33,000 euros for young people in Cologne with difficult starting conditions.
Together against youth unemployment: As part of our “Glühwein meets Charity” campaign, we donated 33,000 euros to Joblinge. The non-profit AG makes young people with difficult starting conditions fit for the job market and places them in training. Jan-Christoph Kischkewitz, Managing Director of INVERTO, and Fabian Günzel, Project Manager at INVERTO and co-organizer of the fundraiser, presented the check to Miroslaw Kania, Regional Manager of JOBLINGE in the Rhineland.
Donations for the Children’s Cancer Aid
Every year, around 300 children and young people in Austria are diagnosed with cancer. In providing support to affected families during the child’s treatment and subsequently in the aftercare, the Austrian Kinder-Krebs-Hilfe has been active for more than 30 years. As part of our fundraising campaign “Mulled wine meets Charity”, we are supporting the organization with 5,000 euros.
“Unfortunately, two out of three suffer from long-term symptoms later in life. These can mean minor or even major restrictions for everyday life. The effects of childhood cancer on family life are also very individual and multi-faceted,” explains Nikoletta Zambelis, CEO. Within the framework of various aftercare projects, such as “Youth & Future”, Kinder-Krebs-Hilfe helps numerous affected persons to shape their future independently and actively. They give young people who have survived cancer and their families hope and the opportunity to establish close ties and friendships with people who are equally affected.
In addition to these projects, the organization has made it its mission to sensitize the public to the issue of cancer in children and adolescents and to support international projects and research.
Creating safe places for homeless people
The Stiftung Obdachlosenhilfe Bayern (Bavarian Foundation for Aid to the Homeless) is a young organization: founded in the fall of 2019, it aims to network players in the field of aid to the homeless and supports around 20 projects and initiatives per year. The start of operational work proved difficult due to the Corona pandemic. ” the pandemic showed us once more how vulnerable homeless people really are,” says Executive Director Verena Zillig. The foundation is one of the organizations we are supporting with 5,000 euros in our “Glühwein meets Charity” auction.
There are around 650.000 homeless people in Germany, says Verena Zillig. They are divided in two groups: there are those who have no accommodation at all and spend the night in public spaces. On the other hand, there are homeless who do not have a contract for a flat on their own behalf but live with friends, in communal facilities or in an emergency shelter. “This group also includes estimated 20,000 children and teenagers,” explains the executive director. Single parents with low incomes are particularly at risk, she says.
The foundation would like to use our donation to support projects. Applications are open to all organizations in Bavaria that support homeless people. The foundation emphasizes the importance to ensuring that the projects are not one-off activities but create long-term solutions, explains Verena Zillig.
Arrival Aid : Arriving in Germany – Providing Help for Refugees
Finding your way around in a foreign country is not easy. Anyone who has ever had to deal with something unexpected while on vacation, such as an accident or a theft of money and papers, knows that. For a refugee, it is even more difficult to start a new life in a new country. This is where ArrivalAid helps. We donated 12,000 euros to the Munich branch as part of our “Glühwein meets Charity” campaign.
ArrivalAid has 20 employees in Munich and some 600 volunteers who accompany refugees, for example, when they need to go to the authorities, support them in their daily lives or help them integrate into working life. The non-profit company, which was founded in 2015, also operates offices in Cologne, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Stuttgart.
“We currently care for about 300 refugees in Munich,” says Managing Director David Offenwanger. Most of the clients come from Afghanistan, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and various West African countries such as Gambia, Senegal and Sierra Leone.
The donations from our “Glühwein meets Charity” campaign are used to support various initiatives of ArrivalAid, for example the labor market program “Jobs&Careers” or the trauma first aid program “Faith”.
Care4Cologne : Warm clothes and sleeping rack for the homeless
Sleeping outside in freezing cold and constant rain – that is the fate of some hundred homeless people in Cologne. The initiative Care4Cologne provides people without a home with food, clothing and hygiene articles. The volunteers are present twice a week near the central station. That’s why we are supporting the charity with 15,000 euros from our “Glühwein meets Charity” fundraising campaign.
“Many regular guests join us, on average about 100 per date,” says chairwoman Petra Höh. Care4Cologne does not demand any proof from the guests that they are homeless. So, it happens that the homeless also include people in need who have a shelter but whose monthly income does not cover all their expenses. “The number of people in need has increased significantly since the first lockdown,” Petra Höh has observed.
The pandemic has once again made life on the road much more difficult: cash sources such as collecting bottles have disappeared, and since there are far fewer people on the streets, begging has also become more difficult. In addition, homeless people are less able to protect themselves from infection because hygiene rules are difficult to follow on the streets, and they do not have stable access to medical care if they fall ill.
With our donation money, Care4Cologne primarily wants to get the things that are important in the winter season: for example, gloves, thermal underwear or winter sleeping bags. Petra Höh: “We use most of the money for aid in the cold.”