We recently announced that the Intel Foundation had committed to supporting coronavirus relief efforts in communities where the company has significant presence, including here in Ireland.
As a result, the Intel Foundation donated a total of €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 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.
The first of these local area contributions was made this week as the Leixlip Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) 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 Leixlip Society 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 door-to-door collections.
Yvonne McGivern from SVP Leixlip spoke on behalf of the society members remarking; “On behalf of myself and the members of Vincent de Paul here in Leixlip we would like to say a very big thank you for the wonderful donation of €20,000. We are so overwhelmed with your gesture. This will make such a difference to the individuals and families here in our community of Confey and Leixlip.
The challenges and uncertainty that Covid-19 has brought to people is immense, and we in Vincent de Paul are here 24/7 to help in any way we can, whilst also working to keep our members safe. Poverty or distress does not go away even with Covid-19.
This funding will provide the extra money that families need as children are home from school and will support the likes of extra food and activities that are needed. We provide Aldi, Lidl and Dunnes stores vouchers to families who need them.
We also provided help with medical care for family going through trauma – this assisted with the extra cost of medication, chemist bills etc. We have also helped with funeral expenses as we have lost a lot of people here in our community.
Another area of focus is keeping our older generation provided for with extra fuel, as they spend a lot of time indoors.
Thank you to all the wonderful people of Intel for your continued support”.
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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