Sanofi Pasteur Continues Strengthening Safety Net Around Local Families in Need
Employee holiday drive echoes company’s holistic approach in supporting Monroe County Head Start and Pocono Alliance families
Dec 15, 2016
Coolbaugh Township - December 15, 2016 - Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, announced today that its employees continued their 22-year tradition of collecting and hand-delivering gifts, non-perishable food items, and supermarket gift cards to the families of Monroe County Head Start at Pocono Services for Families and Children (PSFC). The items were donated through the company’s “Adopt-A-Family” drive, which will brighten the holidays of 37 families this year.
For Sanofi Pasteur, caring for Monroe County’s low-income families is not limited to one annual drive, or even one non-profit partnership. Rather, Sanofi Pasteur’s corporate and employee volunteer support wraps around these individuals from several different sources.
For instance, eight of the Head Start families served by this holiday drive include recent participants in Pocono Alliance’s Bridges Out of Poverty program, also supported by Sanofi Pasteur. Head Start families apply to participate in this program, which provides practical solutions, mentoring, and support to individuals to break the cycle of poverty in their own lives. This program received early and critical funding from Sanofi Pasteur at its inception, and Sanofi Pasteur employee volunteers continue to provide assistance to the program.
“Sanofi Pasteur knows where are the most critical needs of our community,” said Jackie Lapping, family & health services manager, PSFC. “Through organizations like ours and Pocono Alliance, they then help meet those needs -- not just with funding, but also through the company’s active engagement efforts.”
Michael Tukeva, executive director, Pocono Alliance adds, “Sanofi Pasteur’s multifaceted and holistic approach in its local philanthropy and volunteerism ultimately benefits Monroe County families in need, surrounding them with the best support possible from several different resources.”
Sanofi Pasteur employees also delivered 279 pairs of winter boots, clothes and food to Monroe County Head Start families earlier this year, as part of the company’s Thanksgiving holiday drive. The company also provided significant funding toward PSFC’s new center in Coolbaugh Township, where the Adopt-a-Family drive items were delivered. In addition, the company worked with PSFC to create a scholarship for graduates of the Monroe County Head Start program who are entering or are currently enrolled in college.
About Head Start
Head Start is a child development program that has served low-income children and their families since 1965. The Head Start program is administered by the Head Start Bureau; the Administration on Children, Youth and Families; Administration for Children and Families; and the Department of Health and Human Services. Those interested in providing a donation to help local families and children in need can contact Jackie Lapping at 570-421-2711 x230.
About Pocono Alliance
Pocono Alliance provides resources to the community by building relationships and creating solutions and has played a critical role since 2002 in comprehensive health and human service planning and management activities, program development and service delivery for low- to moderate-income families.
Sanofi, a global healthcare leader, discovers, develops and distributes therapeutic solutions focused on patients' needs. Sanofi has core strengths in diabetes solutions, human vaccines, innovative drugs, consumer healthcare, emerging markets, animal health and Genzyme. Sanofi is listed in Paris (EURONEXT: SAN) and in New York (NYSE: SNY).
Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, provides more than 1 billion doses of vaccine each year, making it possible to immunize more than 500 million people across the globe. A world leader in the vaccine industry, Sanofi Pasteur offers a broad range of vaccines protecting against 20 infectious diseases. The company's heritage, to create vaccines that protect life, dates back more than a century. Sanofi Pasteur is the largest company entirely dedicated to vaccines. Every day, the company invests more than EUR 1 million in research and development. For more information, please visit: www.sanofipasteur.com or www.sanofipasteur.us