At the end of 2015, when thousands upon thousands of people fled their homes, due to armed conflict, poverty, hunger or political persecution, seeking refuge in Germany and in Wolfenbüttel, one thing was immediately clear: the Mast family would stand shoulder to shoulder with its company and local foundation to provide active support.
While the Mast family donated funds to the local German Red Cross to purchase a property to house unaccompanied, underage refugees and organised donations for a new vehicle for the Wolfenbüttel food bank, the employees of Mast-Jägermeister SE assembled more than 240 care packages to welcome refugees arriving in Wolfenbüttel. The Curt Mast Jägermeister Foundation provided a matching donation of 100 euros for each package, which resulted in a basic budget for a trainee project that supported numerous regional projects for the new residents. For example, the company invited many young refugees to sessions explaining vocational training opportunities in Germany and at Mast-Jägermeister SE.
Mast-Jägermeister SE created additional apprenticeships, and three young people from Syria, Ghana and Afghanistan joined the trainee programme and became active supporters of the initiative – and helpers themselves. Until today, language courses for refugees are offered in the company’s guesthouse in cooperation with the Wolfenbüttel Education Centre. All participants receive free meals in the company canteen on class days, enabling further opportunities for contact and socialising. And that isn’t all: In late 2015, the Curt Mast Jägermeister Foundation set up an additional endowment for the fast, unbureaucratic funding of numerous refugee projects in the city and district of Wolfenbüttel. Further, as part of the initiative “Wir fördern Weltoffenheit [We promote internationalism],” the entrepreneurial family and Mast-Jägermeister SE gave additional support to Wolfenbüttel by assuming the costs for language courses for approximately 160 refugees for two years.