Annual Holiday Initiatives
People Helping People
Trevelyn Carvino and EBI's Green Team coordinated EBI's annual corporate fundraiser for People Helping People. EBI's Burlington Office donated approximately 166 pounds of food for the charity's town-wide effort to provide assistance to residents of Burlington, MA during the holiday season.
Toys for Tots
Alison Martin & EBI's Green Team coordinated EBI's annual Toys for Tots collection over the holiday season. Toys for Tots collects new toys during the holiday season each year and distributes the toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community. EBI is proud to participate in this program annually. EBI's contributions filled up not only the entire truck, but also Ali's entire car!
Burlington office employees partnered with a local Department of Children and Families (DCF) office to "adopt" two foster families, seven children total, in December 2014. These children were used to holidays not only without gifts, but without basic winter necessities. EBI employees' donations totaled approximately $1,400 in gifts to the two families, including winter jackets and accessories, toys and games, art supplies, school supplies, gift cards to grocery stores for the parents, etc. The social worker EBI paired with was overwhelmed at the quality and quantity of gifts EBI contributed.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)
Paul Gartelmann and his family supported his daughter, Paige, by walking in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation last October, 2014. They walked in an effort to raise awareness of Type 1 Diabetes (T1D), to raise money for testing and research, and to ultimately find a timely cure to T1D. Paul's family raised over $5,000 total for the JDRF Foundation, of which EBI employees contributed $545.
Free to Breathe
Maureen Taylor took part in the Free to Breathe 5k in September, 2014. She surpassed her original fundraising goal of $800, having raised over $2,000 in funds to help those affected by lung cancer. EBI employees contributed $400 towards Maureen's total. Free to Breathe is working to double survival by 2022. As Maureen eloquently put it in her e-mail to EBI employees, her mission was to "help every patient - and every person - affected by this disease worry less about counting days and more about making days count."