Galeneers Volunteer: Holidays 2017

Galeneers Volunteer: Holidays 2017


This time of year is symbolic for the season of giving. Giving back to our communities is very important to Galen. We encourage each employee to look for ways to give back to the people and community around them. To aid in this, every employee can spend 4 hours per quarter to pursue a volunteer activity that is close to their heart. It’s time that the company offers without team members having to take PTO. In addition to this, during the holiday season, each office partners with a non-profit to make a company wide effort to give back to those in need. Below are the organizations we partnered with this for the holidays 2017:

Boston’s Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. The local Toys for Tots Campaigns are the heart and soul of the program and our building has decided to create one of their own! The Boston office worked alongside their building to collect unwrapped toys for girls and boys, ages 0-10 years old. All gifts were gathered in the lobby for donation. Learn more about Toys for Tots here: https://www.toysfortots.org/

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Burlington’s Sponsor a Child

There are many families who are struggling to make ends meet. In Vermont, the Lund Center has been helping families for over 125 years by providing a wide range of services from counseling, housing, adoption services, and education. Every holiday season they rely on the generosity of the community to make the season merry and bright for their families. To aid in that effort they put together a Holiday Giving Wishlist, made up of holiday gifts and necessities that they would like to collect. Our Burlington office worked together and pitched in to purchase various items from this list (pictured below).  Learn more about the Lund Center here: https://lundvt.org/

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Burlington’s Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS)

COTS provides emergency shelter, services, and housing for people who are homeless or marginally housed in Vermont. One of their programs includes a lunchtime meal at the Daystation, the COTS daytime shelter for adults, which is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Earlier this week, a group from the Burlington office organized, cooked, and served lunch for about 50 people at the Daystation. Learn more about COTS & how you can get involved here: http://cotsonline.org/

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Chicago’s Mitten Tree:

Button & Zipper is a coat drive, organized in 2013, to help Chicagoans in need stay warm during the city’s long and grueling winter months. They welcome donations of warm clothes (mittens, scarves, hats, coats, socks, boots) in new or used condition. Homelessness is not limited to adults. These items are distributed to homeless shelters, youth organizations, and individuals on the streets throughout the Chicago area during the winter. Our Chicago office gathered all these items and put it on their tree. On the final day of collection all items were brought to the Button & Zipper drop off site for donation. Please feel free to check out their website here: http://buttonandzipper.com/

From all of us at Galen, we wish you all a healthy and happy holiday season! 

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