Metropolitan Life and MetLife Foundation granted almost a quarter of a million euro to United Way Romania Foundation to improve socio-professional inclusion and financial self-reliance of disadvantaged youths, to contribute to the development of children from orphanages and to support local social initiatives and the involvement of the community, as more than 57,000 children were registered in the social protection system, upon a market analysis conducted by the Ministry of Labor, Family, Social Protection and Elder People.
According to a press release, this way MetLife Foundation expands a traditional relationship with United Way, initiated some years ago in U.S.A. and further expanded to additional countries worldwide.
“ (…) As part of the partnership with United Way, until now, we managed to bring a change in for 850 children and young people, in disadvantaged situations or who needed our support for accelerated development,” Ciprian Ladunca, CFO & CSR Executive Metropolitan Life says.
The partnership between Metropolitan Life and United Way Romania Foundation consisted of 4 projects implemented or initiated in 2015, part of which also continues in 2016.
In 2016, United Way Romania launches the most extensive program supported by MetLife Foundation “On the road to self-reliance” – a 2-year collaborative intervention plan aiming to support at least 500 persons from extremely vulnerable social groups (single mothers, young people in disadvantaged situations) to find a stable job and become financially responsible and independent adults. The program will mobilize NGOs, authorities, companies and volunteers from the corporate sector (including Metropolitan Life employees) and beneficiaries will be selected from Bucharest and Timișoara.