National solidarity

In the solidarity field at national level, support continued for the Milan City Council in tenders for financing projects in support of co-development and the protection of biodiversity.
Preference was also given to initiatives to help worthy and needy students (Fondazione Comunità Domenico Tardini in Villa Nazareth, Rome), to ensure introduction to school education for children from both Italian and immigrant families in need (Istituto Marcelline in Milan) and numerous small projects for emergency educational needs (support for families with adolescents in difficulty – Cooperativa Sociale Minotauro in Milan, tutoring of minors in juvenile detention in socially useful work – Associazione Volontari Canile, Porta Portese, Rome).

A further area for significant donations focused on combating social isolation, confirming the contribution to the Fondazione Banco Alimentare to guarantee the collection, transport and storage of foodstuffs to be sent to support organisations for people in difficulty, support for the Fondazione Opera Caritas San Martino Onlus – Brescia for the Ottavo Giorno project to ensure efficient collection of basic needs goods for poor families; and a significant contribution to the Opera San Francesco per i Poveri – Capuchin Order of Milan for the Ferite invisibili project for the psychological and physical care of immigrant members of the community that have suffered torture.

Equally significant were the guaranteed contributions for a series of local projects, for example funds devolved by Banca di Credito Sardo for minors resident in the sheltered communities; devolution by the Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna to Christmas gift funds for charity customers involved in the social and health support sectors; and Cassa di Risparmio del Veneto support for the Kit del neonato initiative of the Municipality of Padua for households and consisting in facilitating the purchase of post-natal goods and services.
In 2009 Cassa di Risparmio del Veneto also continued its collaboration with Cooperativa Giotto, the social cooperative for introduction to employment for people in difficulty, particularly disabled persons and prisoners.