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IMPACT’S Making an IMPACT Initiative Celebrates the First Half of 2017

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC: 29 August 2017 – In the first half of 2017, IMPACT’s employees continued their generous efforts via the Making an IMPACT community service initiative. Together, we held several donation drives for various charities, as well as our annual March Madness fundraiser.

IMPACT Collects Books for Book Harvest

In January, Lena Randhawa (pictured to the left) organized a book drive to support Book Harvest. Book Harvest provides books to children in need and engages families and communities to promote children’s lifelong literacy and academic success.

IMPACT employees collected 404 books! This year, Book Harvest was able to shatter their previous book collection record and collect over 48,000 books!



IMPACT’s Diaper Drive for the Diaper Bank of NC

In February, Preeti Chugha (pictured to the right) hosted a diaper drive to benefit the Diaper Bank of NC (DBNC). The DBNC works to ensure that families receive hygiene products they need by working with established family‑support organizations to distribute diapers to low‑income families. Using these existing networks, DBNC can efficiently get diapers to those in greatest need.

With a car full of donations, IMPACT employees helped collect hundreds of diapers for distribution across the Triangle area!

IMPACT’s 4th Annual March Madness Prizes Go to 3 Worthy Charities

In March, Jennifer Moen organized IMPACT’s annual March Madness charity bracket fundraiser. For the 4th year in a row, IMPACT employees and their friends and families made their top picks in the NCAA tournament to win money for their favorite charities. Overall, we raised $100 more than last year for a total of $720 (from 69 brackets)!

This year’s winners (pictured to the left) were:

IMPACT is proud to support these charities, and we look forward to next year’s bracket winners!

Making an IMPACT Special Event!

Following our March Madness donation, the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) in Durham invited IMPACT employees (pictured to the right) to tour their facility. The facility creates a “home away from home” and provides families with a comfortable bed, safe place to unwind and keep up with their studies, and home‑cooked meals for families receiving medical care in the Triangle area. Each night, the house welcomes up to 55 families, some of whom stay for a few nights, while others stay for over a year. Last year, the RMH helped 951 families for 18,092 nights, with volunteers contributing 39,749 hours!

In an effort to “Pull Together,” IMPACT has started collecting soda can tabs – it’s one of RMH’s biggest ways to raise money!

IMPACT’s 4th Annual Great Strides Walk

Also in March, Erica Allen organized Impact’s 4th annual Great Strides Walk in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF)! IMPACT has been a long-time supporter of the CFF and its annual Great Strides Walk is one of our favorite events. This year we raised $3,885 for the CFF, a new company high!

The IMPACT team enjoyed a nice walk around Duke campus with family and friends (IMPACT group pictured to the left). The Durham walk was 1 of nearly 500 walks nationwide to support the CFF mission to cure cystic fibrosis.

IMPACT Collects ‘Wish List’ Items for the UNC NICU and PICU

In April, Ilana Dew organized a gift in-kind donation drive to collect toys and supplies for children and their families receiving care at UNC Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).

Last year, over 900 critically ill children from North Carolina and the Southeast were cared for by the doctors and nurses in the PICU. In the NICU, UNC Heath Care practitioners diagnosed and treated about 730 newborns from more than 50 counties throughout North Carolina.

When Ilana delivered these bins to UNC Children’s Hospital she was told that just a day prior, a mom of a pediatric patient had requested a stuffed animal or soft blanket, in order to help comfort her child. The hospital was so excited and appreciative knowing they would be able to provide stuffed animals and blankets, as well as other toy and supplies, to several children and families!

IMPACT’s Drive for the Durham Literacy Center

In May, Kasturi Puranam (pictured to the left) organized a drive to collect classroom items for the Durham Literacy Center (DLC). The DLC is the leading independent organization dedicated to providing free literacy services to adults and out-of-school youth in Durham County. The DLC offers classes and workshops such as adult literacy and General Educational Development (GED) training, adult English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes, computer literacy classes, and career pathways workshops.

The DLC was extremely grateful for all the donations and sent over a wonderful personalized thank‑you note from the students as a show of appreciation!

IMPACT’s 4th Annual Food Drive for Backpack Buddies

In June, Ann Brown organized her 4th annual food drive for BackPack Buddies, a program through the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle that provides children with healthy meals using donated non-perishable food items. The need for food items is particularly high during summer vacation, when children are not in school and thus do not have access to a school cafeteria for daily meals.

This year, Ann collected an amazing 235 pounds of food for children from food-insecure homes! Way to go Ann!

Making an IMPACT Employee Spotlights: BJ Witkin and Kasturi Puranam

BJ Witkin (pictured to the right) has been volunteering to help his daughter’s school run a Coding Club a few days a week. The Coding Club teaches 4th and 5th graders the basics of computer programming concepts using Google’s CSFirst environment.

Each quarter, the teacher chooses a theme (eg, Art, Animation, or Fashion) and the students follow instructions to develop programs. The programming language uses predesigned building blocks so the students can focus on concepts without getting hung up on programming syntax or punctuation.

Kasturi Puranam (pictured to the left) has been volunteering at the DLC for 9 months. Kasturi volunteers in a program that serves 200 to 300 adult, non‑native English speakers. After going through a 12‑hour training session on the basics of teaching English to non-native speakers, she was assigned to the DLC’s Advanced Conversation class. The class meets once a week for 2 hours and draws in students from the DLC’s adult literacy classes.

As part of our Making an IMPACT initiative, IMPACT employees come together as a team for larger community projects several times a year. Projects are chosen based on charities or efforts that have strong connections to IMPACT employees and their families. In addition, IMPACT supports and promotes their employees’ efforts to give back to their community by providing them 4 hours of paid time off per month to pursue volunteer work.

Would you like to be a part of IMPACT’s community endeavors? Let us know! We’d love to hear from you here, or via Twitter (@ImpactPharma) or on LinkedIn. You can also keep up with our Making an IMPACT events via our quarterly newsletters!

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