Each year Intel employees spend the month of December supporting a variety of fundraising activities and collections in support of our local organisations including Leixlip St. Vincent de Paul and the Leixlip Meals on Wheels group.
Supporting the Society of St. Vincent de Paul
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) is the largest voluntary charitable organisation in Ireland and focuses on providing a practical approach to dealing with poverty, alleviating its effects on individuals and families. The important work of the society is particularly critical at this time of the year and with this in mind Intel once again decided to devote volunteering and charitable activities in December 2022 towards supporting the SVP.
One of the key activities supported by employees was the donation of over 350 gift boxes as part of a shoebox appeal for St. Vincent de Paul. The shoeboxes were assembled for children of a variety of ages in the local area and typically contain practical items, such as toiletries, along with toys, books and treats etc. for the recipients. Intel employees also created and sold specially designed ‘Santa Letters’ to raise some funds for the organisations.
Working together with Leixlip Meals on Wheels
Each year in the run up to the festive season Intel gives members of the local Meals on Wheels organisation a much-deserved day off whilst Intel volunteers take over their duties and deliver local meals.
This tradition began some 19 years ago and recognises the significant contribution that volunteer members of the Meals on Wheels organisation make all year round. Meals on Wheels is a community-based initiative that delivers meals to individuals in their homes who are unable to purchase or prepare their own meals. Local volunteers come together to both prepare and deliver the food a number of times each week ensuring that hot, nutritious meals make their way from community kitchens to nearby homes. Often those who are supported by Meals on Wheels are the elderly and vulnerable in a community for who this service is invaluable. The Leixlip Meals on Wheels chapter was set up in 1977 and each week they cook and deliver over 100 dinners in the Leixlip and Confey areas.
On Wednesday December 14th the community meals were prepared at the Intel cafe and delivered by Intel volunteers so that each of the regular Meals and Wheels volunteers had a day off from their usual duties.