Excellent corporate citizenship is a responsibility CUC takes very seriously. It has taken the lead in community involvement by providing voluntarism and financial support to many worthy projects.
Ever since establishing its Community Involvement Team in 1997 to coordinate employee participation in community outreach projects, CUC has lived up to its vision of being “Committed to Cayman’s Youth” and “Making a Positive and Lasting Difference in Our Community”.
Over the years, employees have contributed thousands of hours participating in various community projects, especially youth-oriented activities. This has been especially rewarding for employee volunteers who were willing to spend their lunch hours, evenings and weekends to serve as mentors for young people in various organisations, including the Cadet Corps and the Big Brothers Big Sisters Programme. Other programmes that are near and dear to CUC’s volunteers include the special friendships they enjoy with differently-abled young people from the Sunrise Adult Training Centre and the Lighthouse School.
In 2000, our employees established the CUC Children’s Fund, which allows them to make annual contributions to assist organisations dedicated to accommodating the needs of our young people. Each year, contributors select benefactors of the Fund, which have included the Island's primry schools, the Lighthouse School, the Sunrise Adult Training Centre, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Family and Children Services Unit. In addition to these benefactors, the Fund has also contributed to various fundraising efforts for children who are ill, one of whom underwent a successful liver transplant in June 2007 and another who had a serious heart condition. This Fund facilitates a greater sense of involvement in the community for our employees, as it allows them to determine the causes they would like to support each year.
In an effort to promote academic excellence through sports, the Company decided to sponsor the Island's existing primary school football league and in 2005 re-branded it as the CUC Primary Football League (PFL) under an initial six-year commitment with the Ministry of Education. Now in its 15th year, the CUC PFL and Girls Primary Football League (GPFL), which was introduced in 2014, boasts participation of football teams from 18 public and private primary schools across Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac. The PFL and GPFL has the backing of employees who have served on the Cayman Islands National Football teams and continue to participate in the sport, either as players, volunteer coaches or referees.
The Company has also been a staunch supporter of athletics, and after a 40-year “track record” with the Cayman Islands Athletic Association (CIAA), continues to solidify its relationship with Cayman’s rising and seasoned track stars such as javelin thrower Alex Pascal and Olympians such as 400m hurdler Ronald Forbes. CUC has been a major sponsor of the Cayman Islands CARIFTA teams since the country sent its first team to compete in Jamaica in 1979 and contributed greatly to the successful hosting of this premier Caribbean track and field event in 1995, 2010 and 2019.
Other community projects that attract a large number of volunteers include the annual Earth Day Clean-Up organised by the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce.
With the continued participation of our employee volunteers, we will continue to blaze new trails by supporting our next generation, the youth of Cayman, as positive role models committed to helping them to truly appreciate the importance of doing their part to help maintain harmony in our community.
Each year at the Company's Long Service Awards luncheon, we award our Top 5 volunteers and all other employees who contributed selflessly to our community and young people.
CUC will continue its position as a model community leader by fostering employee voluntarism and providing support to youth-related activities. One of our corporate targets is for each employee to volunteer for eight or more hours to our community projects per year. Focusing on the community is an integral part of CUC's business strategy, and the Company is committed to making Cayman's future a bright one.
Learn more about the four main Community Involvement programmes our employees are involved with:
CUC Primary Football League (PFL)
Sunrise Adult Training Centre