AstraZeneca Employees Participate in MLK Day of Service


Alisha Martin

23 January 2014

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.

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.

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

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