Intern & Co-op IMPACT Day 2015
by Rachel Maher, Tax Intern
Maya Angelou once commented that “you shouldn't go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.” This quote neatly explains the entire purpose of Deloitte’s Impact Day, a chance for Deloitte to ‘throw something back’ to the community it belongs to.
IMPACT Day 2015
The first ever Intern and Co-op Impact Day took place on the 9th July, enabling those who are with Deloitte for the summer period to understand the core pillar of Corporate Social Responsibility. This day is an opportunity for Deloitte employees to venture forth into the wider community and to help to make a difference by volunteering in local projects.
I, and around thirty-five other interns, took the opportunity to volunteer at Fettercairn Youth Horse Project. This Foroige project is a community owned horse riding centre, situated in Tallaght. It aims to channel young people's love of horses into a constructive community activity, providing opportunities to develop their personal, social, educational and vocational skills. The Deloitte interns’ task was to give a new lease of life to over 1,000 square m. of internal walls including all of the twenty stables. Armed with a plethora of paint rollers, brushes, several gallons of black and white paint, gloves and shoe covers (hair nets were declined – Deloitte interns do not worry about such trivial items, when there is real work afoot), we began painting.
Throughout the day, some of us had the opportunity to meet some of the people who work at Fettercairn. The manager of Fettercairn commented that the reason she comes into work every morning is for the difference she can make in even just one child’s life, giving them an opportunity which they probably would not have had without this project being in place. We also had the opportunity to meet a couple of the children who benefit from this project: one boy told us that he comes to Fettercairn every day during the summer, and that it is his dream to become a winning show-jumping rider.
Once we had completed all of the stables and stood back, we could really see the difference, however small, we had made. The stables now look completely refreshed and ready for the next batch of young riders and horses!
In conclusion, Impact Day truly made an impact on every one of the Deloitte summer interns and co-ops. Not only having the opportunity to see so many different charitable projects which are on-going in our local community, but also taking part in this project gave me, and the rest of our cohort, an insight into how much people are still willing to give of their time to help others.
“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”
ALONE’s supportive housing service provides 100 homes for older people throughout Dublin city, with 35 of those at the Kilmainham site for the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless. Here, Deloitte interns worked outdoors, gardening and tidying up, making the area cheerier for the residents.
“An Taisce operates the “Clean Coasts Programme.” This programme strives to improve the aesthetic and economic value of Ireland’s beaches for community and visitors alike by involving local communities and volunteers in beach management and encouraging them to be guardians of their coastline. A group of us went to Bull Island for the day to volunteer with An Taisce and rid the beach and sand dunes of litter. We divided up into groups of roughly three. We had litter pickers, bin bags and a sheet to record what type of litter we found. Everyone was very enthusiastic and worked hard throughout the day. A wide range of litter was found, from bottle caps to dirty nappies. The end result was a much cleaner space and a feeling that we had positively contributed to a great programme.” Lauren Dunne, Tax Intern
“Cheeverstown is an organisation which supports people with intellectual disabilities, enabling their integration with society. I was weeding and gardening for the day, which was a lot of fun! After spending the day in this fantastic organisation, I would definitely be interested in doing volunteer work there in the future. There was a great feeling of community spirit and of happiness about the centre! It was great to see an ordinary day for the organisation first hand, which is an opportunity I would never have gotten if it wasn’t for IMPACT Day. It was great to help them out and improve their garden in any little way and they were so appreciative of everything we did.” Alice Keating, Tax Intern
Enable Ireland Dun Laoghaire Adult Services provides opportunities for people with a physical disability in the area of personal development, training, employment and greater inclusion in the community. Deloitte interns visited the Dun Laoghaire site, painting indoors and tidying up the garden area.
"Throughout the day, some of us had the opportunity to meet some of the people who work at Fettercairn. The manager of Fettercairn commented that the reason she comes into work every morning is for the difference she can make in even just one child’s life, giving them an opportunity which they probably would not have had without this project being in place. We also had the opportunity to meet a couple of the children who benefit from this project: one boy told us that he comes to Fettercairn every day during the summer, and that it is his dream to become a winning show-jumping rider." Rachel Maher, Tax Intern
“In DCU we worked on a sustainable community garden project. We helped by digging a pond and mulching apple trees. This project aims to make use of urban land for growing food, with a view to education in the future. With the help of Deloitte, the education of the surrounding community with regards to growing your own food was better facilitated.” Adam Trundle, Corporate Finance Intern