VOLUNTEERING in Limerick could soon earn you discounts in city stores, under a brand new scheme being rolled out.
The Limerick Volunteer Centre, which links people with organisations who require help, is creating a ‘Fidelity Card’ .
Anyone who volunteers to help a charity or community will then be entitled to get discounts in shops and restaurants across Limerick.
Hundreds of people were at City Hall on Saturday for the annual Volunteer Fair, where 54 groups set up stands in the hope of getting more volunteers.
Monica O’Brien-Smith, of the Volunteer Centre, said the cards are already being printed, and they are in talks with city businesses to offer discounts.
“We are talking with different companies, groups, shops and businesses in the city which may give 5% off, or a free glass of wine with a meal,” she confirmed, adding the project will be launched in the coming months.
At this year’s fair, Mayor Kathleen Leddin was welcomed into City Hall by the CBS Pipe Band, while there was also music from the Redemptorists Music Centre Concert Band, and local rockers Lynshig.
Groups who attended the fair included Doras Luimni, mental health charity GROW, Limerick FC, Gorta, St Mary’s Aid, and the Irish Wheelchair Association.
There was also an exhibition tag rugby game for people with intellectual disabilities.
Ms O’Brien-Smith says volunteering is good for people, who may not be working.
“It is a very positive activity when you are in a state of confusion as to what is going on in the future, particularly those who are unemployed, or those who have left college and not found a position,” she explained.
One of the groups present were the Student Corps, which engage with third level students across the city encouraging them to volunteer at events. The idea is organisations in Limerick approach the corps, and they supply students.
It has 250 members across Limerick’s four third level institutions.