Grabner Instruments Supports Volkshilfe Wien Vocational School and Homeless Shelter

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Among Grabner Instruments’ top priorities as a business unit of AMETEK, Inc., and a global leader in petroleum testing equipment, is a commitment to corporate social responsibility. An excellent example of that commitment is its support of a nearby vocational school and homeless shelter of Volkshilfe Wien.

Grabner Instruments purchased a professional dishwasher for the young people at the vocational school and donated nearly 10,000 USD to assist those who use the shelter.

“AMETEK is a highly successful global company with a long-standing commitment to corporate social responsibility. Similarly, at Grabner, we are sensitive to needs of our local community and continually mindful of our core values. Those values include care and reliability, and both are reflected in our support of the work of a neighbor, Volkshilfe  Wien,” comments Werner Müller-Veith, Managing Director at Grabner Instruments.

The start of a long-term cooperation

When Volkshilfe Wien moved last summer into a building neighboring Grabner’s headquarters in the 22nd district of Vienna and later opened a vocational school and a shelter for homeless men and women, the need to be good neighbors and to foster cooperation between the two organizations became clear to Müller-Veith and his Grabner colleagues.

At Jobfabrik, the vocational school, Volkshilfe Wien assists young people who still have some catching up to do before starting an apprenticeship. At the shelter, homeless men and women from November to April can take a shower, have a warm meal and find a place to sleep.

“We regard our proximity to Volkshilfe as an opportunity for a positive symbiotic cross-fertilization that encourages us never to lose sight of our core values of reliability and care,” says Müller-Veith.

Since the beginning of the cooperation, young people at Jobfabrik have completed internships at Grabner, while employees at Grabner regularly have lunch at the school restaurant maintained by the Jobfabrik. And, during the winter months, clothing and food are collected at Grabner for the shelter. 

Donation ceremony at vocational school Jobfabrik

To further highlight its support and raise awareness within the business and professional community, Grabner made its donation to Otto Knapp, Managing Director of Volkshilfe Wien during an event at the production school in June 27. Attending the event were Rudolf Hundstorfer, Chairman of Volkshilfe Wien and former Federal Minister for Labor, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection; Alena Mach, Shelter Director; and Charlotte Welzl, Director of Jobfabrik, along with 15 teenagers enrolled at the vocational school and 35 Grabner employees.

“Grabner Instruments stands out as  a diamond among Austrian businesses. As a trained chemist, I value the company’s products and activities deeply.  I now can also appreciate its splendid donation,” says Otto Knapp.  “The Grabner employee contributions make it easier for the Volkshilfe Wien to fulfill its social obligation of integrating young people into the job market and helping men and women in need.”

We care

Migration or homelessness are both highly charged topics, but they can be approached constructively and in a way that engenders good will, believes Müller-Veith, which is why he has encouraged support and cooperation between Volkshilfe Wien and Grabner Instruments.
That cooperation should continue and grow stronger on different levels, he suggests: “We hope to find many imitators for this type of partnership between industry and non-profit associations. We can grow successful together!” 

Hundstorfer echoes Müller-Veith, “I am thankful for this donation and, being creative people, I am convinced we will find more ways to cooperate”.

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Press Photo (print free of charge): Credit Stefanie Kahr, Volkshilfe Wien