AZ Employees Organize Backpack Drives in DE and CA to Support Local Communities


Meredith Hemler

Students across the country are heading back to school and AstraZeneca and its employees joined together to help children in need get the necessary supplies to be prepared for a successful year.

AstraZeneca employees organized grassroots efforts, utilizing employee and corporate funding, to deliver over 370 backpacks filled with school supplies to children in Delaware and California. This is almost a five-fold increase of last year’s local back to school efforts by employees, which began in Delaware. In addition to these backpacks, 300 books were collected and $850 donated by employees went directly to supplementary supplies and school uniforms.

Employees across the business delivered the backpacks to Las Américas ASPIRA Academy, a bilingual charter school in Wilmington, Delaware; Adopt-A-Student, a program that aids families in crisis throughout Delaware; and the Boys and Girls Club, in Santa Ana, California. The AstraZeneca volunteers in California also had the opportunity to mentor the children during their Arts and Crafts and Physical Education sessions.

In addition to partnering with these organizations, AstraZeneca continues to invest time, energy and funds to support educational efforts across the United States, including those that build enthusiasm for and skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

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