How does our organization “give back” during the holiday season?
This holiday season felt even more special and exciting because colleagues approached the company with different ways to collaborate with local non-profits that personally mean something to them that they in fact connect with, during the course of the year.
Our team was incredibly excited to partner with the Greater Boston Food Bank and Father Bill’s Mainspring for the third year in a row. Colleagues volunteered their time at the food bank sorting food supporting X families for a year, collected cans during our Friendsgiving company lunch and are donating clothing, books and toiletries to Father Bill’s, for individuals impacted by homelessness.
One collaboration we are most proud of is providing donations to benefit Old Colony YMCA’s Family Life Center, for the second time this year. In August, we had a Back to School supply drive and this holiday season we’re sponsoring holiday gifts for 19 families in their program. Our teams have joined together to shop for gifts to help make these families holidays feel special during this time of transition.
Is there a giving initiative that has been particularly well received by colleagues?
It’s really a wonderful surprise at how exited colleagues are to be giving back to community non-profits that are in our backyard. They appreciate the multi-faceted approach to giving that our organization coordinates. Colleagues can donate their time, make a financial contribution or provide different items such as clothing or toys.
Since clinical trials are all about giving back, colleagues also really like our initiative with Greater Gift, where we provide vaccine donations. For 2020, we’re thinking about scaling this effort to include meal donations to local food banks.
How did you come to work in the clinical trial services industry?
Well, it was really more of a welcomed surprise falling into this industry . In college, I interned with Alex’s Lemonade Stand, which funds research, raises awareness and supports children suffering with childhood cancer and their families. I’ve always been interested in medical research and knowing how there are options out there for patients and families who might not know about it. Working as a fundraising intern I saw a different side connecting directly with patients and caregivers. In my position here, I still have that drive to better our employees ability to connect even though I am not in that front seat.