Irish Organisations receive $431,077 thanks to Intel Employees

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

– Intel’s 2010 Matching Grant initiative saw 128 community organisations and schools from across Ireland receive grants which totaled $431,077.

– The Matching Grant program enables employees to earn a grant of $10 for every hour they volunteer at a non-proft organsiaiton or school.

– The 128 organisations which were part of the 2010 initiative included charities such as the Dublin Simon Community and Barretstown, a variety of sporting clubs ranging from GAA to swimming, and various other organisations such as animal sanctuaries, scouting groups and schools.

Intel yesterday, Wednesday, May 18th, celebrated the success of its 2010 Matching Grant initiative, rewarding 128 community organisations and schools from across Ireland with $431,077  (~€302,000).

The Intel Involved Matching Grant Program aims to encourage Intel employees to engage in outreach and volunteerism by supporting them in giving their time and talent to qualified non–profit organisations and 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 2010 Intel employees volunteered over 43,000 hours that were eligible to be matched through this initiative resulting in a payout of over $431,000 for the recipient organisations.

Employees were recognised for these efforts at a special event held at the Intel campus in Leixlip which was attended by Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan.

Speaking at the celebratory event Minister Hogan said “It is important for us all to recognise the role of active citizenship in our communities and the difference that one person can make. This program is a wonderful example of Corporate Social Responsibility and I am delighted to join with you in celebrating the distribution of so many hard earned donations. I would like to thank the Intel employees for their tremendous contributions to so many organisations”.

The 128 organisations which were part of the 2010 Matching Grant initiative included charities such as the Dublin Simon Community, 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.

“Intel has a long and proud tradition of volunteering and we couldn’t have thought of a better way to recognise our employees’ achievements then by awarding these matching grants. We are delighted to be able to once again support such a diverse group of organisations with such a remarkable monetary contribution.” commented Eamonn Sinnott, General Manager, Intel Ireland. “Our employees are making a real difference in communities across Ireland through the more than 43,000 hours that have been volunteered as part of the 2010 program”.

This is the third year that Intel has implemented the current grant scheme and in that time more than $1.1 million has been donated to charities, schools, sports clubs, social initiatives and community schemes across Ireland. The total number of hours volunteered by employees during this time is the equivalent of having 18 people working full time in the community for the full three years.

The unique nature of this program is that it empowers employees to make a difference not only through their hours volunteered but also to reward their organisations with matched funding from the Intel Foundation.

The Intel Foundation is a philanthropic organisation focused on programs that advance education and improve communities worldwide.

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Further Information

Further images from the event can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/55550679@N03/sets/72157626628255095/

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