Our Afternoon Club Project supports safe spaces throughout Israel for at-risk children. These clubs act as a home-away-from-home for children between 6 and 13 whose parents have difficulty caring for them during the day. The supportive and home-like atmosphere creates a therapeutic environment for these children; provides homework assistance, enrichment, extra help, social activities and computer skills for its members. Some clubs adopted by ICL also have programs for adolescents.
The Afternoon Club Project is operated by municipalities throughout Israel in cooperation with the Ministry of Welfare and Ministry of Education who also contribute to their funding. Our involvement in the project includes providing financial support needed to develop and maintain the clubs together with volunteer staffing by ICL employees and retirees. .
Each employee volunteers in his residential town and the coordinators operate on a corporate level (as opposed to the previous situation in which volunteering was segment or company based). The connection is built on a warm personal relationship: employees serve as mentors, friends and leaders.
In 2014, we continued our support for approximately 60 clubs located near our factories. This support totaled NIS 3 million in 2014 and thousands of volunteer hours which were donated by employees, retirees and their families in their spare time. Contributions went toward building repairs, physical work, landscaping, equipping the Clubs with computers, purchasing kitchen appliances, games and books, and organizing enrichment activities, trips and social activities during holidays and vacations.