WE BELIEVE IN BEING RESPONSIVE TO THE NEEDS OF OUR COMMUNITY
Canterbury Park's corporate giving is not limited to financial contributions. Rather, the energy and spirit of our employees fuel our giving program. From Toy Drives and Highway Cleanups, to a variety of volunteer projects throughout the community, Canterbury Park employees donate their time and talent to the community both on and off the clock. In addition to participating in volunteer opportunities, employees also choose to support many area non-profits through our monthly Jeans Day for Charity, and over the last two years, employees got involved in supporting the global charity, Movember.
Feed My Starving Children
Canterbury Park employees volunteered with this non-profit organization to hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and these meals are shipped to over 70 countries around the world. In 1 ½ hours, the team of volunteers that Canterbury Park employees were a part of packed enough food for 9,504 meals which could feed 26 kids for an entire year!
Loaves & Fishes
Canterbury Park volunteers teamed up with the non-profit, volunteer driven agency, Loaves & Fishes to prepare and serve a meal to people in the Shakopee community. This non-profit’s mission is to provide nutritious meals to those who are hungry in the Twin Cities metro area in an atmosphere of hospitality at site locations where the need is greatest, and the employees who volunteered did just that.
For over ten years, Canterbury Park has been involved with Kids Vote. Employees involved volunteer at an assigned precinct location to guide students in grades K-12 through the real-life voting process. It allows students to go to adult polling sites with their parent or guardian on Election Day and vote on the same candidates as adults.
Additional Community Involvement
Hope for the Holidays
Over the holiday season, Canterbury Park teams up with the Cap Agency in Shakopee to benefit families in the Scott & Carver County areas. Employees are invited participate in Hope for the Holidays by donating toys/presents for our Giving Tree along with new hats, scarves & mittens for youth and adults. All of these items are distributed to the Cap Agency so qualified families in need are able to benefit from the program over the holiday season.
Food Drives, Blood Drives, School Supply Drives
Over the years, Canterbury Park has held multiple “drives” allowing employees to give back to the community. In our food drives, employees get involved by donating non-perishable food items that are then distributed throughout the community to certain organizations. Thousands of pounds of food have been donated as a result of employees choosing to donate. For the School Supply Drive, we partner with the CAP Agency to get supplies donated for their annual Backpack Distribution in which they distribute backpacks and supplies to local students in grades K-12. Employees can also take part in an annual Blood Drive which is located on-site making it easier for employee to participate throughout the work day.
Jeans Day for Charity
Each month, Canterbury Park participates in a Jeans Day for Charity through Southwest Newspapers in Shakopee to help raise funds for local non-profits. Each month a different area non-profit is selected, and on the Jeans Day, employees who wear jeans donate money to go to that local charity.
In 2014, Canterbury Park began taking part in Movember to help raise awareness and funds for men’s health. A number of employees participated in a Moustache Competition while many others supported the cause through joining the employee Movember team and raising funds.
For 13 years, Canterbury Park was involved in the semi-annual highway cleanup through Scott County. From 2001 – 2013, every fall and spring employees volunteered to help clean the portion of the highway that Canterbury Park was responsible for.