Beyond simply supporting programs, Astellas invests in the happiness of our employees by giving them five paid days a year to volunteer at an eligible nonprofit of their choice. We also host an annual yearlong global service campaign called Changing Tomorrow Day that helps people live smart. Employees contribute their time and skills toward our goal of building communities by painting children’s cancer centers, assembling self-care kits for homeless veterans and cleaning up local parks, to name a few examples. Astellas is also committed to improving STEM education, by hosting Astellas scientists in classrooms to inspire the next generation of scientific minds.
Astellas and its employees show their commitment to giving back in many ways:
- Employees are given 40 hours of time off to volunteer each year.
- Employees in the Americas have donated 75,000 hours of their time to date to volunteer in their communities.
- Through the Matching Gifts program, Astellas matches employee contributions to four important organizations: American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity and Starlight Children’s Foundation Midwest.
–Astellas and its employees have contributed $1 million to these organizations to date.
Changing Tomorrow Day 2015
In 2015, to celebrate the company’s 10th anniversary, Astellas Americas multiplied its commitment to volunteerism by “the power of 10.” We met our goal to complete 10,000 volunteer service hours throughout the Americas, completing 121 volunteer events that benefited 35 nonprofit organizations and the people they serve.
Employees took part in activities ranging from restoring a park and assembling care packages for veterans’ families to preparing meals for families of children in pediatric hospitals. Fifty percent of employees across the U.S., Canada and Brazil voted to choose grant recipients from a select group of nonprofit disaster relief and health-based organizations. The American Red Cross and Stop Hunger Now each received a $100,000 grant to support their efforts to advance access to healthcare and expand community development around the world.
Taking Volunteering to Heart
I’ve always had a natural inclination to be involved in my community, whether it is at my son’s school activities or at fundraisers. After losing my son in 2011 to combat in Afghanistan, that natural inclination drove me to establish the Sean M. Walsh K9 Memorial Foundation; a foundation that helps fund police K-9 dogs for law enforcement departments. Sean always wanted to join the police department and be a K-9 unit dog handler, so starting this foundation was the best way to honor his memory.
The foundation has given me strength to go on since losing my son. With Astellas’ Volunteer Time Off program, I coordinate school supply and toy drives for the families in Sean’s military police unit. I’m a volunteer family readiness coordinator for the California Army National Guard 870th MP Company and also work with Blue Star Mothers of America, a nonprofit service organization for mothers of children serving in the military. I also donate my time to American Gold Star Mothers, a group of mothers who have lost children in service to their country.
There are so many communities and nonprofits that need help in ways that aren’t obvious - every effort goes a long way in supporting them. Taking advantage of Astellas’ Volunteer Time Off program is a rewarding benefit for me, and for our communities.
Cheryl Walsh, Senior Executive Rep I, Oncology, Astellas Pharma US, Inc.
We create opportunities for Astellas employees to become more involved and amplify the impact of their own charitable giving through the StarGIVING program.
Changing Tomorrow Day 2015 — Americas
Each year, our commitment to building our communities to help them live smarter comes to life through our Changing Tomorrow Day activities.
Over 72% of Astellas employees volunteered 10,000+ hours
Packed 70,855 lbs. of food totaling 56,045 meals for those in need
Collected 800 lbs. of trash and planted 100 shrubs
Volunteers in the Brazil office donated nearly 700 hours to 13 local nonprofit organizations
“It was such a win-win for both sides. It was a teambuilding opportunity that allowed us to help someone who really needs it, and the organization really benefitted from our time there. This will definitely be a yearly event for our team.”
– Angela Johnson, Astellas Pharma US, retail corporate account specialist, on volunteering with Christmas in the City, a nonprofit that collects and distributes gifts for needy families. The Boston- based Astellas Corporate Accounts team assisted parents in the community with selecting Christmas gifts for their children.
“It is great to volunteer anytime during the year, but people really seem to appreciate it during the holidays. It makes life a little easier for families and more joyous for the children.”
– Vikki Andersen, Astellas Pharma US, senior professional representative II, PCP, on volunteering with Operation Homefront, an organization that provides emergency assistance to military personnel and their families.
Our employees help make an impact with Astellas USA Foundation partner programs:
Astellas USA Foundation supports Chicago Zoological Society’s “King Conservation Science Scholars Program,” which gives more than 200 Chicago-area high school students the opportunity to learn about animals and conservation and give back to their communities while preparing for college and their future careers. In February 2016, Astellas employees served as judges at two Brookfield Zoo Science Fairs hosted by Chicago Zoological Society.
“It was wonderful seeing the excitement the students had for their projects and the thought and hard work that went into them. It’s very encouraging to see a new generation have such a passion for science.”
– Marjorie Baker, School Programs Coordinator
Since 2011, Astellas USA Foundation has supported iBIO’s Stellar Girls, a 20-week after-school program benefiting 400 girls, taught by teachers from 25 Chicago area schools.
“The success of the experiments the girls complete increases their confidence and desire to continue learning about science. I think I have as much fun as they do, and I find my time with the girls unbelievably rewarding. I encourage every woman at Astellas to participate in this amazing program.”
– Barbara Devine, assistant director, risk management, on volunteering with iBIO Institute EDUCATE Center’s Stellar Girl’s program.