Our Giving Back programme supports charities local to the cities and regions where IMEX takes place in a bid to develop long term relationships with the local community and leave a lasting legacy. In Frankfurt we support Maisha's Sewing Project and Lichtblick aktiv Sister Sigrid e.V. a shelter for the homeless, through our Badge Back initiative, as well as a Charity Cooking event for the “Haus Lichtblick” shelter. In Las Vegas we work with The Shade Tree Shelter and Opportunity Village, and 'back home' in the UK, we support the Clock Tower Sanctuary.
At the end of each show attendees are asked to vote for one of IMEX's legacy charities. In Frankfurt Lichtblick aktiv Sister Sigrid e.V. a shelter for the homeless and in America we support The Shade Tree Shelter and Opportunity Village. By depositing your show badge in the collection boxes at the exits to the hall you can vote for your preferred charity. All badges received are recycled and a financial donation made to both charities.
Drop your badge in a badge back bin when you leave the show and we'll recycle it.
We'll also donate funds to support projects that are close to our heart. Currently we are supporting Lichtblick aktiv Schwester Sigrid e.V. a shelter for the homeless. In 2016 we donated €2,100 to the charity. Read more about their organisation below:
Lichtblick aktiv Sister Sigrid e.V.
A non-profit organisation run by Sister Sigrid Ehrlich, who for over 25 years has devoted her life to helping the poorest and most helpless people in society. Sister Sigrid assisted by the Lichtblick aktiv Schwester Sigrid e.V. succeeded in purchasing a house to provide shelter to the homeless and those in need of accommodation, no matter what their religious beliefs.
“Haus Lichtblick” (the shelter) has since been extended to provide a longer term shelter to over 50 people. She has succeeded in helping more than 300 people to move onto an independent life by providing assistance in the search for their own housing as well as their reintegration back into their own families.
The Shade Tree
The mission of this local “grassroots” non-profit organization is to provide safe shelter to homeless and abused women and children in crisis and to offer life-changing services promoting stability, dignity and self-reliance. The Shade Tree helps women rebuild their lives, find employment and secure permanent housing. The largest shelter of its kind in the state, it is the only 24-hour accessible shelter designed specifically to meet the needs of women and children in Southern Nevada. With 364 permanent beds, The Shade Tree provides some 80,000 nights of shelter each year. On average, 33% of their clients are children under the age of 18. Learn more about The Shade Tree here.
Nevada’s largest not-for-profit organization serving citizens with intellectual disabilities. It provides vocational training, employment, therapeutic respite and arts-based programs for more than 1,700 children and adults every day. Opportunity Village has four Employment Resource Center campuses, a thrift store and the second largest document management business in southern Nevada. More than half of the people served work in the community and every person served by the organization receives a paycheck. Opportunity Village believes in choices and lives with purpose. Learn more about Opportunity Village here.