We continued our supportive spirit throughout the whole of 2020, with Infineum colleagues going the extra mile during the festive season, with many donating their Christmas celebration funds to local charities.
SMILE Programme, UK
Through our SMILE programme in the UK, we donated £35,000 to local charity, The Porch, who support and offer services to people experiencing or have experienced rough sleeping, supported housing, hostel accommodation or who are vulnerably housed. The Porch plan to use Infineum’s donation to develop their new facilities where they can provide support and meals to vulnerably-housed people.
Jon Fitzpatrick, Director of The Porch said:
We’re incredibly grateful for Infineum’s support. As you can imagine, the festive period is always a difficult time for our homeless members, but this year it has been incredibly tough
SMILE Chairman, Rich Bertram added:
This action feels like the true spirit of Christmas
Infineum’s Sustainability Advisor, Michael Savage (left) delivering SMILE’s £35,000 cheque to The Porch’s Director Jon Fitzpatrick, December 2020.
New Jersey, USA
Human Resources at our Linden and Bayway sites in New Jersey, took a slightly different approach, offering colleagues the opportunity to donate anniversary celebration funds to ten nominated charities with a total of $13,500 raised.
Project North Pole in support of Young Women’s Christian Association, saw colleagues making online gift card donations, instead of the usual end of year toy collection. Alternatively, colleagues wanting to donate toys, dropped them at the Linden Fire Department for distribution, as part of the ‘Toys for Tots’ campaign.
Colleagues continued to support the Salvation Army in their annual ‘Be an Angel’ initiative by filling 25 bags with clothing and toys from each child’s wish list. The new option to purchase gift cards and pre-selected toys online, via the Salvation Army’s partnership with Walmart, also proved popular with colleagues.
Community Relations Coordinator Lois Bass spreading festive cheer
Shanghai and Beijing, China
Our I&D committee ran their annual Christmas auction at the China Business and Technology Centre on 18th December. A staggering 90 items were donated, with $5000 raised for children in difficult situations, almost twice the amount achieved the previous year.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Colleagues in Rio also continued to act in response to the impact of Covid-19 on their local community. Non-perishable food and toys were collected to support patients at Nossa Senhora do Loreto Hospital.
Many families from this hospital have lost their jobs during the Covid-19 pandemic
said Finance Assistant Rosana Silva.
We want to try and make their Christmas more enjoyable
A similar initiative took place in Cologne, where colleagues filled shoeboxes with useful items, aiming to put ‘Christmas in a box’ for local homeless people. The Straßenwächter organisation distributed the boxes on their city walkabouts, where they also provide food, clothing and hygiene products. Cologne colleagues also received a lottery style advent calendar from the Lions Club, who work to empower volunteers to serve their communities.
Buying this advent calendar allows Infineum to both support a charity and give colleagues the chance to win great prizes
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