Intel employees Andie Bennett and Kieran Mulholland proudly holding a cheque for over €1 million, which has being donated as part of the Intel Matching Grant programme, benefiting a number of clubs and organisations in Westmeath.

Local clubs share in €1 million thanks to Intel employees

All over Ireland in recent weeks, we have seen communities come together to look after one another in so many ways – volunteers helping other people to get their shopping and medicines, people fundraising for the frontline workers, everybody obeying the restrictions to help our fellow citizens stay healthy, together in spirit but apart physically.

During crises like the one being experienced right now community spirit is more important than ever.

On Friday May 8, Intel celebrated community spirit at its best, by reflecting on its 2019 Matching Grant program, which sees 278 community organisations and schools from across Ireland receiving grants which total €1,026,895.

Twenty organisations from the Westmeath area were part of the 2019 Matching Grant Scheme and thus will receive funding in the total amount of €102,635.

The Westmeath organisations are: Ballinagore GAA Club, Brownstown Hurling Club, Castlepollard Hurling Club, Caulry GAA Club, Killucan GAA Club, Killucan Ladies’ Football Club, Kinnegad Juniors AFC, Mullingar Shamrocks GAA, Raharney Camogie Club, Raharney United Football Club, St Mary’s Rochfortbridge GAA, Coralstown/Kinnegad Ladies’ GFC, Lakeside Wheelers Cycling Club, Midland Regional Youth Service Limited, Moate All Whites GAA, Castledaly GAA, Raharney Hurling Club, St Loman’s Mullingar GAA, East Westmeath Athletics Club and St Ciaran’s National School, Baylin.

The Intel Involved Matching Grant 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, a donation or ‘match’ of $10 is paid from the Intel Foundation directly to the organisation.

In 2019 Intel employees volunteered just over 112,000 hours that were eligible to be matched through this initiative resulting in a payout of €1,026,895 ($1,129,360) for 278 recipient organisations which are spread across 23 different counties.

The Matching Grant initiative began in 2008 and this year is the first time that it will see more than €1 million donated to organisations in Ireland, an important milestone for the company.

The 278 organisations which were part of the Matching Grant initiative included charities such as Age Action 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.

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