Community outreach is both a crucial part of the Green Energy Challenge and one of our team’s core values. We are enthusiastic about sharing our passion for sustainable buildings with CRWC so that they can understand how our work ties into their mission of serving the public.
During the past two weeks, CRWC welcomed us to volunteer in their children’s programs, where our Community Engagement team hosted several workshops on different sustainability concepts and joined in some active games! We were excited to be working with young minds, from ages 6 to 12, and get them engaged in becoming stewards of our environment.
Children’s Literacy Program
In this program, we hosted two workshops. The first involved colouring activities that challenged the children to identify electrical appliances and renewable energy sources. From this workshop, the children became more aware of the little actions they can take (such as turning off and unplugging household electrical appliances) to save energy. Also, they became fascinated by where all of this energy even came from and why we should take care of these resources that our environment provides.
Our volunteering team eagerly prepared for the workshops before the children arrived.
The masterpieces the children created taught them about energy conservation initiatives around the house and the positive impacts of renewable energy sources.
Our second workshop was a disposal bin sorting activity. We had pictures of a garbage bin, a recycling bin, and an organic waste bin along with little cutouts of different disposal items. The challenge for the children was to drop each item into the correct bin. They worked together in teams to learn about how proper disposal can reduce landfill waste, which in turn benefits the health of our environment.
We set up this fun activity that taught the children about putting garbage where it belongs to reduce landfill waste.
We ended the day by giving each child a cool certificate, rewarding them for learning about sustainability, and had them write down one thing they learned from our workshops. It was a great time for the children to reflect on how they can apply these new insights to their daily lives to continuously help the environment. In the meantime, our volunteers also learned a lot, as shown in the pictures below.
We reflected on the challenges and rewards of working with children on our awards!
Overall, we were very satisfied with how smoothly the workshops ran and how much we got to connect with the children. We hope that our hard work has empowered these new Canadians to become more mindful of their actions and to do their part to take care of the environment.
Children’s Fitness Programs
After our first successful volunteering event, CRWC graciously hosted us the following week for their Children’s Fitness Program. Two of our volunteers joined the CRWC’s facilitators to play a friendly game of quidditch with the children. It was awesome to see some familiar faces from our previous time there! The children were quite energized and cheered on each round of this fun game!
Our volunteers and CRWC facilitators rested at the end of an energetic game of quidditch!
Finally, our team had an amazing time joining CRWC’s volunteer programs and getting to bond with the children. It definitely was a unique experience spreading awareness of sustainability to a younger generation! We would like to thank CRWC for helping us organize our outreach events and our team members for dedicating their time for a great cause!
We had a great time teaching children about taking the initiative from an early age to take care of our planet, especially with Earth Day fast approaching (Sunday, April 22). With that in mind, we’d like to also share some links for those curious about how they can join in (if they haven’t already):
All about Earth Day: https://www.earthday.org/
Earth Day celebration events around Toronto: http://www.toronto4kids.com/March-2018/Where-to-Celebrate-Earth-Day-in-the-City/
Simple tips on how to help the environment everyday: https://greatist.com/happiness/ways-help-environment
Also, for those who aren’t familiar with quidditch from Harry Potter, here’s what this game is all about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1A6z7R-aaDw