Each year in Ireland, companies dispose of vast quantities of IT equipment, furniture and office supplies, items that are greatly needed by organisations working within the social and voluntary sector.
After witnessing first-hand the unnecessary wastage and dumping of perfectly reusable furniture and office equipment, Shane and Daniela O’Halloran launched Ireland Donates in April 2008 for the benefit of organisations operating in the social and voluntary sectors.
Ireland Donates is an online exchange network that enables companies to donate office furniture, equipment or services to organisations working in the voluntary field. Similarly, charities and local groups can make requests for any items or services needed. Companies can also lend items/services for special charitable events such as conferences and fundraisers. Not only is this service beneficial for organisations but it also has a positive effect on the environment as it reduces waste by prolonging the lifecycles of the items donated.
Working in the social and voluntary sector we have come to realise that what we do makes a big difference in the lives of the people we work for. Charities and NGO’s also need assistance and this project is our way of helping them out.
Shane & Daniela O’Halloran