The United States is a world leader thanks in large part to the work of the its scientists, engineers, mathematicians and innovators. Our future success depends on the work of the next generation’s brilliant minds, who will seek out innovative solutions to current — and currently unknown — problems.
Jamie, an Amgen Sr. Biopharmaceutical Rep. from Denver, used her volunteer Impact Day to wrap gifts for children and families living at Brent’s Place, a free housing option for children who are immune-compromised.
By Bob Fuller, 2017 President's Volunteer Service Award recipient
I’ve spent some of the best days of my life out on a hiking trail, clearing brush, field checking maps and leading crews that rehabilitate trails and build new ones. You might see me carrying a clipboard and counting deer droppings, cutting brush with loppers or clearing blown down trees with a chain saw. Or perhaps you might find me building a bridge, swinging a sledge hammer or moving big rocks to build stepping stones or stairs. It’s not a high-paying job; it’s not even a paying job, actually. Money isn’t the point. I volunteer because it’s infinitely rewarding.
Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to ensuring that the most vulnerable of children—those who are caught up in the confusing, chaotic and scary child protection system that they unwittingly become a part of—are provided with a safety net. By recruiting, training and closely supervising citizen volunteers to become the “eyes and ears of the Court,” Fairfax CASA has been able to provide a voice to 7,000 children with open abuse and neglect cases in the Fairfax Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court since1989.
...Books for Bedtime encourages organizations and schools to hold their own book drives to benefit the nonprofit. It also joined VolunteerMatch, which links people willing to donate their time with a cause. The Warrens said that led to companies such as The Limited and Morgan Stanley sponsoring book drives. "It was really exciting the first time. I got to tour The Limited facility," she said.
If you look at the volunteer rates from 2011-2015, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, you'll notice volunteerism has been on the decline in recent years. However, as Laura Shear, a Bay Area-based freelance writer and consultant, states in an article posted on Relate by Zendesk, "there's a glimmer of hope."
Amgen Asia’s R&D Impact Day had a double impact. Not only did Amgen staff make a positive difference in the lives of students at an impoverished school in Shangrao County, but the students also left a deep impression on the more than 50 R&D staff who volunteered.