At Intel we are passionate about our commitment to community involvement, charity support and volunteering in both the communities where we work and where we live. Every year Intel Ireland selects two signature charities in order to give our employees the opportunity to dedicate their combined efforts towards providing volunteer time and funds, raised through specially organised activities, to these chosen charities. For 2017, the chosen signature charities are Aoibheann’s Pink Tie and Jigsaw.
Employees will engage in and support a number of different activities and events throughout the year to raise awareness and funds for the charities – these events include the annual Intel Charity Cycle, 5km Fun Run, Golf Classic and Family Day to name a few.
Intel has a unique initiative, the Matching Grants Program, which recognises and motivates Intel employees to engage in outreach and volunteerism by providing a cash grant to the schools, charities and other non-profit organisations where they volunteer their time. The grants are accrued based on the number of hours that are volunteered by Intel employees at organisations which are registered as part of the program. Both of the 2017 signature charities will benefit as part of this program as employees engage in volunteer activities to support the work of the two organisations.
In 2016 almost €75,000 was raised as part of the signature charity campaign which supported the Parkinson’s Association of Ireland and Irish Dogs for the Disabled. All funds raised from our site wide events were distributed amongst the two charities.
Volunteering at Intel
Intel Ireland employees have a long tradition of community engagement and 2016 was no different to previous years with a total of 89,294 volunteer hours being recorded by employees across Ireland. The hours volunteered in 2016 go towards a variety of activities in the communities in which our employees live and work.
A large number of the hours volunteered by employees during 2016 are eligible to be matched through the Intel Involved Matching Grants Program whereby $10 is donated for every hour volunteered with the approved organisation. The Matching Grants Program aims to recognise and motivate Intel employees to engage in outreach and volunteerism to make our communities a better place. As a result of employee participation in the Matching Grant program, this year 158 community organisations and schools from across Ireland received a matching grant totaling to $576,079.
About Aoibheann’s Pink Tie
Aoibheann’s Pink Tie “National Children’s Cancer Charity” was set up in 2010 by Mick Rochford and Jimmy Norman, after the tragic loss of Jimmy’s daughter Aoibheann to cancer aged just 8 years. Their mission is to deliver practical and financial support available to children suffering from cancer in Ireland and their families. The support they provide varies case by case as almost every situation is different. They solely focus on providing the supports to allow the family to focus on their wellbeing, their support of each other, and the treatment and recovery of their child – www.aoibheannspinktie.ie
Jigsaw is the National Centre for Youth Mental Health in Ireland. Founded in 2006, they continuously work towards ensuring that no young person feels alone, isolated and disconnected from others around them. They currently provide services in 12 different communities around Ireland, delivering vital supports to young people and educating people about youth mental health. Their vision is an Ireland where young people are connected to their community and have the resilience to face challenges to their mental health – www.jigsaw.ie