*The following article is part of a series of stories highlighting how Mallinckrodt employees gave back to their communities throughout October, as part of our Global Month of Service.
Babies Benefit from Mallinckrodt Volunteer Efforts during Global Month of Service
Two groups of Mallinckrodt employees spent time during the company’s annual global month of service supporting causes of low-income families with babies and toddlers. The volunteer effort was part of a month-long initiative where employees dedicate their time and energy to create positive change in local communities worldwide. This year, Mallinckrodt employees mobilized to volunteer nearly 3,000 hours, impacting hundreds of lives in the process.
Nurses for Newborns
Members from Mallinckrodt’s procurement team in Hazelwood, Mo., spent a day at Nurses for Newborns of Missouri, a 20-year-old nonprofit whose mission is to prevent emergency room visits for babies who are born into families that face difficult circumstances. The organization provides a variety of services to families and newborns tailored to their specific risk factors including poverty, depression, violence, education and medically fragile babies. The group of employees helped organize and assemble newborn essentials the program delivers to new families, in addition to dating baby food and cleaning toys and equipment.
“Hearing stories about the babies helped by Nurses for Newborns made the work we do every day at Mallinckrodt less abstract,” said Varry Henderson, Clinical Outsourcing Manager for Mallinckrodt. “Volunteering through Mallinckrodt is a wonderful way for the community to better understand what we do and that we care.”
St. Louis Diaper Bank
The In Vitro Biology Research and Development (R&D) team in Hazelwood also selected a cause impacting families with young children – The St. Louis Area Diaper Bank. With disposable diapers costing nearly $1,000 annually for a child, low-income families are often faced with the difficulty of choosing between purchasing diapers or spending money on other basic necessities, such as food, clothing, medicine or utilities.1 Research indicates that one in three families across the U.S. experiences diaper needs, with the highest prevalence in poverty-stricken areas.2 The St. Louis Area Diaper Bank has a unique operational framework in that it partners with a variety of local non-profit organizations so it can provide families both with diapers and access to additional valuable resources within the community.
The R&D team helped count, sort and wrap diapers to be distributed to the Diaper Bank’s community partners, and also prepared inspirational notes that were included with the packages. The Diaper Bank currently distributes more than one million diapers every year to families, but the need for diapers continues.
For more information about each organization, please visit:
- Nurses for Newborns – http://www.nursesfornewborns.org/
- St. Louis Area Diaper Bank: https://www.stldiaperbank.org/
To learn more about Mallinckrodt’s corporate responsibility efforts visit http://mallinckrodt.com/corporate-responsibility.
1,2 Source: https://www.stldiaperbank.org/