Honoring AstraZeneca’s employee volunteers

(You can lean more about the stories mentioned below by mousing over the interactive map above and clicking on the employees photos to launch videos about their volunteer efforts.)

One way AstraZeneca gives back to the community is through the time, talent and dedication of employees through volunteerism.

On Monday, we took time out to honor five employees who were awarded Jefferson Awards for Public Service for their significant contributions to their local communities. The Jefferson Awards honor individuals across the country who perform outstanding community and public service. 

The AstraZeneca honorees are:

Rebecca Hall-Cary, a pharmaceutical sales specialist from Panama City, Fla., who volunteers her time and skills at Bethel Village, a long-term, structured residential addiction recovery program for women.

Maureen Martin, an executive pharmaceutical sales specialist from Palm Desert, Cal., an active member of the Soroptimist International organization, dedicated to improving the lives of young Latina girls who suffer from chronic health conditions.

Nancy Moshel, an executive director, information management & administration, from Landenburg, Pa., who serves as CEO of Supporting Kidds, an organization that provides support and education for bereaved children.

Jerry Valentine, a group internal audit leader from Wilmington, Del., who serves as chairman of the IMPACT Delaware Tobacco Prevention Coalition. 

And Kendra Neely-Martin was selected for her work with at-risk girls in St. Louis through the Delta Sigma Theta sorority. Neely-Martin will attend the National Jefferson Awards Ceremony in Washington D.C. in June, when she will be considered for its national award.

You can also click on their names above to see them talk about why they volunteer.

The Jefferson Awards for Public Service were founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, former US Senator Robert Taft, Jr. and Delawarean Sam Beard to create a Nobel Prize for public service. The awards are presented both locally and nationally to encourage and honor individuals for their achievements and contributions through volunteer service.

– By Tony Jewell