United Way Westchester and Putnam (UWWP) welcomed groups of Regeneron employees during October to assist with community service projects for Regeneron’s “Day for Doing Good” (D4DG), a day of global service for its employees to improve the communities in which they live and work.
“The Day for Doing Good aligns with what we do here at United Way,” United Way President and CEO Tom Gabriel, said. “United, we can change the world for the better, so we love anytime volunteers want to join us on one of our projects. The Regeneron employees and Volunteer New York did a great job, and we were happy to have them on board.”
More than 4,000 Regeneron employees served over 150 nonprofit organizations throughout the week, including a group of volunteers that helped UWWP build a Born Learning Trail at a local elementary school and a group of volunteers that helped assemble literacy kits for children.
“At Regeneron, we have a longstanding tradition of ‘doing well by doing good.’ It’s what we commit to every day through our work discovering, developing manufacturing, and commercializing life-saving medicines and through our efforts to strengthen our communities,” said Leonard S. Schleifer, M.D., Ph.D., president and chief executive officer, Regeneron.
“We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to partner with the United Way of Westchester and Putnam as part of our sixth annual Day for Doing Good, which brought together thousands of employees with the shared goal of making a meaningful difference in our world.”
Regeneron employees, Volunteer New York, and UWWP met at Woodside Elementary School in Peekskill on Friday, Oct. 21, and built a Born Learning Trail. The Born Learning Trail is a series of 10 interactive signs that offer fun, active learning activities for young children and their families. It helps parents, caregivers, and communities create quality engagement opportunities when out on a stroll or visiting a local playground.
On Monday, Oct. 24, 30 Regeneron volunteers helped United Way of Westchester and Putnam assemble 2,000 bilingual literacy kits for its literacy program, United2Read. Each kit contained three books, 100 Days of Learning Cards, and a folder with activity sheets.
“It was incredible to see the enthusiasm and dedication the Regeneron employees showed in making literacy kits for children,” said Nora Nicholson, manager of corporate relations & service events at Volunteer New York. “Volunteer New York was honored to work with such a great group of volunteers and the United Way on this project.”
To learn more about United2Read visit uwwp.org/united2read. To volunteer visit uwwp.org/about-us/contact-us.