Last year, employees from Ireland’s third largest energy utility, SSE Ireland, have donated 366 working days to Irish charities and local community groups through the companies ‘Community at Heart’ volunteering scheme.
The figure is the highest since SSE Ireland launched its community volunteering programme in 2010 and means the company has met the ambitious target set by SSE Ireland Chairman, Mark Ennis earlier this year.
In 2012, staff from Airtricity, SSE Renewables, SSE Generation and Airtricity Utility Solutions worked with over 30 different charities or community groups, including Barnardos, Laura Lynn House, the Irish Cancer Society, Barretstown, the ISPCA and Temple Street Hospital, donating more than 2,700 hours of their time.
Under its Community at Heart programme, SSE Ireland gives all staff the opportunity to take a day off from their usual work programme and swap it for a day working with a charity or local community group of their choice.
Aoife Power, SSE Ireland’s Community Development Manager, said “We are delighted with the success of our Community at Heart scheme, and the fact that we’ve achieved our target of donating 366 days to over 30 different Irish charities and community groups shows just how important this programme is to our employees.
“We’ve had engineers from Mayo planting trees and pulling up weeds, customer service staff undertaking fundraising activities on Grafton Street, staff in Northern Ireland painting a hospital and we even put on a folk concert in Temple Bar to help raise money for the Dublin and Wicklow Mountain Rescue service.
“Our employees really enjoy getting out of the office to support local community groups and charities. Applications are welcome for any type of activity; it doesn’t have to be labour intensive it can be anything from tidying an overgrown garden, cleaning rubbish from a local beach, to crushing boxes or crunching numbers on a club’s behalf.
”We encourage any community group that would like support on a project to get in touch.”
Local organisations looking for a helping hand from SSE Ireland can find out more by contacting Airtricity’s Community Liaison Officer Anne Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org