Dirk Röse

Dona­ti­ons from Klasmann-Deilmann staff

Hel­ping peop­le in dis­tress, sup­por­ting vol­un­ta­ry workers, hel­ping peop­le to help them­sel­ves – the­se cen­tral ele­ments of our cor­po­ra­te social respon­si­bi­li­ty were at the heart of a small cele­bra­ti­on at Klasmann-Deilmann, when Jörg de Groot and Mana­ging Direc­tor Nor­bert Siebels pre­sen­ted two sym­bo­lic che­ques for dona­ti­ons of EUR 4000 each to two orga­ni­sa­ti­ons in the town of Twist cal­led “Sei­ten­bli­cke” and “Arche”. Ernst Schmitz, Mayor of Twist, Peter Liedt­ke from the local coun­cil and Hei­ke Theis­ling, Chair­wo­man of “Sei­ten­bli­cke” were all deligh­ted to recei­ve this wel­co­me support.

As part of an inter­nal fund­rai­sing cam­pai­gn, the staff of Klasmann-Deilmann in Groß Hese­pe had made generous dona­ti­ons as bids for adver­ti­sing mate­ri­als used by the Klasmann-Deilmann Group. They rai­sed a total of EUR 4000 and that sum was then dou­bled by the manage­ment. Klasmann-Deilmann employee Jörg de Groot pro­po­sed the two orga­ni­sa­ti­ons and arran­ged for trans­fer of the total sum of EUR 8000.

Nor­bert Siebels sta­ted that for many years Klasmann-Deilmann had elec­ted not to give Christ­mas gifts and had ins­tead made dona­ti­ons to various non-pro­fit orga­ni­sa­ti­ons during the Advent sea­son. “Alt­hough today’s dona­ti­ons fit in well with our cor­po­ra­te poli­cy, they are nevertheless real­ly spe­cial becau­se the idea and the funds came from our employees,” said Siebels.


Encou­ra­ging vol­un­ta­ry workers (from left): Nor­bert Siebels, Ernst Schmitz, Peter Liedt­ke, Hei­ke Theis­ling, Jörg de Groot.

Ernst Schmitz infor­med the atten­de­es about the work done in the muni­ci­pa­li­ty of Twist to help mem­bers of the local popu­la­ti­on. He remin­ded them how quick­ly a stro­ke of fate could turn someone’s life upsi­de down and how good it was to have some­bo­dy to turn to for help. Schmitz thank­ed the two orga­ni­sa­ti­ons which pro­vi­ded help with such gre­at com­mit­ment and also thank­ed the part­ners from other insti­tu­ti­ons, such as nur­se­ries, schools and help for the aged, who sup­por­ted the­se acti­vi­ties. “Our ‘Arche’ beco­mes invol­ved when all other opti­ons have been exhaus­ted and pro­vi­des direct assi­s­tance without any red tape,” exp­lai­ned Peter Liedt­ke from the local Depart­ment of Public Order, Labour and Social Affairs. Hei­ke Theis­ling added how important it was to pro­vi­de not only finan­cial assi­s­tance, but also per­so­nal sup­port. “Being able to dona­te time is important. That is always in demand and is always gra­te­ful­ly recei­ved.” An app cal­led “Twist packt mit an” – or “Twist lends a hand” – has been desi­gned to coor­di­na­te requests for assi­s­tance and offers of assi­s­tance and is mean­while very popular.

Nor­bert Siebels was impres­sed with the gre­at varie­ty of com­mit­ment wit­hin the com­mu­ni­ty. “It is good that cam­pai­gns like this pre­vent peop­le who live amongst us from beco­m­ing iso­la­ted and help to alle­via­te their dis­tress. We sin­ce­rely hope that our con­tri­bu­ti­on will sup­port your good and use­ful work. We wish you gre­at suc­cess in ever­ything you do for the peop­le in our region.”