The Impact Hub Budapest is partnering with charitable organization Age of Hope this holiday season to help make an impact on the lives of underprivileged families throughout Hungary. We are working with philanthropist and entrepreneur, Elisabeth Katalin Grabow (also a freelance journalist for the Budapest Times) to implement our holiday collection and distribution. In the spirit of a true activist of societal impact, Elisabeth works with many organizations to coordinate a variety of charitable drives. She also researches the organizations thoroughly to ensure that the donations will be given to people in need and not fall into the wrong hands.

We are fortunate to feature an article from Elisabeth about the situation in Hungary and the importance of giving back to those less fortunate this time of year. Elisabeth demonstrates everything that we strive for in our Impact Hub Budapest community and we are very happy to support and partner with her both now and in the future…

Help is needed – but where to start?  by Elisabeth Katalin Grabow

You probably have heard – but most likely also witnessed, that poverty is becoming a bigger problem in Hungary every day. Especially with Christmas coming up, people feel the urge to help. But sometimes just simply don’t know where to begin.

Here are some tips:

Things that are always needed for those, who are living on the streets are warm blankets, sleeping bags, shoes, jackets and surprisingly – socks! If you want to donate you´re used (but in good shape) things, best is to contact one of the big charity organizations in town. One of them is Menhely Alapítvány. Their storage is in the 8th district in Vajdahunyad utca 3. As there is a 24-hour-service, you can just drop by, ring the bell and leave your donations there. With the crisis service and the regular street worker service they will take care of passing on the items to those who need them most.

(Their webpage, unfortunately only in hungarian: http://www.menhely.hu/)

Another big issue – and not only in Budapest – is families living in poverty. One of the organizations trying to improve the quality of life for those in deprivation is the Age of Hope. The Age of Hope foundation was created in 2010 with the aim to help disadvantaged children and their families. They are constantly looking for solutions to making situations easier for those living in extreme poverty. In addition to collecting, donating, and delivering basic living items (like cleaning supplies, medicines, diapers, and everything needed to take care of a child) they organize educational programs promoting health, safety, and child protection, as well as camps for creative development.  You can read more about them on their Facebook page, Age of Hope: https://www.facebook.com/ageofhopealapitvany/)

The Impact Hub Budapest is doing a donation rally for them and asking for the following items: cleaning products of all kinds and sanitary products, washing powders and liquid, fabric softener, basic medicines (like pain relievers, cough syrup, fever medicine, vitamins, etc.), children’s clothes, preservable food, and baby supplies (diapers, baby wipes, bathing items, etc). Feel free to drop by the Impact Hub Budapest (located at Ferenciek Tere), donate a few items, and get a free day pass in return for your generosity.

If you want to get involved a bit more, look out for the Budapest Bike Maffia events. This group of bike loving volunteers gets together, prepares food and bring it out to those living on the streets. But also they organize several other events, in which you can be a part of doing something good. Find out more about their mobile efforts on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/budapestbikemaffia)

 

On behalf of the Impact Hub Budapest team, MANY THANKS to Elisabeth Katalin Grabow for all that you do and contributing to making life better for those in need. There are so many ways to give back this holiday season, and we encourage everyone to get involved. Whatever you choose to do, make it meaningful to you and make an impact!

Happy Giving… Hope to see you at the Impact Hub Budapest soon.