Having a Ball at Intel! Mary Hanafin, T.D., Minister for Tourism Culture and Sport and Intel’s Eamonn
Sinnott, Vice President, Technology and Manufacturing Group, and Plant Manager, Fab 24 pictured along with
Darragh and Alanna Gorman at a special event to celebrate the donation by Intel of more than €250,000 to
community organisations and schools throughout Ireland.
Intel yesterday (Wednesday, April 21st) celebrated the success of its 2009 Matching Grant initiative, rewarding 101 community organisations and schools from across Ireland with $336,580. This means that more than €250,000 will be donated in the coming weeks.
The Intel Involved Matching Grant Program aims to encourage Intel employees to engage in outreach and volunteerism to make our communities a better place. The objective is to support employees’ giving their time and talent to qualified non–profits and non–governmental organisations, in addition to schools. After a minimum of 20 hours has been accrued by Intel employees volunteering at a school or qualified non–profit organisation, a donation or “match” will be triggered from the Intel Foundation. Grants are then paid out at $10 for every hour volunteered by an Intel employee.
In 2009 Intel employees volunteered more than 42,000 hours of which 33,650 hours were eligible to be matched through this initiative resulting in a payout of almost $340,000 for the recipient organisations.
Mary Hanafin T.D., Minister for Tourism Culture and Sport attended a special recognition event at Intel Ireland to celebrate the employee achievements and said “I would like to congratulate Intel employees who have given up so much of their time to volunteer in their communities. I would also like to extend my congratulations to the organisations who are being awarded with an Intel Matching Grant for these voluntary hours”. Minister Hanafin added, “Intel Ireland should be very proud of this innovative volunteer initiative. I hope that the example they have set will encourage other businesses to become involved in similar programs, enabling their employees to work on a voluntary basis and become involved in their local communities”.
The more than 100 organisations which were part of the Matching Grant initiative included charities such as Focus Ireland, Barretstown and the Society of the Vincent De Paul, a variety of sporting clubs ranging from GAA to swimming, and various other organisations such as animal sanctuaries, scouting groups and schools.
“We are delighted to be able to support such a diverse group of organisations with such a substantial monetary contribution. Intel has a long and proud tradition of volunteering and we couldn’t have thought of a better way of recognising our employees’ achievements then by awarding these matching grants” commented Eamonn Sinnott (Vice President, Technology Manufacturing Group, and Plant Manager of Fab 24). “Our employees volunteered a total of more than 42,000 hours in 2009 and this remarkable achievement has made a real difference”.
The overall total of 42,000 hours which was volunteered by Intel Ireland employees throughout 2009 is the equivalent of 24 people working full time in the community for a whole year. The grant program will continue through 2010 meaning that even more organisations will have the opportunity to benefit from the scheme.
Ireland is Intel’s manufacturing and technology centre for Europe and the campus in Leixlip, Co. Kildare is one of Intel’s largest manufacturing sites, with over 4,000 people working at the site and €6.0 billion Euro invested in turning the location into the most technologically advanced industrial campus in Ireland. In 2009 Intel celebrated the 20th anniversary of operations in Ireland – We look forward to the next 20 years of success working as a team on the Ireland site and across our community and country.
Intel, the world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies, products and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom.