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New non-profit firm aims to provide volunteers in Limerick

John Buckley and Etan Blass, the founders of Serve the City

John Buckley and Etan Blass, the founders of Serve the City

 

A NON-PROFIT making company is seeking an army of volunteers to serve good causes in the city.

‘Serve the City Limerick’ has been set up as a special company, and it aims to mobilise volunteers to show kindness in practical ways, particularly to benefit the marginalised or vulnerable in Limerick.

The brainchild of Raheen man John Buckley, and Etan Blass, originally from Baltimore, the company aims to have one project per month.

However, a number of projects have already been lined up throughout the summer.

‘Serve the City Limerick’ is part of a global network, founded in Brussels in 2005 and now active in 100 cities globally.

“We see ourselves as matchmakers. We are the connection between the good intentions of people who are able to serve and a meaningful opportunity to do so”, explains co-founder Etan.

John discovered the charity when he moved to Dublin where it has operated for almost 10 years, and believed it was a perfect model for the city.

“Serve the City is all about people coming together to fill in the cracks – either for the benefit of the whole community, or for an individual in our community. I think people in this city, more so than in others, understand the meaning of community and go above the call of duty to help others who need a helping hand.”

The first ‘serve’ was when the company came to the aid of a flooding victim from St Mary’s Park on February 1.

Volunteers banded together to strip down, clean out and paint the downstairs of a house for a family of seven who had been forced to abandon their home for almost two months.

John said people from all walks of life are seeking to get involved, be it financially, or through volunteering.

A number of one-off serve days are already planned, including nursing home visits, and assisting with the Simon community’s October ‘street sleep’. To find out more, email limerick@servethecity.ie or call 085 7067012.

 

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