At TNT Property Maintenance, we believe that our involvement in the community can make a difference. As responsible corporate citizens, TNT is committed to supporting local charities and their projects, community events and organizations, and causes that enhance the lives of those living and working here in Kitchener. Our support ranges from donations of cash, items to be used at auctions, and, most importantly, active participation and volunteering.
Helping High School Students Get Green
Big business likes to align itself with higher education. In the Waterloo Region, there is almost an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the support that successful companies give to the universities and colleges. While millions are being given to the University of Waterloo and Conestoga College, who is helping high schools students?
For 10 years, TNT has made it part of our business philosophy to bring our horticultural expertise to the secondary-school curriculum and create opportunities for young people to excel in this industry. From founding the Annual Regional Landscape Skills Competitions for Secondary Students to chairing the Waterloo Region District School Board’s landscape/horticulture advisory council or organizing Skills Ontario competitions for landscape students, Rob Tester thrives on seeing young men and women blossom into avid horticulturists as they immerse themselves in the hands-on world of landscaping.
Offering these kids an opportunity to learn about environmental stewardship and creating living, growing spaces and knowing that some of them will continue this as a career or a life long hobby is very fulfilling.
Community Rebate Program
It’s these sustainable green practices and the need for an educated workforce that inspired us to dream up a new way to help Kitchener Collegiate Institute with its Green Industries program. Having adopted KCI as our school to assist (we also provide a landscape scholarship for a worthy student entering apprenticeship), we knew that with educational funding cuts, the horticulture program did not have the equipment they need to meet the demand of this rapidly growing, provincially recognized program. In order to help Pat Rittinger, the head of the KCI’s Green Industries class, purchase the equipment and feed the need (KCI also has two goats and six laying hens), Tester implemented a loyalty program this year that would see a 2% rebate of the dollar value of KCI-supporter purchases from TNT Property being donated to the school’s Green Industries program. Rittinger estimates that four or five students go on each year to choose a green industry as their career, while hundreds more have a new appreciation and knowledge of environmental stewardship.
The rebate money will help teachers buy the equipment and supplies needed to run this program, and people will feel good about making a difference simply by purchasing landscaping products or services they were buying anyway. It’s a true win-win situation.
The Community Rebate Program
is available to any non-profit organizations (including other schools) that wish to raise money for green initiatives. Just complete the application form
and mail, email or fax it to us.
to request an application package be sent to your organization.
TNT is proud to have supported these very worthwhile causes: