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Ecological Corners benefit youth at risk

Ecological Corners benefit youth at risk

Matan-Investing in the Community, United Way Israel, joins United Way’s International Day of Action raising awareness for volunteering by corporations in the community.

During the month of June United Way held a campaign, International Engagement – Day of Action. At Matan such volunteering continues throughout the year and we are pleased to share a moving story of volunteering from this month:employees of First International Bank of Israel together with youth at-risk volunteered and established ecological seating areas in Miftan Alonim School in Rehovot. This activity was undertaken from within the framework of the project “Turning Point”, a flag-ship project led by the First International Bank of Israel and partnered by the NGO, The Joint Ashalim and is managed by Matan-Investing in the Community.

Ecological Corners is a national project which has created tens of these seating areas in schools during the last year benefiting youth at-risk. The work is carried out by FIBI employees who volunteer together with youth, often labeled as at-risk, but now work shoulder to shoulder with the bank employees creating something to change their lives.

Rather than receiving they are donating adding to the cycle of giving as partners. In addition to the values of volunteering, the creation and shared work, there is an emphasis on ecological issues and sustainability including the use of refuse and recycled items. In 2013, 20 new corners are planned thereby encouraging youth at-risk to integrate in high school programs.