Intel Ireland 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 Programme aims to encourage Intel employees to engage in outreach and volunteerism to make communities a better place by supporting employees’ 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 a donation or ‘match’ is triggered from the Intel Foundation. Grants are then paid out at $10 for every hour volunteered by an Intel employees.
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 and scouting groups.
This is the seventh year that Intel has implemented the current grant scheme and in that time more than €3m 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 20145 which resulted in the grants. “Volunteering in the community is deeply embedded in Intel’s culture and the Intel Matching Grant Programme aims to recognise and motivate Intel employees to engage in outreach and volunteerism in the communities where they live and work. Intel employees have excelled 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.