The Power of Us: Employees’ Community Impact in 2016

AstraZeneca has a long history of community service and a strong commitment to making a meaningful difference for patients and communities beyond our medicines through our corporate responsibility activities. In addition to our corporate efforts, our Power of Us program empowers employees to give back in two ways: by providing paid time off to volunteer with nonprofit organizations of their choice, as well as by matching their charitable donations. In 2016, AstraZeneca’s US employees contributed 20,000 hours of volunteer service and donated $1.8+ million to nonprofit organizations across the country through the Power of Us.

The impact of our employees can be felt in the communities where we live and work, as well as inside the walls of AstraZeneca. By engaging with nonprofit organizations, neighborhood groups, schools and communities, these volunteers make us a stronger company. Below we share five of the most exemplary employee volunteers, who have each made an outstanding commitment to volunteerism.

Joseph Fuller, Seattle, WA: Joseph volunteers and sits on the board of the Pike Place Market Foundation, a nonprofit that supports the low-income population in downtown Seattle. He recently chaired the largest annual fundraising event for the organization and raised over $300,000. Joseph is passionate about ending the homelessness epidemic in Seattle and helping to meet the needs of less fortunate individuals.

He takes inspiration from his sister who lives with schizophrenia, which has opened his eyes to difficulties that those affected with mental illness experience. 

Catherine Gulley, West Chester, OH: Catherine volunteers with the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the nation's leading nonprofit organization providing diabetes research, support, and advocacy. Her commitment to this cause is fueled by having several family members affected by diabetes. Catherine is a passionate advocate and leads the collaborative effort between the West Chester manufacturing site, and the local chapter of the ADA. Under Catherine's leadership, more than $10,000 per year has consistently been raised for ADA through a variety of special events in West Chester.

Catherine's colleagues share that she “goes about her work quietly, but with deep commitment, to engage and inspire others to participate and give back to the community”. 

Lisa Marshall, Akron, OH: Lisa serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors, a wish grantor, and the Golf Outing Event Chair for Wishes Can Happen, an Ohio-based nonprofit that grants wishes to children with life threatening illnesses.

Lisa's most memorable wish granting experience was for a three-year-old girl who had been adopted from an abusive family situation and was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in the midst of the adoption process. Lisa helped the family to transform the little girl’s bedroom to provide her a comfortable place to sleep. 

Rick Skelly, Wilmington, DE: Rick supports J Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust, a nonprofit organization that enables young caddies in the Delaware Valley to attend college through scholarship funding. Rick has modernized the fundraising analysis and trending to improve the effectiveness of the organization’s development efforts, increasing annual donations from approximately $700,000 to over $1.2 million.

Rick himself was a caddie as a young man who received this scholarship and used it to put himself through college. Personally helping to make a very good nonprofit organization even better, Rick exemplifies a life of service. 

Stacey Williams, Philadelphia, PA: Stacey volunteers as an angel coordinator with Mended Little Hearts Philadelphia, a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization providing hope and support to children and families impacted by congenital heart defects (CHD). Stacey is a parent who lost her daughter, Ella, to a CHD just last year, and she draws on her own experience to provide support and understanding to hundreds of Mended Little Hearts member families in the Philadelphia area.

This year at AstraZeneca, Stacey organized an event for her team of more than 40 people to assemble angel boxes, small tokens to help families grieve their child whom they lost to a CHD. Stacey’s colleagues share that they are “continually inspired by her courage, her example, and her willingness to not only share her story with those around her, but to turn it into giving back to her community.” 

These employees represent the tremendous impact AstraZeneca employees have by offering their time, ideas, and solutions to those who need it most. We value the work these individuals do and we will continue to feature the volunteer efforts of our employees throughout the year.