We give employees the chance to offer their time and talents to their communities through our volunteer program. In addition to MilliporeSigma-sponsored volunteer events, employees have the opportunity to participate in meaningful volunteer projects outside of the workplace.
Employees who devote more than 20 hours per month to non-profit organizations with 501(c)3 status in their communities may be eligible for $1,000 to $3,000 grants from the MilliporeSigma Giving Program to support their favorite organizations. Through this program, MilliporeSigma has not only donated funds to youth mentoring groups, such as the Big Sister Association, but it has also provided much needed equipment such as refrigerators to local food banks.
For example, MilliporeSigma employee Mike Farbarik from our Hayward, CA site received a Voluntary Service Grant to support two projects he manages for the Castro Valley Education Fund, including the Robotics Club and the Science Festival.
“In addition to helping support the school districts Science Festival, the grant from MilliporeSigma allowed me to expand the Robotics Club to a second middle school in the town all at once, as opposed to an incremental expansion,” explained Manager Mike Farbarik. “Each school has over 20 students attending the club each year, which runs once a week for three months. The program has been running for five years, and the students are really excited to participate, despite having to be there bright and early for the start of the program at 7:15 a.m.! I can definitely say the grant has allowed the Educational Foundation projects to move to a higher level.”
The Ambassador program allows employees to apply for a $500 grant to put towards their fundraising goals for a particular fundraising activity, such as a walk, run, bike-a-thon, etc.
Amy Wood is one employee who has taken advantage of the program. As part of the 2013 “Run for Research” Boston Marathon Team, she committed to a personal goal of raising a minimum of $4,000 for the American Liver Foundation. The money she raised was allocated for liver disease research programs, education for the community and advocacy for individuals living with liver disease.
“Although participating in the Boston Marathon is a fulfilling personal accomplishment, doing so as part of a charity team organization is an inspiring experience beyond words,” said Amy Wood, Engineering Manager from the Bedford, MA site. “I am thankful for MilliporeSigma’s Ambassador Grant Program because it helped me reach my goals as member of the Run for Research Team, and it enabled me to be a part of the charity team community that promotes hope and progress. I am also appreciative of the support provided by my colleagues through their donations and words of encouragement as the marathon approached and thereafter.”
Over the past 28 years, our U.S. employees have volunteered approximately 25,000 hours on community service projects for local non-profit partners. Throughout the year, we offer employees the opportunity to “give back” to the communities where we operate through a range of company sponsored volunteer projects. Each project is designed to address the specific needs of the local community through the donated time, efforts and expertise of our engaged employee base. Examples include home construction for families in need through Habitat for Humanity, job shadow days for local high school students at our R&D facilities and cleanup activities at area parks.
Studies prove that children who are read to have strong reading comprehension skills. MilliporeSigma is proud to support the efforts of the Read to a Child Reading Program, which pairs employees with local elementary students for 30 minute reading sessions throughout the school year. Since 2003, MilliporeSigma employees have volunteered over 7,000 hours to this program in partnership with the Vining and Parker Elementary Schools in Billerica, MA.
MilliporeSigma and EMD Serono join forces every year to participate in the Bike MS: Cape Cod Getaway event as part of team “Reason to Ride.” In 2013, 150 employees participated in the two day, 150 mile ride, which started in Boston and ended in Provincetown, MA, attracting over 2,000 cyclists. MilliporeSigma and EMD Serono employees also volunteered at rest stops along the route.
David Beattie, Senior R&D Director at MilliporeSigma, has participated in MS Rides for seven years and has served as a captain of team “Reason to Ride” for 6 years. “People do this event for so many different reasons, which is how the team got its name,” said David. “I love the camaraderie of my teammates and other riders, the fantastic scenery, superb ride logistics and the amazing support we get from the community and the MS patients who come out to cheer us on. It’s my hope that our fundraising and few hours of hard work in the saddle can bring relief and encouragement to those who struggle every day.”
This year was the fourth year Maureen McHugh, Divisional Supplier Quality Engineer at MilliporeSigma, has participated in Bike MS. “I look forward to the Bike MS ride every year because it’s a fun event and it allows me to fundraise money for a great cause,” said Maureen. “It’s so inspiring to ride with people who have MS and are still able to maintain a great quality of life and smile on their face.”
Our Cork, Ireland site employees participate in various educational local volunteer opportunities. In addition to sponsoring an annual science competition for local area schools, approximately 20 employees volunteer their time every year to advise participating students and judge the competition. Students from the winning school are invited to visit the site to interact with employees and display their project outside the cafeteria. Employees in Cork also participate in an ongoing Junior Achievement program, where they teach a series of sessions to students on various science-related topics
Since 2012 in Shanghai, China, more than 40 employees have volunteered at five primary schools, teaching 10 classes per semester on environmental education to the students. In addition to volunteering their time, employees at the site also launched a charity donating project to address clean water purification systems in the schools.