Intel yesterday, Wednesday, May 13th, celebrated the success of its 2014 Matching Grant initiative, rewarding 133 community organisations and schools from across Ireland with €461,076.
The Intel Involved Matching Grant Program aims to encourage Intel employees to engage in outreach and volunteerism to make our communities a better place by supporting employees’ giving their time and talent to qualified non–profits 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.
Members of the Northern Star Twirler Baton group help celebrate the result of the Intel Matching 2014 program
In 2014 Intel employees volunteered just over 49,000 hours that were eligible to be matched through this initiative resulting in a payout of over €431,076 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, Alan Kelly and Mayor of Kildare Fiona O’Loughlin.
The 133 organisations which were part of the Matching Grant initiative included charities such as Irish Autism Action, 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.
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The unique nature of this program is that it empowers employees to make a difference not only through their hours but also to reward their organisations with matched funding from the Intel Foundation.
This is the seventh year that Intel has implemented the current grant scheme and in that time more than €3 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 times is the equivalent of having 25 people working full time in the community for the full seven years.
Eamonn Sinnott, Intel Vice President, Technology and Manufacturing Group and General Manager of Intel in Ireland spoke proudly of the thousands of hours of volunteering completed by Intel employees in 2014 which resulted in the grants “Volunteering in the community is deeply embedded in Intel’s culture and the Intel Matching Grant Program aims to recognise and motivate Intel employees to engage in outreach and volunteerism in the communities where they live and work. Intel employees have exceled year on year in their commitment to make a difference in their communities by giving freely of their time and expertise and I am proud to be here today to recognise that commitment through the donation of €461,076 to 133 deserving charities, clubs and organisations.”
Ireland is Intel’s centre of manufacturing excellence in Europe. Since 1989, Intel has invested $12.5 billion, turning 360 acres of the Collinstown Industrial Park into the most advanced industrial campus in Europe.
Over the past 2 decades Intel in Ireland has come to represent a diversity of activities across the spectrum of Intel business from advanced manufacturing to cutting edge research and design. Today, Intel has 5,200 employees across the island of Ireland.
Intel Ireland General Manager Eamonn Sinnott and FAI Chief Executive John Delaney attended a special ceremony at Intel where community organisations received Matching Grants from Intel that totaled €461,076
Members of Clane United Football Club are pictured with Intel Ireland General Manager Eamonn Sinnott, Mayor of Kildare Fiona O’Loughlin and FAI Chief Executive John Delaney
Minister Alan Kelly addresses the audience at the Intel Matching Grant ceremony
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