Updated: 08/04/17 : 07:26:57
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Businesses come together for successful ‘Adopt a Charity’ initiative

Sligo Volunteer Centre has hailed the success of a new initiative to help businesses team up with non-profit community groups.

The Building Block was the venue this week for an event that saw over 25 businesses and volunteers come together to discuss how businesses could lend their skills free of charge to help voluntary groups.

“The Adopt a Charity” morning was a great success and we are delighted to see so many Sligo businesses on hand to support or pledge support to so many charitable and voluntary groups for all sorts of needs,” said Sligo Volunteer Centre manager Ciara Herity.

Sometimes businesses have great ideas or intentions to do something for the community – the problem is, they don’t quite know how to channel their goodwill.

'Matchmaker'

As part of European Volunteering Capital 2017, the Adopt a Charity Campaign is playing ‘matchmaker’ between business and community groups.

A key objective for 2017 is to strengthen the relationship between the business community and the volunteer sector in County Sligo.

In Sligo there is a great tradition of corporate and businesses engagement with the community.

Companies in attendance at the Building Block included Bank of Ireland, GSK, Stripe Marketing, Gilroy Gannon, OSD, Wobego, StoryLab and Abbott, official corporate partner to EVC 2017.

“The session was an opportunity to hear about the challenges and issues the volunteer sector requires support with,” adds Ciara.

This week’s event saw businesses determine what skills they can share with non-profit community groups and what causes they would like to get involved in.

Businesses spoke face to face with each voluntary group for three minutes to determine their needs.

Sligo Volunteer Centre will now suggest ‘matches’ for both parties. “We will be giving tips to both sides how to form a successful and hopefully long lasting working relationship,” says Ciara.

“There are great benefits to both sides in this model, as the merging of two sectors should bring great rewards for the Corporate volunteers and provide an invaluable source of skills and people power to the Non-For Profit Community groups.

For further information contact evc2017@volunteersligo.ie or visit www.evcsligo.eu