy president and chief executive officer Jason Mullins said in a statement. “We are heartbroken for the clubs, their employees and the children and families they serve. Our priority for this year is now to help keep critical programs running, especially those that provide support for those families in greatest need.
“We know that the clubs will come back stronger than ever, but it was important that we acted quickly to ensure that those on the frontlines of this crisis can continue to do the impactful work that so many Canadians have come to rely on,” he added. Mullins also serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada Foundation.
GoEasy has been working with BGCC since 2014 to refurbish 100 kitchens across all its facilities from coast-to-coast by 2025 through its EasyBites program. It recently reached the halfway mark of the project, completing its 50th kitchen. The company says it has given about $2.9 million to the organisation over the past several years.
In announcing the funding, the company noted this move to help provide healthy food during this time of crisis to families in need was a natural extension of the partnership. By repurposing some of the funds from this year’s EasyBites program, GoEasy has been able to contribute to the most critical and essential services clubs provide within their local communities.
“We are grateful to GoEasy for going the extra mile for our clubs in this time of crisis,” BGCC president Owen Charters said. “GoEasy has been a trusted partner over the years, offering support through the EasyBites kitchen renovation program at clubs across the country and associate volunteering – thank you for the generosity when we truly need it the most.”
To donate to the Boys and Girls Clubs Emergency Relief Fund, visit http://greatfutures.ca/.