Tuesday 20 October, 2020

CUC employees donate part of their salary to the needy during COVID-19

The Ministry of Community Affairs Deputy Chief Officer Joan West-Dacres, who's leading the Needs Assessment Unit, during the COVID-19 pandemic, accepts the first cheque from CUC’s Kyle Mowbray.

The Ministry of Community Affairs Deputy Chief Officer Joan West-Dacres, who's leading the Needs Assessment Unit, during the COVID-19 pandemic, accepts the first cheque from CUC’s Kyle Mowbray.

Employees of Caribbean Utilities Company, Ltd (CUC) have agreed to help the less fortunate in the Grand Cayman community during the coronavirus crises.

The employees have authorised monthly deductions from their salaries to be donated to the Needs Assessment Unit (NAU) under the 'Because We Care' employee initiative.

The initiative was created to allow CUC employees to assist families in need, particularly those whose finances have been negatively impacted due to COVID-19. The initiative is CUC’s version of the recent 'CIG Cares' initiative where civil servants opt-in for monthly payroll deductions to help local families in need of financial assistance.

The Because We Care initiative will work in partnership with the Ministry of Community Affairs and the NAU that assist several families who are in need. Each month the company will provide a cheque to the NAU until December 2020. 
 
Pat Bynoe-Clarke, Manager Corporate Communications, stated: “The employees at CUC are always looking for ways to help those less fortunate. The Because We Care initiative provided an opportunity for us to give up a portion of our salaries so that persons less fortunate than ourselves can benefit. COVID -19 has impacted all of us, but those of us who can give back are happy to do so. Initiatives of this nature reflect the ‘Cayman Kind’ which we at CUC find important to be a part of.” 
 
NAU director Tamara Hurlston expressed satisfaction with the initiative. “As a country, we all have a social responsibility to assist our fellowmen by uplifting one another and providing financial and other support. I encourage other corporations and individuals to follow the lead of the CUC by assisting those in need who continue to be impacted by COVID-19 and other financial challenges,” she said.

The Because We Care initiative commenced in July 2020 and will continue until the end of December.

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