It is a tradition that we at Visable lend financial support to social institutions or associations by donating 10,000 Euros every year. Our focus is on initiatives that particularly care for children or the homeless. It is part of our corporate philosophy to think of those who fight on the fringes of society. In the past two years, we organised a “Social Day” to give disadvantaged children a few carefree hours during the holiday season. Due to the pandemic, we were unfortunately not able to have a Social Day in 2020. Nevertheless, we as a company have weathered the pandemic very well so far, so that we can and want to support a charitable institution once again.
This year, our company donation went to the Hamburg institution "CaFée mit Herz". Since its founding in 2000, 300-400 often homeless guests have been provided with free food and clothing every day. Around 40 mainly volunteer employees and helpers work in the facility. But Corona also poses a challenge for the "CaFée with heart".
"Due to the rules of social distancing, we are no longer able to serve all guests in our facilities. That's why we had to reorganise the distribution of food, for example, and now serve meals through the window," says Thomas Paetsch, volunteer director of the CaFée with heart. This causes significantly more packaging waste. Part of the donation will therefore be used to buy organic dishes.
In addition to poor, unemployed and homeless people in the St. Pauli district of Hamburg, CaFée mit Herz specifically supports women in need. To this end, the institution rents six apartments for women, as an alternative to the limited space offered by women's institutions in these difficult times.
"It is nice to know that our donation helps people who are particularly affected by the Corona situation. Therefore, it was important for us to support a facility where the money arrives directly and is also used immediately," explains Peter F. Schmid, CEO of Visable.