The Lilly promise is to unite caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We talk a lot on the blog about how this is connected to our determined work to improve lives by making and discovering safe, effective medicines. Last week, this company promise was acted out in visible, tangible ways in our communities throughout Canada as we put our hearts and hands into action in a one-day volunteer effort.
Launched in 2005, the Lilly Canada Community Answers Program (CAP) gives Lilly employees the opportunity to come together in a single, coordinated effort to improve the communities where we work, live and play. This Canadian initiative inspired the creation of the companywide Lilly Global Day of Service in 2008. Since then, this has become one of the largest single-day volunteer programs in the world with approximately 20,000 Lilly team members in nearly 60 countries volunteering each year.
In its ninth year of existence, 235 employees participated in CAP on November 27th, giving their time, energy, and skills to volunteer-based agencies that are making a huge difference in our communities. One such group volunteered at Feed The Need Durham, an agency that distributes fresh, nutritious food and non-perishable products to 46 emergency food providers in the Durham region. Another group chose to spend a morning tidying, organizing, and cleaning the Family Resource Centre basement and barn for 360°kids, an Ontario-based organization that focuses on surrounding kids in crisis with care.
This work is part of our ongoing efforts to put our mission into action. As Lisa Matar, President and General Manager of Lilly Canada , explained, “The very high rate of participation in the Community Answers Program speaks to the kind of people we have working at Lilly, people who are motivated to give back, through the work we do supporting patients, and in broader efforts supporting the community.”