To enable members of local communities to pursue their dreams, Polenergia, in cooperation with the Kulczyk Foundation, organized two trips to Warsaw for students, volunteers, seniors, and senior citizens from the Żuromin and Grabowo communes. Participants had the opportunity to visit the Palace of Culture and Science, admire views from its summit, and then expand their knowledge about planetary diets and waste segregation as part of the “Play green with us!®” project. The trip concluded at the Copernicus Science Center, where children and senior citizens together explored the world of science.
Seniors also receive support through material donations and during employee volunteerism. In 2023, Polenergia supported the Open Doors Association three times. The association includes children, youth, and the elderly facing crises of hunger and, at times, homelessness.
1) During Easter, Polenergia employees organized a food and hygiene products collection, which was delivered to the 20 most needy seniors in the Praga-Północ district. The recipients could celebrate Easter peacefully and dignified. The seniors who received the packages were moved and grateful for the assistance. For more information: https://esg.polenergia.pl/2022/en/straight-from-the-heart-for-senior-citizens/
2) In October, as part of employee volunteerism, over 30 employees, along with their families, went to Warsaw’s Praga to help the Open Doors Association again. After interesting nature workshops conducted by specialists from UNEP/GRID-Warsaw, Polenergia volunteers engaged in gardening activities. With great commitment, they planted flower bulbs, raked leaves, and trimmed branches, participating in caring for the areas around the association’s center and “Mały Książę” care center.
3) As part of the “Open Your Heart for the Holidays” initiative, seniors from Warsaw’s Praga-Północ received material support in the form of Christmas presents consisting of non-perishable food, cleaning and personal hygiene products, and Christmas gifts. Polenergia employees organized a collection during which they gathered items to prepare holiday packages for 10 seniors. Additionally, Polenergia S.A. supported 20 older individuals by financing warm meals for Christmas Eve dinner. This action allowed socially excluded elderly individuals to spend time with other seniors at the Christmas Eve table.
Volunteering at the Open Doors Association contributed to strengthening bonds among company employees and developed participants in the fields of environmental education and social engagement. Supporting the Praga community showed that through collaboration, we can create positive change both in the community and in ourselves.
The next initiative supporting, among others, the elderly was the organization of the Noble Package for needy families during the Christmas season. Food, textiles, and footwear were collected for 5 families from different regions of Poland. Home appliances and medical products that were lacking for the needy families were financed and donated by companies involved in this action: Polenergia S.A., Polenergia Elektrociepłownia Nowa Sarzyna, and Polenergia Obrót. The goal of the collection, enabling selected families to spend Christmas safely, peacefully, and plentifully, was achieved. The organization of the material collection was also an excellent opportunity for the integration of Polenergia Group employees and teamwork.