07 July 2020

Throughout May, Infineum colleagues demonstrated their compassion and generosity by donating $690,000 to a wide range of charities around the world.

Covid-19 has caused extraordinary global disruption, with the charitable sector hit especially hard. Many charities are having to deliver additional services, to the most vulnerable in society, with fewer volunteers and staff members, at a time when traditional fundraising activities are simply not an option. This series of articles highlights how Infineum colleagues support their local communities and make a real difference to the quality of people’s lives.

Our colleagues and contractors in North America turned out to be crafty, with many of them turning their hand to making face masks for local hospitals, long-term care facilities, and key workers, as well as their families and colleagues amidst a massive shortage of face masks due to the Covid-19.

For Technical Applications and Services Manager Colleen Brosnan, pictured right, sewing has always been a relaxing hobby. A sewing machine was higher on her priority list than a car when she first graduated and moved away from home. Therefore, she described making over 100 masks for her on-site team and local hospital as a ‘win-win.’

Statistician Doyle Boese also pitched in to help his wife make 200 masks for family, friends, colleagues, and Post Office workers though he modestly insists his role was ‘minimal.’

Although sewing didn’t come quite so naturally to Digital Advisor Jim Pangallo, making face masks for long-term health care facilities and co-workers became an evening activity for all the family. Despite contributing to the creation of over 70 masks, Jim admits his efforts were ‘functional,’ not quite living up to his wife’s ‘perfect’ ones, so he often adopted more of a ‘troubleshooter’ role.

In addition to this, John Harley, a Deskside Support contractor based in North America, decided to use his time to raise money after being told by his wife, a nurse at New York Presbyterian Hospital, that the hospital staff was lacking food during long shifts. He created a crowdfunding page and, thanks in part to the generosity of Infineum colleagues, he doubled his original target and raised $4,445 to purchase energy-boosting lunches from local restaurants for nurses, nursing assistants, cleaners and maintenance workers.

By working together, Infineum colleagues and contractors proudly contribute to their local communities in every possible way.

If you would like to read other stories from this series, please click on the links:
   • An incredible result for Infineum Covid-19 charity initiative
   • Infineum colleagues donate vital PPE in Brazil
   • A very generous $20,000 gesture from Singapore
   • Helping protect local children in Zhangjiagang
   • Vital items to support local community in Cologne
   • Infineum Italy colleagues give an hour to save lives

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