Brose is donating 15,000 euros to the AWO Bezirksverband Ober- und Mittelfranken e.V. to support the intergenerational offerings and the "Neighborhood Network" project in the Ketschendorf district.
The automotive supplier has been continuously supporting the AWO Mehr Generationen Haus Coburg since 2016. The long-term cooperation has enabled the facility's services to be successively expanded. A new meeting place is being built in Ketschendorf this year.
Sonja Borzel, chairwoman of the AWO Bezirksverband Ober- und Mittelfranken e.V., is delighted with the support: "It is not a matter of course that educational work is supported so continuously. This enables us to align long-term and sustainable offers and also to react again and again to changing needs."
The neighborhood network initiates various event formats for mutual exchange and provides assistance in everyday life. A social pedagogue from the AWO Mehr Generationen Haus works closely with volunteers and organizes events and activities with and for citizens of all ages. Last year, 116 events took place with 955 participants. These include, for example, the "Book Club," "Eat like Mom," the "Creative Time Out," and a "Secret Santa with Bazaar.
The interaction in the network has another great side effect: the volunteers help each other and are also in contact with each other beyond their activities. "The fact that the volunteers support each other like "real" neighbors and are there for each other is a real added value. This makes social work sustainable and shows how valuable it is to act locally." adds Liane Blietzsch, director of the AWO Mehr Generationen Haus.
The cooperation with Brose has also given rise to ideas for further projects and collaborations. For example, the automotive supplier established contact with the Coburg Design Forum Upper Franconia, whose employees will support the AWO in designing the "Kennedy Anlage" in the Ketschendorf district. In the former restaurant of the allotment garden there, a meeting place for residents of Coburg's southeast will be created and used as a space for various events.
"The work of the AWO makes a valuable contribution to good social coexistence. Strong cohesion is important - even within our family business, we can only be successful if we all pull together," explains Steffen Tauss, Vice President Social and Health Services at the Brose Group. "The fact that we can also bring together partners from our network who want to make a difference locally makes me very happy," Tauss continues.
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