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:

Cradles to Crayons, Boston, MA

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.

Science is Fun!, San Francisco, CA

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.

Habitat for Humanity National Women’s Build Week, Acton, MA

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.

Bead for Life, Weston, MA

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.

New England Parkinson’s Ride, Orchard Beach, ME

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.

Read to a Child, Waltham, MA

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.