“Wherever they live and work, our colleagues are actively engaged in improving the quality of life for everyone in their communities,” says Emily Sandman, Consultant, Community Relations. Employees work together to raise money for medical research, build houses, host food drives, respond to natural disasters—and so much more. “On behalf of the Cardinal Health Foundation, we applaud and thank all of our active volunteers,” Emily says.
Here, we share just a few stories of employees’ volunteerism from around the globe.
“Employees in our three Mexico facilities are passionate about strengthening our communities,” says Enrique Alvelais, Director, HR Business Partner, Medical Segment, in Latin America and El Paso. Most Cardinal Health employees donate dollars and volunteer time through United Way Mexico: At Delicias, 100 percent of employees participate; in Juarez, 99 percent of employees are involved; and in Cuauhtémoc, 97 percent give to United Way Mexico.
United Way Mexico recognized this commitment late last year: Cardinal Health was named one of United Way Mexico’s top 10 corporate donors (among more than 360 companies) and recognized Quiroproductos de Cuauhtémoc, a Cardinal Health subsidiary, with a Company Example Award in the category of Essential to our Community. (Pictured on left: On behalf of Cardinal Health Mexico, Enrique Alvelais accepts a United Way Mexico award, honoring employees’ commitment to community.)
In Rayong, Thailand, Cardinal Health employees worked with the Thai Red Cross Society to organize a blood drive; more than 100 employees and their neighbors participated. “Everyone was happy to give blood,” says employee Nuch Chi, “because we could imagine how many lives we were saving with our donations.”
Also in January, after severe flooding in southern Thailand killed as many as 50 people; displaced countless others; closed a hospital, an airport, and several highways, employees worked with the local Miracle of Life Foundation to support relief efforts. Employees raised more than $1,300, and donated many essential supplies for aid packages that were given to families impacted by the floods. “Our employees want to give back,” Nuch says. “We know that when we care for others in the community, the community becomes more robust.”
And in the Sacramento area, “We first started volunteering for Habitat for Humanity as a team-building opportunity,” says Veronica Jacobson, Consultant, Warehouse/Supply Chain Transportation, in Elk Grove, CA. “In the day-to-day operations within our distribution center, it can be hard to find ways to even talk together about things that aren’t work related.” So when Veronica met with a representative from Habitat for Humanity and learned how much impact volunteering together can have for a team, she was eager to share the idea with her colleagues. “Our folks loved the idea of working side by side—with each other, and with the families that will ultimately live in the Habitat houses,” she says.
The folks in Elk Grove have now partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento for three years; last month, the organization recognized Cardinal Health as one of its Outstanding Community Partners. “Working on the houses has been great for building morale and rapport, and great for the community,” Veronica says. “More employees get involved every year.”