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Intel donation supports Maynooth Community Council COVID relief initiatives

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.

Dr. Michael Ahern and Sean Tracey from Maynooth Community Council are pictured with Intel’s Lisa Harlow

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.

€5,000 of this grant has been donated to the Maynooth Community Council, a voluntary organisation that works to organise and improve Maynooth for the people who live in, work in and visit the town.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a more profound effect on some than others and there are many within our local communities who are struggling to come to terms with the fallout from all the necessary changes.

Since the outbreak of the COVID pandemic, Maynooth Community Council have been working to support members of the local community in a variety of different ways. The Council’s Chairperson, Dr. Michael Ahern, explains more about the role of the organisation in recent times;

“Rural isolation and lack of consistency around priority times for shopping is causing confusion and worry. Some are nervous around social distancing and hand sanitising regulations, others around the wearing of face coverings. This leaves many afraid to leave their homes and they feel left behind as we see the easing of lockdown restrictions.

We in Maynooth Community Council (MCC) fully understand the reservations and concerns of those older and medically vulnerable persons who are not quite ready to face the new normal just yet. Therefore, we and our fantastic group of volunteer cooks and bakers are continuing to support those who still need to cocoon or remain at home. Since the outbreak of this pandemic our group of volunteers have provided services such as shopping and medication collection and delivery. Our website and Facebook page provide general and COVID specific information. We’ve sourced and delivered PPE in many areas as required and we introduced the Our Home to Your Home initiative, which has proven to be exceptionally popular and now involves the delivery of delicious baking twice weekly and a hearty Sunday dinner and mid-week meal. Most of the volunteers are representatives of affiliate groups and resident associations on Maynooth Community Council. Some, like the 8th Kildare Maynooth Scouts are not members of MCC, but have signed up to assist us – happy to have the opportunity to play their part in supporting members of our community in these uncertain times. The arrival of baking and dinner has become the highlight of the week for many, as it also provides contact with the outside world and helps to facilitate community engagement with our local Community Gardaí.

The distribution of these meals is enabled by our Community Gardaí and members of the Irish Red Cross following the COVID-19 Health and Safety protocols ensuring that these is no direct contact between the volunteers and those who are in receipt of the meals or baking. However, Maynooth Community Council volunteers are always at the end of a phone should they be needed.

We are especially grateful to Intel who, through The Community Foundation of Ireland, have donated €5,000 to Maynooth Community Council, in recognition of our response to COVID-19 and to allow us to continue our work programme. It is our intention to continue with this initiative for as long as our resources allow and the need prevails. I would like to express my deep appreciation to Cllr. Tim Durkan and Bernard Durkan TD for highlighting the work of MCC and nominating us to Intel and the Community Foundation of Ireland.

Over the past 15 weeks 300 meals have been delivered together with 500 packages of baked goods. 600 face masks (both surgical and cloth) in addition to 20,000 ml of hand sanitiser have been delivered to the elderly, to vulnerable and to immunocompromised individuals throughout Maynooth and surrounding areas.

We wish to thank most sincerely all our volunteers, cooks and bakers and those who have assisted us in any way in the provision of these services to the community over recent months and look forward to continuing to work together into the future. As the largest cross-community representative organisation in Maynooth we are delighted to be in a position to assist in further enhancing a caring, just and inclusive society in these extraordinary times”.


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

Dr. Michael Ahern and Sean Tracey from Maynooth Community Council are pictured with Intel’s Lisa Harlow

 

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