Helping People in Need
Through philanthropy and volunteerism, Bristol-Myers Squibb and its employees are helping provide care and support for some of the most vulnerable citizens of our local communities across the country.
Today, when so many people are struggling, we lend a helping hand to those most in need: the poor, the hungry, the homeless, the elderly and the disabled. We collaborate with numerous organizations to provide basic human needs such as food, clothing and shelter. Here are some examples:
- Feeding the Hungry
Bristol-Myers Squibb provides volunteer and financial support to groups that help feed families. Employees at our Adnexus subsidiary in Waltham, Massachusetts, helped the Greater Boston Food Bank inspect and sort through 7,000 pounds of donated groceries. The Adnexus team packaged more than 500 bags – totaling 8,000 meals – that were distributed to hunger relief agencies. Adnexus employees also organized a Thanksgiving turkey drive for the Greater Boston Food Bank. Our employees in central New Jersey volunteer at various soup kitchens and food pantries and the company provides donations to several of these organizations, including Catholic Charities, Mercer Street Friends, HomeFront, Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, Trenton Area Community Services. Mobile Meals of Ewing/Trenton and Elijah’s Promise. They also participate in an annual Thanksgiving food drive with the United Way of Greater Mercer County.
- Fighting Homelessness
Bristol-Myers Squibb is proud to assist a number of organizations working to provide shelter and other necessities for people in need. These include: HomeFront, the Rescue Mission of Trenton and the Crisis Ministry of Princeton and Trenton, which each offer food, shelter and supportive services to the homeless and the hungry in and around Trenton, New Jersey. Bristol-Myers Squibb has also supported the Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness and its “Project Homeless Connect” outreach program that connects people in Mercer County, New Jersey, who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless with the service agencies that can assist them.
- Helping the Elderly and Homebound
Many frail elderly and disabled people live alone. With limited mobility and financial resources, they often require help with the simplest tasks of daily life. Interfaith Caregivers of Mercer County, New Jersey, matches these individuals with volunteers from area religious congregations and community groups who assist with things like home maintenance, chores, paperwork and food shopping. A grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb is helping Interfaith Caregivers recruit, screen, train and manage these volunteers, whose efforts permit this vulnerable population to continue living safely in their homes. We also support Visiting Health and Supportive Services, a program in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, that provides in-home health support services to elderly and helps their families and caregivers cope with the demands created by aging and declining health.
- Helping Our Neighbors with Special Needs
Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities face unique challenges when accessing health care services. Bristol-Myers Squibb supports a patient advocacy and care coordination program offered by The Arc Mercer in Ewing, New Jersey, that helps patients navigate health care services and address their health care needs. We also support the Court-Appointed Special Advocates of Mercer County Child Advocacy Program for abused and neglected children living in out-of-home placements. CASA’s specially trained volunteers help ensure that needed services and assistance are made available while helping to move the children into safe and permanent homes. Members of our disABILITY Network Alliance employee resource group volunteer to assist various organizations that assist people with physical, intellectual or developmental disabilities. One such organization is Special Olympics New Jersey. For many years, we have provided financial and volunteer support to Special Olympics’ sports training, competitions and health and fitness education programs, which are offered free of charge to more than 22,000 athletes across the state. The company also is supporting the 2014 Special Olympics National Games, which will be held in New Jersey.
- Helping Neighbors When Disaster Strikes
Bristol-Myers Squibb has assisted the American Red Cross of Central New Jersey and its Emergency Services Program, which helps people in the aftermath of emergencies such as fires and floods, with a focus on low-income populations. By helping to meet people’s immediate needs with food, clothing, shelter and other services, the Emergency Services Program enables vulnerable families to recover from disasters that may otherwise push them into poverty and homelessness. In addition, employees across the country serve as volunteer firefighters and rescue squad workers and the company has provided charitable donations to emergency service providers in communities where our employees work and live. In central New Jersey, where we have five facilities and more than 6,000 employees, our on-site emergency services teams assist with fires, hazardous materials emergencies and technical rescues that occur in our local communities. We make our manpower and equipment available when municipal resources are not available or otherwise deployed.
- Making the Holidays – and Every Day – Brighter for Children
Our employees engage in various activities that help make the holidays – and every day – a little brighter for children in need. Employees at our Amylin manufacturing plant in West Chester, Ohio, participate in a back to school supply drive and a holiday toy drive to benefit Reach Out Lakota. Last year, Amylin employees collected several bins of school supplies and also donated $2500 to help Reach Out Lakota purchase backpacks for children in need. Members of our Syracuse, New York, leadership team helped the Salvation Army prepare for Distribution Day by sorting food and toys and packing stocking stuffers for more than 3,000 families in the Syracuse area. At our manufacturing facility in Mount Vernon, Indiana, our employees have provided holiday gifts for needy children and military families though the Ministerial Association Program of Christmas Assistance for Posey County. Employees at our Adnexus subsidiary in Waltham, Massachusetts, participate in “Frosty’s Friends,” a holiday gift-giving program for children at the local Boys & Girls Club. Children write a letter to Frosty, requesting a specific gift, and Adnexus employees buy and wrap a gift for each child whose letter they answer. Meanwhile, employees at some of our locations in central New Jersey participate in an Adopt-A-Family campaign that provides more than 600 holiday gifts to children who otherwise would not receive them and also provides backpacks full of school supplies to ensure homeless children and others in need are prepared to start school each fall.