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Covid Community Response Fund Recipients
Throughout 2020 and the challenges of COVID 19, Dundalk Credit Union has continued to support those organisations and groups that have, despite the restrictions of COVID, continued to operate and support our wider community. Our COVID Community Response Fund has donated funds to:
Dundalk Outcomers is a social and befriending support group for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their families. As part of our Community Response Fund donations, Outcomers can now provide Christmas Hampers to Outcomers families affected by COVID 19.
SNAP Louth, a support group for families with children with special needs, is now able to offer one to one, music therapy sessions to its members, all whilst adhering to HSE health & safety guidelines. Dundalk Credit Union was delighted to make a contribution towards this activity, recognising how hard it has been for so many in our community to keep in touch whilst staying safe.
Redeemer Health & Fitness Club, supporting local people to stay active and connected, reached out to Dundalk Credit Union through our colleagues in Louth Leader Partnership. We were delighted to help the club with their insurance costs for 2021, starting off the New Year with a healthy foot forward!
Hilltop Day Services, through our colleagues in the HSE, contacted us for help in the run up to Christmas. They needed to find ways to stay in touch with their service users in a safe way. Through our COVID Community Response Fund, Dundalk Credit Union funded the costs of iPads, connecting teams and service users virtually.
St Oliver Plunkett Community Hospital, through our colleagues in Louth County Council, needed some support for their residents in December. With the challenges and restrictions of COVID and lockdown, Dundalk Credit Union made sure that every resident felt the the Spirit of Christmas. Through the Fund, staff nurses from St Oliver’s bought new night clothes for every resident in the nursing home from local business McEvoy’s. In addition, staff at Dundalk Credit Union, in place of Secret Santa, donated money to purchase sweets and treats for the staff and residents at St Oliver’s.
This year has certainly been challenging, but the spirit of community has been much stronger. When we work together, we can move mountains. As 2020 draws to a close, we can look back and reflect on a year that pushed our community and our country to its limits. However, it also showed us that an act of kindness is like a ripple on a pond, it spreads far wider than we can see.
Nollaig Shona daoibh go léir