Meridian Credit Union Ltd. is supporting local communities through its employee giving program.

The organization’s year-end giving campaign, which launched Nov. 29 to coincide with GivingTuesday, generated $312,000 in employee donations and employer matches. Senior leaders also made a surprise donation of $67,000, which will be shared between three charities.

In November and December, all Meridian branches across Ontario collected non-perishable food items and toys to support local food banks. Employees also packed more than 2,000 personal hygiene and winter essentials kits for distribution in communities experiencing homelessness.

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Throughout 2022, Meridian’s employee donations totalled $486,000, which led to an additional $310,000 in company donation matching for a total of nearly $800,000. More than 580 charitable organizations were supported last year, up from 420 in 2021.

“Meridian has a highly engaged workforce, driven and motivated by a truly giving culture,” said Patty Johns, chief people and culture officer at Meridian, in a press release. “This year has been financially tough for many, but generosity and caring brings comfort and hope.

“Thanks to all Meridian employees for bringing some warmth to a cold season and extending support to so many charitable organizations that are working so hard to help others in need when they need it the most.”

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