Whatever the size of your organisation or the level of commitment you can give, we can work together and make a difference to the people affected by homelessness.

How We Can Work Together

The Dublin Simon Community Fundraising Team would be delighted to develop a relationship with your company and to tailor a fundraising programme which will effectively benefit both Dublin Simon and your Company. We will ensure our tailor-made programme will meet your objectives and can be integrated into your plans.

There are many different initiatives Dublin Simon Community offers as part of our CSR package. Read below and pick the fundraising tool which would be best suited to your organisation.

Simon House of Cards Appeal

This annual appeal organised on behalf of all local Simon Communities across Ireland helps provide support services for over 13,000 men, women and children experiencing homelessness throughout the country. We ask that instead of sending Christmas cards or gifts that you donate to us instead. In recognition of your generosity, we will extend your company’s Christmas greetings to your clients, colleagues, and suppliers via an announcement in The Irish Times before Christmas. These pages will very publicly display your commitment to people who are homeless at Christmas and your company logo or listing will appear on the spectacular three days “Simon Christmas Light (Projection) Show” in a prime Dublin city centre location! Click here for more information.

Food For Simon

Food for Simon is an initiative where companies donate food and other goods that we would usually have to purchase in order to maintain and run our services. If your company manufactures or supplies food, cleaning or medical products, this programme may suit you. By supplying free products through the innovative Food for Simon programme, your company can help us to reduce the costs of running our services, leaving more money for where we need it most.

Room to Improve

The main concept of “Room to Improve” is that a company will recruit staff volunteers for their project and choose a service they would like to help.

They work with us on a brief for the project and cover all costs of their volunteer day including paint, materials and soft furnishings. Room to Improve allows volunteers to create a new environment. By visiting a service and meeting people who are experiencing homelessness, it allows for a better understanding of the work that Dublin Simon Community carry out. It helps to build stronger relationships with supporters and donors, while creating a homely and welcoming environment for people accessing homeless services. It is a great team building day, improving staff morale and encouraging team work.

Stock the Shops

Your unwanted items may be someone else’s treasures! Hold a clothing or toiletries collection in your office Simon shops. Help Dublin Simon Community stock our shops by donating quality items which can be re-used and re-cycled! The majority of materials donated go directly to people accessing our services, with any remaining items being sold. Tell your team you will be holding a collection and decide on what type eg clothing or toiletries. Why not even choose a theme like Bric-a-brac or Winter Woollies? If you are not sure what collection you would like to organise, please contact us and we will check with our services what is currently needed. All funds raised go directly back into helping us provide vital services for people experiencing homelessness.

Share Your Skills

We are looking for individuals, companies and groups to share their skills, talent and expertise with us. By donating your time and skills you can participate in this cost-saving initiative. So whether your company has the best salespeople around or you’re the best electrician in the business who wants to lend a hand we want you to share your skills and support Simon.

Share Your Skills was originally developed for companies to support people accessing Dublin Simon Services with external training and development opportunities. A number of initiatives have taken place through this such as computer classes, interview skills training and dressing for interviews.

While this initiative is still available to people accessing our services we have expanded the programme as a cost savings initiative so that companies supporting Dublin Simon can give us access to skilled areas that we might need for training up staff or for when working on new projects internally. Contact us today for more information.

Charity of Choice

By adopting Dublin Simon as your company’s Charity of Choice, you can build a strong personal relationship with one of Dublin’s best-known charities. Adopting Dublin Simon Community as your preferred charity over a period of time will help to forge a more personal relationship with us, as well as a greater understanding of the work we do. It will facilitate the time it takes for your company to get the full benefit from a sustained relationship. Dublin Simon Community will work to develop a programme of activities that match your company’s Corporate Social Responsibility objectives.

Corporate Giving

Corporate giving is a vital source of support to Dublin Simon Community. All corporate donations to Dublin Simon Community are eligible for tax relief at the corporate rate, reducing the actual cost of the donation. Corporate donations can be made to support any individual service you can also allocate your donation to a specific project or you can sponsor one of our many fundraising events.

Gifts in Kind

In kind sponsorship are very welcome whether they be products or services. Whether you want to donate CSR Corporate Charity a Christmas Hamper or help us to stock our shops by holding a collection day in your office we will work with you to determine the optimum Gifts in Kind required to assist us in achieving our goals.

If you think your company would like to be involved with Dublin Simon Community, please contact the team on (01) 672 8966 or email partnerships@dubsimon.ie.