We don’t want to leave anyone behind. Our Group is working to guarantee the entire nation an essential service – electricity – but through our non-profit organisation Enel Cuore, we are also helping the Civil Protection agency and healthcare services all over Italy. But we want to – and can – do more.
On 1 May, we will begin an online fundraiser to allow our co-workers here in Italy to help the people hardest hit by the Covid-19 crisis: the elderly, nursing staff, those at risk of food poverty, people with disabilities and those with no fixed abode.
For us, people come first and we see the crisis of recent months as an opportunity to build a bridge between our staff and those worst affected by it. We may not be able to physically shake hands at the moment but we can still lend a hand. This in-house crowdfunding drive will provide practical help to voluntary associations and the projects they are running to assist the most vulnerable in society. But that’s not all: our non-profit organisation Enel Cuore will be matching the amount raised.
Five organisations will benefit from the funds:
- Caritas to support people with no fixed abode with accommodation and meals at a time when lockdown has threatened their very survival;
- the “Viva gli Anziani” (“Long Live the Elderly”) project run by the Comunità di Sant'Egidio, with which we have been working for many years. Funds will boost assistance to the elderly in their own homes, particularly for everyday needs and to ensure they don’t have to go out;
- FISH (Federazione Italiana Superamento Handicap, “The Italian Federation for Overcoming Handicap”) to help people with disabilities and ensure they continue to receive medicines and rehabilitation services, to provide individual and family psychological support, to help individuals continue with everyday activities such as education, and food deliveries. The funds going to FISH will also be used for very practical things like disinfecting transport vehicles the organisation uses to take people with disabilities to and from healthcare appointments;
- the Banco Alimentare (Food Bank) foundation, which supports people at risk of poverty by distributing foodstuffs through setting up “hubs” that shorten distribution chains;
- the National Federation of Nursing Professions (FNOPI), which will help nurses working offsite and those who cannot work because of contagion; funds will also be used to support the families of nurses who have died in the battle against the Coronavirus.
The fundraising effort will continue until 30 June and will involve all of our co-workers, starting with senior management. You can donate any sum you wish and make several separate donations, using the dedicated section on the intranet, which we are already using to help colleagues who cannot work remotely through the “Leave Bank” project. The healthcare crisis has put a huge strain on everyone but some more than others. This is our opportunity to help those individuals and prove that we can stick together – even from a distance.
Enel Cuore’s commitment to Italy
Since the start of the Covid-19 emergency, our non-profit organisation has been on the ground with a 23 million euro donation programme to help the main organisations working on the front line to combat the pandemic here in Italy.
The aid covers a very broad spectrum of healthcare emergency activities: from support to the Civil Protection agency and hospital facilities to voluntary and local government organisations.
The first tranche of funds will go for more urgent work in Lombardy, to support the Fondo di Mutuo Soccorso (Mutual Assistance Fund) set up by the Milan City Council, the new hospital at Fiera Milano and the San Raffaele Hospital to create a dedicated area for patients requiring respiratory support while awaiting transfer to Covid-19 departments.
In the Province of Bergamo, aside from supporting the Humanitas Gavazzeni Hospital, Enel Cuore is flanking the Fondazione Humanitas per la Ricerca (the Humanitas Research Foundation) in an innovative project to tackle the growing need for beds, by locating new structures where stabilised and asymptomatic Covid-19 patients who cannot self-isolate at home, can be accommodated.
Enel Cuore’s work has also encompassed many other Italian regions. In Emilia-Romagna, for example, it donated funds to the local health and safety organisation and the regional Civil Protection agency for new intensive care beds and pre-triage facilities used before patients are admitted to local hospitals.
In Lazio, funds will be supporting the Covid Hospital at the Policlinico Tor Vergata in Rome, the project to provide new departments at the Sant’Andrea Hospital in the capital, and the purchase of technical equipment, respirators and other healthcare items for the San Paolo Hospital in Civitavecchia.
Last but not least, the Campus Bio-Medico in Rome will be helped to purchase equipment for the Covid Campus Centre which is being used for treating patients from other regions in Italy.
The Regions of Liguria, Piedmont, the Marche and Puglia have also received donations to set up new beds, purchase medical equipment and machines and personal protection equipment (PPE) for healthcare and other facilities. The same applies to Abruzzo, Campania and Sicily.
There is a way of being close to people in need even while we are apart: and that is the way we here at Enel have chosen. Apart but together.