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AZ Employees Organize Backpack Drives in DE and CA to Support Local Communities

Back Packs

Students across the country are heading back to school and AstraZeneca and its employees joined together to help children in need get the necessary supplies to be prepared for a successful year.

Back PacksAstraZeneca employees organized grassroots efforts, utilizing employee and corporate funding, to deliver over 370 backpacks filled with school supplies to children in Delaware and California. This is almost a five-fold increase of last year’s local back to school efforts by employees, which began in Delaware. In addition to these backpacks, 300 books were collected and $850 donated by employees went directly to supplementary supplies and school uniforms.

Employees across the business delivered the backpacks to Las Américas ASPIRA Academy, a bilingual charter school in Wilmington, Delaware; Adopt-A-Student, a program that aids families in crisis throughout Delaware; and the Boys and Girls Club, in Santa Ana, California. The AstraZeneca volunteers in California also had the opportunity to mentor the children during their Arts and Crafts and Physical Education sessions.

In addition to partnering with these organizations, AstraZeneca continues to invest time, energy and funds to support educational efforts across the United States, including those that build enthusiasm for and skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

AZ Employees Go Red for the American Heart Association

AstraZeneca is committed to supporting organizations that address the issues impacting patients and their families. On May 9, several AstraZeneca employees, decked in bright red accessories, attended the American Heart Association’s (AHA) 11th Annual Philadelphia Go Red for Women Luncheon. AstraZeneca was proud to sponsor the event, which featured a health expo, silent auction, health screenings, a Heart Healthy Lunch and plenty of time to network and mingle with prominent business executives, community leaders, healthcare professionals and volunteers. Guests could also pledge a personal commitment with Open Your Heart, a commemorative donating opportunity, and further contribute to AHA’s education and research efforts.

Front Row (left to right):  Michelle Benfield,  Kim Guillen, Angelina Smolskis Back Row (left to right):  Lydia Hallgren, Chris Espositio, Lindsay Adair Gehret, Lauren Mucci

Front Row (left to right): Michelle Benfield, Kim Guillen, Angelina Smolskis
Back Row (left to right): Lydia Hallgren, Chris Espositio, Lindsay Adair Gehret, Lauren Mucci

Volunteer champion Krista Willis Savino highlighted the strength and mission of AHA by sharing her story. Upon birth, she was diagnosed with Ebstein’s anomaly, a rare congenital heart defect that affects less than 200,000 people in the U.S. Doctors predicted she may not live to leave the hospital or, under best circumstances, past the age of two. However, the future brightened for Krista. Advances in research and medical treatments within Krista’s own lifetime changed everything. Krista, now 28 years old and recently married, has undergone numerous operations but lives a happy, healthy and physically active life.

AHA strives to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, and centers all actions around this mission. With unifying values, AstraZeneca continues to sponsor and support AHA locally and nationally in various efforts and initiatives including Go Red for Women, the Heart Ball, the Heart Walk and CPR Anytime Training. Visit heart.org to learn more about cardiovascular disease and related conditions, and how you can join the cause.

AZ Employees Take Time to Give Back

Recently, AstraZeneca’s U.S. President Paul Hudson and Vice President of Corporate Affairs Rich Buckley joined forces with field sales employees in the Kansas City, Mo. region to volunteer at Connections to Success Kansas City. Connections to Success works to inspire individuals to realize their dreams and achieve economic independence by providing hope, resources and a plan. The AstraZeneca volunteers provided mentoring support for the Dress for Success Going Places Network, a Connections to Success program that helps unemployed and under-employed women suit up, gain professional skills, accelerate their job search and build confidence through weekly training sessions, one-on-one career coaching and networking in a supportive environment.

Connections to Success KC

This is one example of many efforts by AstraZeneca employees to serve their communities. At recent sales meetings, more than 1,000 AstraZeneca volunteers participated in activities to benefit local charities.  For example, in Orlando, Fla., employees built 70 adult rocking chairs, 70 child rocking chairs, 70 book shelves and 70 reading benches to give to the Heart of Florida United Way, in addition to donating approximately 875 books.

Heart of Florida

In Atlanta, Ga., AstraZeneca employees donated and sorted various materials such as DVDs, coloring books, toys, children’s clothing and much more for Children’s Health Care of Atlanta (CHOA). CHOA is a not-for-profit organization that provides specialized care to children and teens from all walks of life. They rely on support from the community and groups like AstraZeneca in order to serve kids from more than 150 countries in a caring and holistic way.

Children's Health Care of Atlanta

Whether volunteering at sales meetings, in the field with their teams or as individuals in their communities, AstraZeneca employees take time throughout the year to give back.

AstraZeneca Employees Participate in MLK Day of Service

AstraZeneca’s Adrienne O’Neal, Associate in Patient Safety, Medical Affairs, along with Latisha Bloise, Associate in Patient Safety, Medical Affairs and her daughter Morgan Hicks pitch in during the MLK Day of Service.

AstraZeneca’s Adrienne O’Neal, Associate in Patient Safety, Medical Affairs, along with Latisha Bloise, Associate in Patient Safety, Medical Affairs and her daughter Morgan Hicks pitch in during the MLK Day of Service.

On Monday, January 20, AstraZeneca employees participated in the 19th annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service, pitching in on a number of volunteer projects at Girard College.

AstraZeneca employees rolled up their sleeves alongside Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and other officials, representatives from Girard College, business and community leaders, students and more to contribute to this year’s signature project, which involved the assembly and packing of critically needed supplies for Philadelphia public schools.  As part of the project, AstraZeneca volunteers helped to sort thousands of books for the PHILADELPHIA READS program.  The books will be distributed to underserved Philadelphia public schools and libraries.

Children take part in activities at the annual Kids’ Carnival on the MLK Day of Service.

Children take part in activities at the annual Kids’ Carnival.

AstraZeneca volunteers also packaged donated diapers and wipes along with informational flyers for mothers in need, and created thank you cards and pillow case covers for veterans.  Others helped facilitate the Education Works MLK and Me Activity at the annual Kids’ Carnival.  As part of this activity, children created their own mini-book that included facts about their life, side-by-side with biographical facts about MLK.  The carnival also offered children an opportunity to paint murals, make crafts, read about Dr. King and more.

Other events held as part of the MLK Day of Service included a community health and wellness fair, a job fair and a civic engagement expo.  AstraZeneca was a sponsor of the initiative, which this year attracted an estimated 125,000 volunteers who participated in more than 1,700 projects throughout the Philadelphia region.