Community service ranks high on our list of priorities.
Health Advances devotes one day each quarter for the entire staff to give back in some way. This offers a wonderful opportunity to give of our time and energy in a very different manner than our usual daily activities. Here are some of the organizations we’ve worked with:
Health Advances was represented by a team of cyclists who rode in the 2016 North Shore Tour de Cure on the 25th anniversary of the event. The team cycled a 31-mile route throughout Massachusetts, raising $5,932 for the American Diabetes Association and supporting its mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
Health Advances staff helped Cradles to Crayons serve 1,483 children by sorting, cleaning and packing donations of clothing, books, and toys. The organization provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school, and at play.
Health Advances partnered with a local non-profit in the SF Bay Area to conduct science experiments with elementary school students. It was a blast! These kids were curious, engaged and enthusiastic. Pictured, Mike is demonstrating that breakfast cereal contains iron, and that in fact, we consume iron as part of a healthy diet.
Health Advances research services manager Tara Breton joined a team of all-female volunteers to install windows and vinyl siding for a single mom and her daughter as part of a nationwide promotion encouraging women to pick up the hammer and show off their skills.
Health Advances is proud to support Horizons for Homeless Children (HHC) in its mission to provide high-quality early childhood education to homeless children in Massachusetts and across the US. Health Advances was a Gold sponsor of the 16th Annual Women’s Breakfast which several women from Health Advances attended.
Health Advances raised over $5,000 for the Grow Clinic at Boston Medical Center at the silent auction held in conjunction with our yearly New Year celebration. This money will help children from the Greater Boston area receive specialty medical, nutritional, developmental, and social services, as well as dietary assistance.
Health Advances was one of Bead for Life’s top hosts, raising $1,156 for woman in Uganda. Money then becomes savings, savings becomes hope, hope becomes opportunity, and sustainable businesses are born. In a typical year the organization works with 2,200 women and reached more than 10,000 people in Uganda.
Health Advances staff members participate in numerous runs, walks, and rides to benefit various community organizations. Recently several participated in the New England Parkinson’s Ride to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
Each week, several Health Advances volunteers join other local company volunteers at a local elementary school during the lunch hour for one-on-one reading aloud. The signature program of the national literacy organization Everybody Wins!, Power Lunch is a lunchtime reading and mentoring program proven to improve reading skills and attitudes toward reading.