CHG-MERIDIAN's community involvement reflects its commitment to a just, caring, and sustainable society. We want to make concrete contributions towards greater creativity and openness. Our focus is on organizations that provide perspectives to people at the margins of society.
Educational resource, not recycled scrap
Children in developing countries often have a different relationship to computers than elsewhere: rather than working on computers, they search garbage dumps for discarded computers, hoping to earn a little money with the recyclable materials they contain. CHG-MERIDIAN is working in cooperation with Close the Gap to give children in South Africa new perspectives by providing schools with used, functional computers as learning tools. This project is currently the only one of its kind in the industry: its standardized, environmentally and socially sound secondary usage concept for used IT hardware blends customer interests and civic engagement to create a win-win situation. Our cooperative partnership with Close the Gap and its sister organization, WorldLoop - both of which are recognized by the United Nations (UN) as non-profit organizations - is currently a pilot project within the Benelux countries; we intend to expand it further.
Nobody is superfluous
The Foundation for the Upper Swabia Center for the Physically Disabled (KBZO) "lives" integration at Whirlwind Children's House (KiWi). Forty children with disabilities and fifty without disabilities receive up to 50 hours of care per week in its familial atmosphere. CHG-MERIDIAN supports the Children's House's pedagogical concept to raise awareness of the fact that being different in society also means being normal. KiWi is also a qualified and reliable partner for working parents needing child care.
Everyday life skills and social competency
The Royal Rangers are an international, interdenominational Christian scout association. Young members learn useful everyday skills like cooking, crafting and first aid in a fun, friendly environment... and, most of all, they develop social competency. The Royal Rangers have around 340 active local groups with a total of 17,300 members in Germany alone. The organization's employees are volunteers who teach traditional scouting skills as well as working with the Christian faith. One portion of CHG-MERIDIAN's 2013 Christmas charity work enabled children from low-income families to attend the Royal Ranger's 2014 National Camp, where the approximately 15,000 participants gain valuable knowledge and experience, often while making longstanding friendships in the process.
Tranquility, warmth and affection
Health insurance companies only cover around 90 percent of hospice care expenses; the rest is funded through charitable donations. This is also true of the new Schussental hospice, which the St. Elisabeth Foundation plans on setting up in the center of Ravensburg by the end of 2015. The facility will provide terminally ill children with a place of tranquility, warmth and affection to spend their last days. Five of the largest organizations in the Schussental/Weingarten area (CHG-MERIDIAN, the Ravensburg Regional Savings Bank, RAFI GmbH & Co. KG, Vetter Pharma-Fertigung GmbH & Co. KG, and Vom Fass AG) came together and contributed a total of €500,000, thus securing the first five years of hospice operations.
Helping and successfully advertising
The Ravensburg Social Sponsorship Association, a consortium of five non-profit organizations in the region, supports people in difficult life situations and works to promote a more caring society. Under the motto "Help and successfully advertise," regional businesses have joined forces with the initiative in a sponsor capacity. Some of CHG-MERIDIAN's 2013 Christmas donations went to this organization.
First a symbol, then a play area
During CHG-MERIDIAN's International Management Kick-Off at its Weingarten headquarters, sixty-eight seat cubes served as symbols of its "Vision 2020". These seat cubes have now found sensible second homes at fourteen regional preschools and day care centers, where they are used in play areas, internal events and child psychiatric research programs.