For the past 4 years, AstraZeneca has celebrated US-based employees who go above and beyond to serve their local communities and who have made an exceptional impact through their commitment to volunteerism through our annual Power of Us Awards. This year five winners have been selected, from 25 nominations, for their commitment to volunteerism, community leadership, and personal integrity – all amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
These well-deserved winners were selected by a cross-functional review committee and received a $1,000 donation to the charity of their choice through the Power of Us program.
Learn more about our winners and the impact that they made within their communities below. Congratulations to our winners!
Bryan Bloemers, Respiratory Biologics
Since 2012, Bryan has been the president of Peyton’s Promise, an organization that began in 2007 focusing on raising awareness about the problems of hunger and helps keeps food pantries stocked in Marathon County, WI. Bryan works to raise funds for the organization, coordinates activities for over 180 youth volunteers ranging from 5th grade to 12th grade and oversees the distribution and collection of all food purchased. Under Bryan’s leadership, the organization has raised over $75,000 in 2020.
This year Peyton’s Promise recently surpassed its 1 millionth pound of food collected and/or donated. This means that the organization has been able to provide over 800,000 meals to date to those in the community!
Bryan has gone above and beyond to support the important work of Peyton’s Promise amidst this challenging year, recognizing the urgent need for food across the community due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Learn more and consider making your own donation to Peyton’s Promise.
Arlene Davis, Marie Johnson & the Sustainable HR People Services Team
Arlene, Marie and the Sustainable HR Team have a passion for giving back to the community and our environment, shown through the many volunteer efforts they’ve planned with local organizations in the Maryland area and beyond. Over the course of the past year, they held a donation drive that raised enough money to provide 2,500 meals to Capital Area Food Bank, collected coats for the Tree House Child Advocacy Center and prepared and served enough meals at the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless to feed 200 men. In addition, they donated headphones to Stepping Stones Shelter for online learning during COVID-19 in partnership with the Oncology team and packed and shipped 600 items and 50 letters of appreciation for military troops in Kuwait.
Most recently, they have been working to collect monetary donations and other items in need for the healthcare heroes at Shady Grove Hospitaland are also collecting letters for seniors who have been isolated during the pandemic in partnership with Love for Our Elders. Through their sustainability efforts, they also secured a plot in the AZ Community Garden and have started planting, with plans to donate 100% of the produce grown to Nourish Now.
Arlene and Marie, who co-lead the SustainableHR Team, have successfully expanded the group this year to include 4 new members – Linda Del Rosario, Jenna Lee, Kimberly Pressley and William Mata Salinas – each who have been an integral part of their volunteer efforts. Together, they’ve had a positive impact in the community, consistently living our company values and embedding the importance of sustainability education and awareness in our culture every day.
Learn more about these charities: Capital Area Food Bank, Tree House Child Advocacy Center, Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, Stepping Stones Shelter, Shady Grove Hospital, Love for Our Elders and Nourish Now.
Tiffany Ferguson, Oncology DNA Damage Response PSS
Tiffany is a passionate philanthropic leader, dedicating her time to volunteer with multiple organizations across her community including Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services.
During LLS’s Man & Woman of the Year campaign, which is a 10-week philanthropic competition for leaders in local communities across the United States, she was awarded 2020 Team Member of the Year. She earned this recognition due to the significant impact she had on their mission and many hours she spent on fundraising efforts to raise awareness for the cause, having secured donations from several local businesses for the auction.
Tiffany also volunteers with Meals on Wheels to pack and deliver food to the elderly, as well as with Packed with Pride to pack food boxes for vulnerable families during COVID-19 school closures. Volunteering has always been a north star and guiding principle in Tiffany's life. She is a true believer that "in giving you receive" and is constantly looking for opportunities, big or small, to help in any way that she can.
Learn more about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and how you can make a difference.
Elliott Locke, Process Engineer, Global Medicines Development
Elliott has been an Executive Board leader for the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) for the past 7 years, which aims to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.
Through his volunteer work with NSBE this year, he has provided mentoring for college students, conducted training workshops and participated as a speaker in multiple engagements for both students and teachers. Even with the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, Elliott has continued to serve virtually in support of the organization.
Elliott is a true inspiration to his community, dedicating countless hours to help uplift the next generation of professionals through his work with NSBE.
Find out how you can get involved with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).
Jeff Schoen, CV Specialty PSS
Jeff is on the Board of Directors for Kidz2Leaders, an organization focused on breaking the cycle of incarceration through programs that help young adults live independent lives, avoid incarceration and contribute back to their communities through leadership and volunteerism. Jeff began as a volunteer worker at Camp Hope, which is a week-long summer camp led by Kidz2Leaders that empowers children with the chance to build community, experience new opportunities and find hope for their future.
During his time at Camp Hope, Jeff formed a bond with the children and wanted to do all he could to help lead them to a brighter future, recognizing that as many as 70% of children with a parent in prison may one day become incarcerated themselves. Over the years, he has continued his close involvement with Kidz2Leaders and Camp Hope, acting as a mentor to the children, participating in family retreats, supporting fundraising efforts and through his role on the Board of Directors to support strategic planning efforts.
Find out more about Kidz2Leaders and how you can make a difference in the lives of young adults.
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About the Power of Us
Power of Us is AstraZeneca’s US employee giving and volunteerism program, which allows employees to connect with the charities of their choice and give back through time, talent and financial support.