20 July 2017
By Elaine Murphy
Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland benefits from Aldi’s 2017 Community Grants Programme
Aldi is delighted to announce that Cork based Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland is the latest charity to benefit from Aldi’s 2017 Community Grants programme. Aldi’s Mitchelstown Distribution Centre staff have awarded Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland a €500 grant in recognition of its vital work and contribution within the local community and to help support its essential services.
Charlotte O’Brien and John Mangan, Aldi’s Mitchelstown Distribution Centre “Charity Champions”, presented the €500 grant to Nuala Geraghty of Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland.
Commenting, Finbar McCarthy, Group Buying Director, Aldi Ireland, said, “The work and services provided by Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland are crucial to the local Cork community. We are delighted our Mitchelstown Distribution Centre employees have chosen to support the organisation.”
“Giving back to the local communities our stores serve is something we are passionate about and we are proud to support the vital work done by charities and not-for–profit organisations across County Cork. Last year we helped 120 charities and not-for-profit organisations nationwide and we hope to surpass that number this year.”
Now in its second year, Aldi’s Community Grants Programme provides each Aldi employee with the opportunity to nominate a charity, community group or not-for-profit organisation within their local community for support. Nominated charities are assessed according to a defined selection criteria, with the organisation deemed the most worthwhile receiving a €500 donation from Aldi.
Each of Aldi’s 129 Irish stores and two Regional Distribution Centres have been allocated an individual annual bursary fund and a “Charity Champion” assigned to co-ordinate the programme. Last year over 120 local charities and not-for-profit organisations across the country benefited from the initiative.