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Driven By Community

Month of Giving campaign encourages service at biotechnology leader.

CSL Behring employees work at the Ronald McDonald House during Month of Service
Melanie Forman (left) and Shital Patel were among the employees from CSL Behring who participated in the company’s annual month of service initiative by preparing “grab-and-go” breakfasts for families staying at the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House. This volunteer opportunity was one of several that employees at the company’s King of Prussia offices participated in this year.

How did several employees from biotechnology leader CSL Behring choose to spend a day during the rare disease company’s annual month of service?

Delma Broussard, Director, Clinical Safety Physician, helped to prepare 100 hot meals for Aid for Friends, a nonprofit organization that provides meals as well as friendship to people who are homebound in the Philadelphia region.

“Annually, Aids for Friends delivers over 300,000 dinners and 42,000 breakfast bags to 1,700 people,” Broussard said. She noted that the weather was extremely cold on the morning she volunteered. “Knowing that enduring the extreme temperatures for such a short period of time did not compare to those without food, or shelter, was additional motivation for my participation. It felt really good to give back to the community.” 

Diane McCabe, Senior Human Resources Business Partner, spent the day volunteering with Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown, Pennsylvania. “When I can, I am a regular volunteer, helping to educate the public on our animals, especially those that are at risk of extinction,” McCabe said. For her service project, she visited a retirement community and helped educate some curious senior citizens on several favorite animals, including Chester, a Velveteen Lop rabbit, and Salli, a pink-crested Moluccan cockatoo.

Other employees volunteered with animals at local animal shelters, including eight members of CSL Behring’s Global Insights and Analytics team, who spent a morning with La Mancha Animal Rescue in Coatesville, Pennsylvania.

At the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, which CSL Behring supports regularly, about a dozen employees spent time preparing “grab-and-go” meals for families staying there. Judy Fitzgerald, a Business Data Analyst, was among the volunteers. “I love that we support the Ronald McDonald House and that CSL Behring gives us an opportunity to give back through this wonderful organization,” she said. 

Though the “Month of Service” campaign is finished for 2019, community service opportunities will continue for King of Prussia employees throughout the year. Employees are currently planning a project in support of early childhood literacy, in partnership with the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.