Stamford, Conn. – April 19, 2018 – Over 100 volunteers assembled 1,500 first aid kits at Americares headquarters and distribution center on Wednesday, April 18, in recognition of National Volunteer Week. Volunteers from Boehringer Ingelheim, Crane Co., Deloitte LLP, ICBC Standard Securities Inc./ICBC Standard Resources Inc., J.P. Morgan, OdysseyRe, Purdue Pharma L.P., Warby Parker and community members participated in the event.
The kits contain critical first aid items, including bandages, burn gel and pain relievers. Americares pre-positions the kits in its Stamford warehouse for distribution to families displaced by tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding and other emergencies.
Boehringer Ingelheim volunteers Jennifer Grant, Jeannine Gagnon, Christine Zarrella and Meaghan Hart assemble first aid kits in Americares distribution center in Stamford, Conn. Photo by Marc Birnbach/Americares.
“National Volunteer Week is a great opportunity to involve the community in the work that we do,” said Americares President and CEO Michael J. Nyenhuis. “We’re proud to have such dedicated partners support our mission of saving lives and improving health for people affected by poverty or disaster. The kits assembled today will help families in crisis all over the world.”
Established in 1974 by President Richard Nixon, National Volunteer Week celebrates the impact and power of volunteerism. This year thousands of projects and special events will take place April 15-21.
Americares helps communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters, increase access to medicine and medical supplies, improve and expand clinical services, prevent disease and promote good health. The health-focused relief and development organization responds to an average of 30 natural disasters and humanitarian crises worldwide each year from earthquakes and cyclones to disease outbreaks and civil conflict.