In response to the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Intel Foundation has committed to supporting relief efforts in communities where the company has significant presence, including here in Ireland.
A total of €500,000 was donated by the Intel Foundation to Irish charities to support coronavirus relief and recovery efforts. The donation was made to The Community Foundation for Ireland to support their Covid-19 Response Fund which is aimed at the immediate needs of organisations impacted by the pandemic crisis. Part of the Intel donation is being specifically allocated by The Community Foundation for Ireland to organisations in our local area.
One of the local area donations which was made recently was to the Maynooth Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) who received a donation of €20,000.
Intel has a long standing relationship with the SVP and for the past number of years Intel employees have spent the month of December supporting a variety of fundraising activities and collections in support of our local St. Vincent de Paul organisations.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) is the largest voluntary charitable organisation in Ireland and focuses on providing a practical approach to dealing with poverty, alleviating its effects on individuals and families.
The work of the Vincent de Paul has been impacted by the Covid-19 crisis as they find an increased demand for the services they provide coupled with the challenge of not being able to fundraise in their usual ways, for instance through collections.
Anne Bergin, the President of the Maynooth Conference of SVP, spoke about the donation by Intel, “St. Vincent de Paul has been assisting people in Maynooth for almost half a century. For many reasons, families and individuals may at some time in their lives find themselves under pressure financially or otherwise. COVID-19 has radically changed peoples’ lives since February and it would seem this disruption will continue for another while.
For many years, Intel has been a supporter of Vincent de Paul for which the organisation is most grateful. Through their External Relations Manager Lisa Harlow, Intel has once again responded to need through a generous financial donation to assist people in need in Maynooth. The Maynooth Conference of Saint Vincent de Paul extends its’ thanks to Intel and assure the company and its employees that his money will have a significant impact”.
Speaking about the donation Intel’s Lisa Harlow added, “The COVID-19 pandemic has had such a big impact on communities and more than ever the services provided by organisations like St. Vincent de Paul are proving to be vital. We hope that this donation will help the organisation to continue this vital work in the weeks ahead and that it will make a difference to vulnerable members of our local community. We are so grateful for the work of St. Vincent de Paul, and the many charities like them, who have demonstrated unwavering fortitude and care for the people who need it most”.
Read more about Intel’s Coronavirus response in Ireland: Intel allocates €500,000 for Coronavirus Relief in Ireland
Read more about Intel’s Coronavirus response globally: Intel Coronavirus News
About the Society of St. Vincent de Paul
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) was founded in Ireland in 1844. It is the largest voluntary charitable organisation in Ireland. During its history it has helped people in need through a Famine, a Civil War, a War of Independence, two World Wars and several economic recessions.
The society focuses on a practical approach to dealing with poverty, alleviating its effects on individuals and families through working primarily in person-to-person contact by a unique system of family visitation and seeking to achieve social justice and equality of opportunity for all citizens.
In addition to providing direct assistance to those in need, caring for the homeless, providing social housing, operating holiday homes and other social support activities, the Society promotes community self-sufficiency, enabling people to help themselves. Any assistance offered by the Society is given in a non-judgemental spirit, based on the needs of the individual or family seeking help.
The Society respects the dignity of those who contact us, offering assistance and advice when sought, maintaining their dignity while assisting them towards long-term self-sufficiency in a relationship of friendship, trust and confidentiality.
For more information visit www.svp.ie.
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