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Helping gives us wings – we have just completed the 4th edition of Szlachetna Paczka program!

Another Weekend of Miracles has just ended! Across all of Poland, 55 leaders from Kompania Piwowarska with their teams of volunteers, making up a total of 1800 people, prepared 914 parcels which during the magic weekend on the 6-8 December 2019 reached the neediest families and lonely people nationwide. The whole logistics took 2600 hours, or over 100 days, while the value of funds given for parcels and the organization of the whole activity at KP exceed PLN 235,000.

But Szlachetna Paczka program is not only about parcels! The purpose of this initiative is to trigger an impulse for positive change in the lives of the needy and recipients of the parcel.  

Kompania Piwowarska has been active in this field for already four years, and every year a lot of KP staff take part in it. Volunteers help wisely – in this edition we managed to distribute for example around a dozen laptops that can help people at risk of digital exclusion. One team from Tychy purchased tools which will help the recipient return to their profession and earn a living. In Gostyń, one person whom the Program helped last year, decided to team up with the volunteers this year and help them connect equipment in households of the needy. 

– I was all in tears when I recently heard that Aneta, an elderly, single lady whom we helped last year, managed to stand back on her feet. She is not on the dole any more, found a job, and thanks to a stock of cleaning agents and foodstuffs with a long shelf-life that she received from us, she could set aside some money and focus on returning to professional activity – recalls Olga Krzysztofik, a leader from Kompania Piwowarska in Toruń. 

 It is hard to find words to express the feelings that arise in us in connection with the program. We are proud to be part of such a great initiative that brings real help to thousands of families all year round. Szlachetna Paczka reaches the neediest, gets to know their stories, and returns with support, to trigger people to act. And, as we found out for ourselves, it makes sense. Because that is what human solidarity is about – added Małgorzata Walędzińska-Półtorak, Sustainable Development Projects Manager at Kompania Piwowarska.  

Kompania Piwowarska has supported the Szlachetna Paczka program since 2016. This year more than 1800 volunteers supported by 55 leaders dedicated PLN 235,000 to this noble goal. In 2600 hours they packed 914 gifts. In total, during four editions of the Szlachetna Paczka program, KP volunteers prepared nearly 4,000 parcels of a value of over PLN 900,000 for ca. 230 families consisting of poor, disabled, elderly, and lonely people. 

For years Kompania Piwowarska has supported different social initiatives and organizations, like the WIOSNA Association. Thanks to volunteers and for volunteers themselves who look after local communities, in Kompania Piwowarska a program called “Kompania of Volunteers” was created. KP employees with energy and open minds, but primarily out of the kindness of the heart, engage themselves in social activities. As a result of a company-wide program „Bet on Move”, the kilometers covered when practicing sports are changed to financial aid to organizations supporting the needy. Also, since 2010 KP has organized Tyskie Cup – a football tournament for employees, where activity is coupled with the idea of volunteering. Three winning teams can pick any organizations which will receive donations. Kompania Piwowarska also acts to the benefit of communities in which it manufactures and sells its beer – for several years Lech brand has been running its LECHSTARTER program in which local communities receive funds for winning projects.

Szlachetna Paczka is a nationwide social project dating back to 2001, and organized by WIOSNA Association. Its main aim is to provide material and mental assistance to disadvantaged families and people. Szlachetna Paczka is one of the most recognized social projects in Poland. Contrary to what it may seem, it is not about making parcels. It is based on work with Donors and Volunteers, who help families in need. Volunteers seek families and work with them. Donors prepare dedicated help thanks to which a specific person helps another specific person.