When families with children facing serious illnesses visit the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth, Texas (RMHFW) they find a supportive, home-like community that makes the time away from home during medical treatments more manageable. This past holiday season, a group of AstraZeneca employees donated their time to prepare meals for families who were staying at RMHFW, including a seven-year-old who was donating bone marrow to her twin brother, a mother whose three-year-old daughter is battling leukemia, and another family whose week-old infant was facing open heart surgery. Through our Power of Us program, employees are connected to opportunities such as this to support important causes within their communities.
Power of Us is our employee giving and volunteerism program, which encourages U.S.-based employees to donate their time and resources to the causes that matter most to them. AstraZeneca is committed to supporting our employees by providing paid time off to volunteer, as well as a 100% company match on donations made to eligible non-profit organizations.
In 2018, our employees and their volunteerism efforts made a substantial impact in their communities. They recorded an impressive 18,000 hours of volunteer service with over 560 nonprofit organizations across the country. The organizations where our employees spent the most time volunteering include the Boy Scouts of America, BluePath Service Dogs Inc, EveryMind, American Cancer Society and the Pack Shack. While employees identify opportunities to volunteer year-round, we also dedicate a week each year where teams come together to volunteer in a variety of ways – see all that we accomplished during Power of Us Week 2018.
To recognize these efforts, we recently honored five exemplary employees with our annual Power of Us Awards. These employee award winners were nominated by their peers as role models within their communities and each given a monetary award to donate to the nonprofit of their choice. We thank them for their leadership, personal integrity, and commitment to volunteerism.
April Armstrong, Sr. Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist, US Business
April spent much of 2018 volunteering with various nonprofit organizations including Jarrett’s Joy Cart where she gives out toys to children at the University of Kentucky Children's Hospital, God’s Food Pantry, the American Cancer Society, where she raised money for breast cancer research, Habitat for Humanity, The Hope Center, and the Nest. She spends her personal time impacting lives in her community and makes it her mission to be sure that her three children understand the importance of giving back as well. April was nominated by her colleagues who describe her as selfless and positive, always going above and beyond to help underserved individuals in her community.
Christine Clark, Executive Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist, US Business
Christine is a Power of Us Community Ambassador who leads by example. Her passion to help others is infectious and she is always looking for proactive ways to make a difference within her community. In the past few years, Christine has volunteered with various nonprofit organizations including Genesis Nursing Home and City Harvest. Recently she has been focusing primarily on the Semper Fi Fund for injured Marines and Missionaries of Charity and Dwelling House, both outreach organizations for homeless women in New York City. Her colleagues say her love and compassion for others make them want to do more in their communities.
Angie Cornelius, Manufacturing Senior Supervisor, Operations and Information Technology
Angie is on the Board of Directors for the Phoenix Foundation of MD, a nonprofit group that serves those affected by alcoholism and drug addiction with a goal of opening a recovery high school by the fall of 2020. Angie has utilized her strong interpersonal skills to create and build relationships with key stakeholders in order to make this vision a reality. Her colleagues describe her as a leader with a passion for helping others and say she is much happier to give than to receive.
Michelle Pikel, Hyperkalemia Hospital Specialist, US Business
Michelle volunteers her time with Kangaroo Kids, a nonprofit organization that provides parents or caregivers of medically fragile children with “pouches” full of resources to help them navigate through their medical journey. Michelle was nominated by her colleagues who shared that she is not only a respected professional and top performer, but she is also one of the most altruistic and honorable people they know. She has raised three incredible children and has made sure that giving back and helping others is second nature to them all.
Tom Smolko, Source to Contract Lead, Operations and Procurement
In 2016, Tom and his wife co-founded the Heart of Medicine, a nonprofit organization dedicated to delivering primary care to poor and underserved communities by planning and coordinating volunteer medical trips for healthcare professionals. Since then, his impact on patients and communities has been substantial. He selflessly gives his time to plan yearly volunteer medical trips to Haiti and serve as treasurer and secretary, along with developing innovative approaches to the medication packing process.
In addition to the impressive volunteer efforts, our employees personally donated over $2 million* to more than 1,600 nonprofits. The causes supported by these organizations varied widely and included topics such as animal welfare, fighting hunger, and STEM education, just to name a few.
Nonprofit organizations can connect to our nationwide employee giving and volunteer program by visiting this site. There, they can add information about their organization, sign up to receive electronic disbursement of funds, and showcase specific volunteer opportunities for our employees.
*Inclusive of the 100% company match