Engage and Change

Engage and Change

Posted by Hain Celestial on Jan 20, 2014 | A Healthier Way of Life

Engage and Change is a charity that provides opportunities for companies and groups of people to engage in hands-on volunteer projects focused on alleviating poverty and creating strong healthy communities. With Engage and Change, volunteer teams work together to assemble and build ‘Kits’ for distribution through local Social Service agencies and organizations.

“Good people working together for the good of the people”

Winter Project was Project Winter Survival 2014

Pack Day – Saturday January 19, 2014 

On Saturday, January 19, 2014, Hain-Celestial Canada employees joined approximately 200 volunteers to pack 3000 Winter Survival Kits for the homeless.  Each kit contained over 30 items, with close to 100,000 units of product being packed in a bag assembly line style.  The whole pack, from start to finish took 3 ½ Hours. 

Hain-Celestial Canada supplied Jason Brand Toothpaste and Deodorant for each kit.  Front line workers tell the volunteers and project co-ordinators that dental care items are the most essential items hygiene items in the Survival Kit.  

Other corporate sponsors in attendance included, 13 Division Toronto Police Unit Commander Scott Baptist, Youth in Policing Initiative group, and many more wonderful volunteers.  Media in attendance included, CTV, CBC, Global, City TV, CP24, and more. 

At the press conference a homeless gentleman named Gary read a poem that he wrote and is soon to be published. 

Hain Celestial Canada Team on Pack Day 


Distribution Day – Saturday, January 25, 2014 

Approximately 200 volunteers in total gathered together to distribute 3000 Winter Survival Kits to over 175 shelters, agencies and outreach programs.  

Volunteers were put into 3 teams and were outside all day, loading the agency vehicles.  The ‘Purple & Yellow’ Hain-Celestial team did an awesome job loading about 1000 kits, as did other teams. 

Volunteers were given the opportunity to meet the agency representatives that were there to receive their allocated Survival Kits.  

The weather was unpredictable, but we completed the distribution in 3 ½ hours.  

In attendance were other corporate sponsors, 13 Division Toronto Police, former NHL Player, Brad May, Global’s Alan Carter, Councillor Josh Colle and many more wonderful volunteers.  Media in attendance included, CTV, CBC, Global, City TV, CP24, and more. 

Hain Celestial Canada Team on Distribution Day