LITE Holiday Hamper creates employment opportunities in Winnipeg
In addition to the many volunteers who help assemble and deliver the packages of food and other gifts, LITE provides funding for paid helpers.
“There’s a need for hampers but there’s also a need for employment and employment experience,” said Tyler Pearce, Executive Director of LITE.
The goal of LITE is to create jobs that will build someone’s skills and resume for long-term employment in the future. Often the jobs are for people with little or no work experience,
“It’a about giving people the tools and experience to be able to help themselves.”
“For us this is very ground level community economic development,” Pearce said.
Eight people, including Brian Helgason, were hired to make 300 hampers through the North End Community Renewal Corporation.
He’s recently unemployed.
“Everybody knows that people need things around Christmas time — it’s just the way it is,” Helgason said.
“Everybody’s hurting, nobody’s saying nothing and these people are helping people out, which is great.”
The holiday hamper program is one of several different employment initiatives supported by LITE.
The organization itself was established in 1999.
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