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IMPACT’S Making an IMPACT Initiative Celebrates the Second Half of 2015

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC: 07 January 2016 – In the second half of 2015, IMPACT’s employees continued their generous efforts via the Making an IMPACT community service initiative. IMPACT’s employees found new ways to give back to the local Triangle community by hosting drives for food, school supplies, clothing, and toys.

Backpack Buddies – Donating Food for Kids in Need During the Summer

In July, Ann Brown organized her second 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.

Last year, Ann collected 168 pounds of food for BackPack Buddies. This year, she collected a whopping 201 pounds of food for hungry children! We are very proud of Ann and are happy to support her efforts to help feed children in need.

Crayons2Calculators – Fill that Bus!

In August, Lena Randhawa collected school supplies for IMPACT’s second annual Fill that Bus! event, sponsored by Crayons2Calculators (C2C). C2C provides free school supplies to classroom teachers in Durham County to support children’s educational needs.

Thanks to her fellow colleagues, Lena filled both bins along with 2 additional boxes! What a great group effort!


Dress for Success/StepUp Ministry – Clothing Drive

Picture3 In September, Elaina Howard (left) motivated us to stop hoarding and clean out those closets!

She organized her second annual clothing drive for Dress for Success and StepUp Ministry. These organizations help women and men, respectively, pursue employment opportunities, in part by providing them with professional attire.

Ann from StepUp Ministry (right, with Elaina) picked up a sizable donation of gently used clothes from IMPACT employees and their spouses. Thanks to Elaina for helping to pay it forward and improve a Triangle-area individual’s chance for gainful employment!

Vitalink/Raleigh Rescue Mission – Winter Coat Drive

In October, Lori Davis partnered with Vitalink to collect winter clothing for the Raleigh Rescue Mission, which serves the homeless in the local community.

At the conclusion of her winter coat drive, Lori collected 25 coats, 19 sweaters, 17 scarves,
14 hats, 5 pairs of gloves, 4 ear warmers, and 2 blankets!

Thanks to the generous donations of her colleagues, those in need can keep warm during the cold winter months.


Toys for Tots – Toy Drive

Picture5 In November, Nancy Gasper-Smith held her second annual toy drive for Toys for Tots, a US Marine Corp program that collects and distributes new toys as Christmas gifts to children in need.

Thanks to the generosity of her fellow IMPACT employees and of the other tenants in Building 4401, Nancy’s toy bin overflowed with gifts.

These gifts will certainly make some Triangle-area children very happy this holiday season!

US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants North Carolina – Collection for Refugee Families

In December, Lena Randhawa and Erica Allen organized a collection to benefit a refugee family from the Congo via the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) North Carolina. The USCRI North Carolina aids refugee families in their resettlement in North Carolina.

Lena and Erica collected household items, including kitchenware, bedding, laundry baskets, clothing, and gift cards. We hope our refugee family gets some good use out of these items as they resettle in their new home.


Ronald McDonald House – Feeding Hungry Families

Picture7 December marked a double feature for Making an IMPACT. Jenny and Tim Garver closed out 2015 by hosting a dinner at the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill.

The Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill serves families with children receiving medical care at area hospitals by providing a comfortable place for the family to live during their child’s treatment. The Ronald McDonald House also offers emotional support to these families during their stay.

Jenny and Tim recruited some of their IMPACT colleagues and family to help in feeding several families a taco dinner with all the fixings. Being able to provide a hot dinner to families during a stressful time in their lives was a great way to give back during the holiday season!

As part of the 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.

We wish you a prosperous 2016!

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Mark A. Cierpial, PhD, Chief Executive Officer
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