We are delighted to announce our cooperation with technology corporation 3M for our project Reaching the Unreachable.

3M’s support is made available in the context of a broader initiative benefiting communities affected by Covid-19 in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). The total amount vouches by 3M exceeds €1.7 million. The Netherlands is one of 12 countries that can count on a donation of more than €120,000. In addition to raising awareness for the coronavirus, the funds received by United Way the Netherlands are used in the areas of nutrition, mental and physical health and education.

Reaching the Unreachable focusses on two groups of beneficiaries: refugees and isolated seniors. The refugees are offered the opportunity to follow language, vocational and cultural training, with the ultimate goal of helping them find a paid job. In this, a key role is played by our partners, for example for the provision of IT hardware and educational facilities. The isolated elderly participants are paired with volunteers guiding them towards improved  mental health. In this way, the project supports two of the most vulnerable groups in Dutch society. Natually, the prevailing Covid regulations will be observed for both groups.

3M’s country leader Marjolein van Ravenzwaaij speaks highly of United Way’s approach to the project: “It’s important that during this pandemic 3M remains true to its core values by supporting communities and improving lives. It’s all part of our commitment to Covid-19 aid projects in the Netherlands and around the world.” United Way’s Machiel Salomons had this to say about the partnership: “Together we can make a real difference to people’s quality of life while adjusting to living with the coronavirus crisis.”

About 3M

At 3M, our science is collaboratively applied every day to improve the lives of every person around the world. With nearly $32 billion in revenue, our 96,000 employees interact with customers around the world. For more information about 3M’s creative solutions to today’s global challenges, please visit www.3M.com or Twitter@3M or @3MNews.

For additional information please contact Julie Barikmo: julie.barikmo@unitedway.nl
For 3M Netherlands:
Liesbeth Nieuwenhuizen-Clemens, lnieuwenhuizen@mmm.com

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