Minister Heather Humphreys, Conor Quinn, Cacy Sexton, Joshua Kelly, Drew Malone and Intel Ireland General Manager Eamonn Sinnott pictured at the Intel Matching Grant celebration which took place at the Springfield hotel in Leixlip. Photo: Marc O’Sullivan.
Seven organisations in Louth, five of them in Drogheda, are among the 249 organisations nationwide to receive funding from an Intel initiative which encourages employees to volunteer in their community.
The Saint Vincent de Paul in Drogheda, Oliver Plunketts GFC, St Fechins GFC, St. Joseph's GFC, St. Marys Parish Primary School, Ardee St Mary's GFC and Inniskeen Grattans will receive funding totalling €15,953 from the Intel Involved Matching Grant Program.
The program encourages Intel employees to engage in outreach and volunteerism in their communities by supporting employees’ giving their time and talent to qualified non–profits organisations and schools.
For every hour that is volunteered by an Intel employee at a school or qualified non–profit organisation, a donation or “match” of $10 is paid from the Intel Foundation directly to that organisation.
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In 2018 Intel employees volunteered just over 102,000 hours that were eligible to be matched through this initiative resulting in a payout of €912,684 ($1,024,406) for 249 recipient organisations who are spread across 21 different counties in Ireland.
Employees were recognised for these efforts at a special event held at the Springfield Hotel in Leixlip which was attended by Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, Mayor of Kildare Seán Power, Intel Ireland General Manager Eamonn Sinnott and a number of representatives from each of the recipient organisations.
The 249 organisations which were part of the Matching Grant initiative included charities such as The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Inner City Helping Homeless and the Society of the Vincent De Paul, a variety of sporting clubs ranging from GAA to cycling, and various other organisations such as animal sanctuaries, scouting groups and schools.
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 eleventh year that Intel has implemented the current grant scheme and in that time more than €5.5 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 eleven years.