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  • 5 branches in London to fill the need

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  • Helping Londoners since 1951

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Monthly Archives: March 2011

Memo

To:        All Staff
From:    Peter Rozeluk, Executive Director
Date:       April 14, 2014
Re:        Birthday Cards/Gift Cards

When I started at Mission Services of London approximately 4 years ago, I thought one way of connecting with staff was to send to each of you a birthday card, including all permanent, part time and casual staff.   I sign each card and write a personal note.  I know that many, if not all, staff appreciate the gesture.

In addition to the birthday card itself, I began a practice of including a gift card with the birthday cards, as a voluntary thank you from Mission Services of London and me.  Over the years, this practice appears to have become an anticipated or expected event on your birthdays.  I initially hand wrote in each card a comment about the card being a taxable benefit from Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) perspective, and then had a pre-printed label affixed to the cards, to make sure all staff understood the tax implications.

As most of you are aware, a couple of years ago Mission Services of London encountered some significant financial challenges, and you are aware that our audited financial statements showed an operating deficit of approximately $800,000.  You were also aware through the town hall meetings that our Board authorized a budget deficit for the year just ended (March 31, 2014) and that we continue to review our activities and programs as we journey toward financial stability and our strategic direction of financial sustainability.

Difficult decisions were made across the organization during the budget deliberations, and it is with a great deal of sadness that I decided to end the gift of the Walmart cards effective March 31, 2014. To any one individual it may not have seemed like much, but collectively for 150 employees at a cost of $40 each (card and income tax), this is a non service cost that at this time requires a pause.

I very much value the contributions that each of you make, and I hope that you will not see the end of this practice as an end or a decrease in the amount that I value your individual contributions.

For PDF click: [14.04.09]MEMO_BirthdayGiftCards



With donations, the more you give, the more you save! 
by Exec. Director Peter Rozeluk

As a tax accountant I was often asked by clients if there was any benefit to making a charitable donation.  My answer was always yes – because the intangible benefits were always greater than the obvious tax benefit, which often was the real focus of the question.

The big change this year related to charitable donations is the extra 25% credit for donations made after March 31, 2013.  There is a requirement though that neither you nor your spouse can have claimed a donation since 2007.  This credit is available until 2017.

Sadly, unclaimed donations from prior years won’t qualify for this extra credit.  Because the donation credit’s value increases with donations over $200, consider combining donations on one spouse’s return and carry forward smaller donations.

 But quite apart from this new tax change, there is a tax benefit that has always been there and gives meaning to the title of this blog.  You need to know that the first $200 of your total donations result in a credit at the lowest tax rate.  However, donations over $200 result in a tax credit at the highest tax rate. So it is possible for a person to get more back in a tax refund from a donation than the tax they paid on the earned income they donated.  For those who are not in the top tax bracket, there is a sweet spot of making donations totaling more than $200.

For examples of the FDSC, visit http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/fdsc/
For frequently asked questions, visit http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/gncy/bdgt/2013/qa01-eng.html

 

 

 

 



Please join us for the next lunch and learn session at Head Office on Friday May 2nd. Lunch will be provided. R.S.V.P to Kim by April 29th – call 519-433-2807.

Click here for the info sheet.

 



MEMO (Link to memo document – same as below)

To: All Staff
From: Peter Rozeluk, Executive Director
Date: April 7, 2014
Re: Annual Salary Reviews

 In January 2014, Mission Services of London (MSL) implemented and posted revisions to our current Compensation Administration Policy 2-120.  The policy requires that we periodically complete an External Market Analysis.  This means that we compare our salary grid to pay grids in other organizations.

As part of the 2014 – 2105 fiscal year budget, approved by the Board of Directors of Mission Services of London, an adjustment to the pay grid was made based on the completion of an External Market Analysis.  Basically the maximum pay rates for all staff are being increased.  In order to accommodate the increase in a fiscally responsible manner, an extra step has been added to each S level. Therefore, effective April 1, 2014 the following changes will be made: 

  1. A new salary grid will be put in place. A copy of the new salary ranges is being posted at all branches along with this memo. New Salary Grid Click Here.
  2. The transition to the new pay grid will be done throughout the year on each employee’s anniversary date and will be tied to the performance evaluation process.  Employees who achieve an overall “satisfactory” performance rating (a “3”) on their annual performance appraisal, will be moved to the hourly rate of the new salary ranges at the same step they are currently in.  Note that movement to the new grid will result in all MSL staff effectively receiving a pay increase
  3. For the 2014 – 2015 fiscal year, because of budget constraints, there will be no step increases.
  4. Pay adjustments will be effective on the employee’s anniversary date.  Employees hired effective April 1, 2014 and after will receive an hourly rate based on the new salary ranges.
  5. Employees who are above the top of their salary range will continue to be red circled until such time as the salary range moves above their current hourly rate.

