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 important work of the society is particularly critical at this time of the year and with this in mind Intel once again decided to devote volunteering and charitable activities in December 2020 towards supporting the SVP.
One of the key activities supported by employees was the donation of over 200 specially assembled gift boxes as part of a shoebox appeal for St. Vincent de Paul. The shoeboxes were assembled for children of a variety of ages and typically contain practical items, such as toiletries, along with toys, books and treats etc. for the recipients. Intel also donated a number of Christmas items to the organisations. Intel employees also created and sold specially designed ‘Santa Letters’ to raise some funds for the organisations.
Earlier this year we announced that the Intel Foundation was donation €500,000 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 focused on supporting immediate needs of organisations impacted by the pandemic crisis. Part of the Intel donation was specifically allocated by The Community Foundation for Ireland to organisations in our local area.
Specifically, both the Leixlip and Maynooth chapters of the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) received a donation of €20,000 each to support their COVID relief efforts.
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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