Liberty IT Employees continue giving to our chosen charities

Friday, August 21, 2020

We’re extremely proud to be continuing support of our two partner charities throughout 2020 - The Welcome Organisation in Belfast and Pieta House in Dublin. So far this year we have raised a total of £15,500 for The Welcome Organisation and €7,500 for Pieta House - and we'd like your help to do even more before the end of the year! 

 

A reminder of what we've done so far:

We’ve had a mix of activities including competitions, a sponsored cycle, a sponsored stair climb and an eye-opening LIT’s Got Talent event - you can see photos above from our donation of goody boxes, stair climb participants and a view from a long day's cycle. As we've all been working from home for several months, Liberty IT took the important decision to divert monies which would have been spent on employee celebrations and donate these to our charities instead - added to this, employees also voted to donate their social committee donations.

We held a Corporate Responsibility Town Hall event for all employees in June and were joined by representatives of both charities. The Welcome Organisation explained to us the importance of our financial donations in supporting food provision for people placed in temporary accommodation during the covid crisis, so we set up a number of donation points with employees and so far have made over 20 drops of non-perishable groceries to their centre in Belfast. 

All this fundraising has been led by a great crew of LIT Giving committee members in both Belfast and Dublin, and we’d like to thank them all, along with all the employees who have donated or raised money in any way.

 

How your donations help our charities:

The most important aspect of the money raised is, of course, the impact it can have on the work of the two charities – so we gave them a quick call to find out how our donations are helping them.

 

Kieran Hughes from The Welcome Organisation told us,

‘The support from Liberty has come at a crucial time for The Welcome Organisation as we adapt to meet the challenges faced by the pandemic. The money raised goes towards our potentially life-saving services – our Drop-in Centre, our Street Outreach service, our Crisis Accommodation for Women and our Floating Support service.

For example, last week (and every week since the COVID-19 lockdown), our support staff sourced, prepared and delivered over 850 meals to people staying in temporary accommodation with no cooking facilities and over 70 food parcels to people in temporary accommodation with cooking facilities.

Staff are also visiting vulnerably housed individuals to make sure they are safe and well and our women’s night-time Crash Facility is now open 24/7, providing a temporary home to five females for the duration of this pandemic.’

 

Pieta House’s Rachel Murphy sent this message:

‘Thank you so much to all the staff at Liberty IT who have fundraised so generously to support our lifesaving services. More than 80% of our funding comes from the public, and support from companies and staff is a vital part of this.

During the Covid crisis we have urgently needed help to ensure we can keep our Helpline and other services open to people across Ireland who need us now more than ever. Thank you for the difference you have made in helping those who have reached out to us in crisis.’

 

How you can help now: 

  • Donate via our Welcome Organisation Just Giving page and Pieta House Just Giving page
  • Deliver non-perishable groceries to the Welcome Organisation between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday - or arrange a supermarket delivery to them between these hours. 
  • If you have a great fundraising idea, contact us using the website form or through our social media accounts. 
  • If you see anyone sleeping rough in Belfast, please call the Welcome Organisation's street outreach team on 07894 931 047.
  • If you're in the Republic of Ireland and need support regarding suicide or self harm, for yourself or a friend, text HELP to 51444 or call 1800 247 247.