Ten non-profit organizations from across the island have received donations from the Dominica Social Security (DSS).
CALLS, CHANCES, Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities (DAPD), Dominica Infirmary, Education Trust Fund, Grotto Home for the Homeless, House of Hope, Mahaut Senior Citizens Home, Northern District Home for the Aged and the St. Jerome’s Ministry were on Thursday 17th December 2015, handed cheques at the Public Service Union Building (PSU) on Valley road, at a total value of $23,500.
Chairman of the Board of Directors of the DSS, Anthony Joseph, who delivered remarks, said the donation has become a tradition of the institution for years now.
“Let me say how thrilled we are in this season of goodwill, this time of caring and sharing, to engage in what has become a social security tradition,” he said. “For over the course of the last several years, the DSS has been making financial contributions towards the activities and causes of a number of charitable organizations, pursuant to the board’s policy of setting aside, a small percentage of its annual administrative budget for the sole purpose of facilitating and supporting the work of certain specific organizations,” he said.
Joseph added that the beneficiaries of the donations have been organizations, institutions and causes which cater to the needs of persons who, in the past, would have made their contribution “either directly to the growth of the Social Security itself and or towards national development or who are prospective contributors to the social security system.”
“To a large extent, it could even be said that DSS has adopted these institutions who continue to benefit from its donations on an annual basis,” he noted.
The Chairman explained that the EC$23,500 is a small part of the total amount of over EC$ 116,000 that has been allocated for the purpose of donation.
He said what was given was earmarked to the 10 organizations, however, additional amounts have also been provided for general distribution on a case by case basis for assisting persons who may require critical medical care abroad.
Representatives of the ten organizations thanked the DSS for including them on the donations list as each has particular needs and wished the DSS a fun-filled Christmas and prosperous 2016.