AstraZeneca has a long history of community service and a strong commitment to making a meaningful difference for patients beyond our medicines. In addition to our corporate efforts in the community, 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 personal charitable donations. In 2017, AstraZeneca’s US employees contributed over 17,000 hours of volunteer service and donated more than $2.1 million to nonprofit organizations across the country through the Power of Us program.
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 feature five of our most exemplary employee volunteers, who have each made an outstanding commitment to volunteerism.
Davida Baker currently serves as the board President for the YWCA of Delaware, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace for all. She represents the organization through multiple capacities, and has assisted each board committee with her talents.
Davida has navigated the organization through the difficult post-recession years with her high morale and positive outlook, and had made an enormous impact on the YWCA and its ability to fulfill its mission.
Douglas Campbell volunteers with the North Carolina African Services Coalition, a non-profit that helps refugees with resettlement and the workings of American life.
Doug has worked tirelessly to help three different families from Congo and Burma, settle into life in North Carolina and become self-sufficient.
His colleagues have nominated him for this award and noted that we could all aspire to have such an impact on individual lives.
Letitia Cheatham volunteers her time with Camp Dreamcatcher, a therapeutic and educational organization that serves HIV/AIDS impacted youth. She gives her time, talent and treasures to enrich the lives of young people by serving as a camp counselor.
Tish was described by her colleagues as a silent hero, making an impact in the lives of so many children and teens. She is an advocate, who gets behind efforts to educate and support those directly and indirectly impacted by HIV/AIDS.
Monica Nieves gives her time to Run Hope Work who partners with Friends of Puerto Rico. Both organizations are nonprofits based in Washington DC, who have recently contributed their efforts to helping with disaster relief, post Hurricane Maria.
Monica has stepped up to play a huge role in providing support for those who have needed assistance.
Her colleagues nominated her because she gives so selflessly to help those who are in need, and has mastered a balance of giving both in her work life, and to her community.
Mariann Snyder volunteers weekly with the Cedars Church Food Pantry, who provides emergency food assistance to approximately 140 Delaware households each week.
Mariann is one of the leaders, who works alongside other volunteers to devote not only physical strength, but emotional support as well, lending an ear to those who share stories of loss, abuse and addiction.
Mariann exudes compassion, leadership and professionalism while leveraging her talents so that children and families in the greater Wilmington area don't go hungry.
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.