On behalf of the Board and Management Team, I want to thank you for your hard work and dedication to our clients.  If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact Brenda Chapman, Director of Human Resources.



Store Clothes RackVarious opportunities are now open to volunteer at The Mission Store, 300 William Street in London. 

A few hours a week is all it takes to give back to your community. And you’ll get some good karma along with it! 

 

 
CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES

Children’s Clothing Sorter – urgent:

  • Tuesday & Thursday mornings

Warehouse Rough Sorter:

  • Monday mornings and afternoons, Friday afternoons
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds

Voucher Client Order:

  • Wednesday mornings
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills

 Voucher Client Orders:

  • Wednesday mornings
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills

Warehouse Organizer:

  • Wednesdays or Thursdays
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds

Store Clerk:

  • Thursday afternoons
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills

Skills and qualities required for all opportunities:

  • Must be sensitive to the life circumstances and needs of client.
  • Ability to work in a faith based organization, adhering to the vision, mission and values of Mission Services of London.

Please click HERE to apply, or contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 519-433-2807 or volunteer<at>missionservices.ca for more information. 

*Only those who meet the specific volunteer requirements will be contacted.*
*All applications are kept on file for a period of 6 months.*



We’re grateful to Red Lobster on Wellington Street in London for awarding us the Darden Restaurant Community Grant to help locally and support our neighbours in need.

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It’s common for Mission Services to get the public reaction, “I didn’t know you had a thrift store!”  It’s been operating for decades, and we don’t want it to be a secret. Here are the must know details:

- Located at 300 William Street at Bathurst.
- Offers gently used clothing, footwear, bed/bath linens and household items at nice prices.
- Runs a voucher program for clients in need of free items.
- Graciously accepts your donations! (Furniture and large appliances not taken.)
- Will arrange pick up of donations weekday afternoons in London.

Visit The Mission Store page for store hours and location map.

See our April 2014 Curb Notes newsletter online, which features our store.



It’s common for Mission Services to get the public reaction, “I didn’t know you had a thrift store!”  It’s been operating for decades, and we don’t want it to be a secret. Here are the must know details:

  • Located at 300 William Street at Bathurst.
  • Offers gently used clothing, footwear, bed/bath linens and household items at nice prices.
  • Runs a voucher program for clients in need of free items.
  • Graciously accepts your donations! (Furniture and large appliances not taken.)
  • Will arrange pick up of donations weekday afternoons in London.

Visit The Mission Store page for store hours and location map.

See our April 2014 Curb Notes newsletter online, which features our store.

 



Announcement of new Director of Finance, who starts on Monday, March 31, 2014. Thank you to staff who have helped out and been patient in the interim. See link for full memo.

14 0320 Memo to Staff re Director of Finance Hire

 

 

 



Street Sign Hamilton RoadMission Services of London’s head office had a Monday morning surprise on March 10th. A motor vehicle accident at the corner of Hamilton Road and Rectory Street left no one injured, but the street sign was temporarily knocked down onto our building roof.

It startled staff for a moment, but not for long. They were right back at it, helping our local neighbours in need.  We help thousands of clients yearly with weather appropriate clothing, nutritious food, safe shelter, counselling, rehabilitation, housing assistance, and more. We offer hope for a brighter future. And we do it with countless supporters, volunteers and friends.

What’s coming up…  In March, we looking forward to announcing the amazing results from our Coldest Night of the Year winter walk that was held in February. In April, we will celebrate the Easter season and of-course our wonderful volunteers – all 200+ of them and counting! In May, we will focus on legacy giving since May is Legacy Giving month.

You can catch regular updates on Twitter @Mission1951 and Facebook.



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