At Catalyst, our company culture is rooted in our people-first foundational belief and a desire to do the right thing. From our philanthropy and volunteering to our sustainability initiatives, we strive to collaborate openly and inclusively for the best impact on oncology research and support communities as well as the communities in which we live, work, and play.
Since 1974, National Volunteer Week, recognized this year from April 17 – 23, has been an annual campaign celebrating the power of volunteers through service, events, and recognition. Recently, North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper, declared the week National Volunteer Week in North Carolina to celebrate the vital work volunteers do across the state and encourage more North Carolinians to volunteer. As an NC-headquartered organization, Catalyst decided to join the charge to work together and build stronger communities across North Carolina and the world.
During National Volunteer Week, Catalyst offered our team members a paid half-day to volunteer in their local communities. In addition, the company hosted office-based volunteer events and encouraged remote workers to participate in events local to their locations. We were thrilled with the turnout of our teams and their efforts to be Catalysts in their communities.
Our Raleigh, NC team came together to support the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC, packing more than 11,000 pounds of potatoes and providing more than 9,000 meals to those in need in the local area.
Our Clinton, CT office offered various options to local team members, including attending the local Red Cross Blood Drive, donating to the Clinton Food Pantry, and joining a little clean-up on April 22 for Earth Day. A few of our Clinton team members came together to donate 25 used laptops, docking stations, and VoIP phones to Work Vessels for Veterans Group. WVFV is a 501-(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to award equipment to America’s injured veterans so they may start a business or pursue career education. Pictured below are team members Isabelle, Koa (the office dog), and Tai delivering the equipment to Marc, owner of Mystic Oysters, a military veteran, and board member of WVFV.
Our remote teams did not disappoint and were out and about in their local communities as volunteers at clean-ups, food banks, domestic violence shelters, Habitat for Humanity, local schools and libraries, and more! Additionally, our Europen employees came together to volunteer at Thames Hospice, a world-class palliative and end-of-life care and support to people aged 16 years and over across East Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire, UK. (Click the arrows on the image below to scroll through the gallery.)
Thank you to our Catalyst team members and the organizations that hosted us during National Volunteer Week. We are proud to be home to a fantastic group of change agents!