Project 6 – Strengthening Our Communities

Project 6 - Strengthening Our Communities | Medtronic Diabetes, Between the Lines Blog

I am so proud of our employees’ generosity. While we support our communities throughout the year– fundraising and participating in walks for the JDRF and ADA, among other activities and organizations– this year, we had phenomenal participation in Project 6. Project 6 is Medtronic’s month-long global effort to support the sixth tenet of our Mission of being good corporate citizens. We share a commitment to philanthropy, and strive to build health, vibrant communities worldwide.

Employees gave their time, talent, and treasure to support the communities where they live and work.

This year, our Employee Resource Groups led the Project 6 charge at our Northridge headquarters with a marquee event, a two-day food-packaging event for Stop Hunger Now, an international organization geared at providing nutritious meals that are distributed during disaster relief efforts and to combat famine. The team began this effort two years ago, and have doubled the amount of food packed each year. This year’s event had an extremely bold goal: packing 100,000 meals over two days. The team engaged 523 employee volunteers – about 30% of employees in Northridge– to pack 100,008 meals over two days. To put this into perspective, the food packed – using approximately 650 man hours – will be sufficient to feed 463 hungry children for an entire year.

In addition:

  • Build-a-Blanket, benefiting Meet Each Need with Dignity (MEND), a poverty-relief agency, engaged 135 employees to make 1,245 blankets. And generosity is contagious. When the fabric vendor found out the blankets would be donated to a charity, he sold the fabric at cost, and cut the fabric to size, free of charge! Our employees embellished and folded the blankets.
  • Working Wardrobe Clothing Drive, benefiting the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission, collected hundreds of articles of clothing and accessories appropriate for a professional work environment. These items will be donated to individuals looking to return to work.
  • Eighty-one employees helped save lives by donating 59 units of blood in a blood drive benefiting University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

Employees in San Antonio held several onsite donation events, as well as three service events benefiting Haven for Hope, a non-profit organization that provides care to the homeless.

Efforts included:

  • A month-long drive that collected 350 pairs of gently-worn shoes and 50 pairs of new socks. The Children’s Shelter Drive collected hundreds of diapers, baby wipes, formula, new socks and undergarments. The Thrive Center Drive collected more than 70 wellness items including yoga mats, yoga DVDs, and personal hygiene products.
  • The Amazing Race Leadership Fundraiser raised $700.
  • The team assembled more than 320 care packages – which included socks, toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, bottled water, and snacks – and distributed them to the homeless community.
  • Three Haven for Hope service events engaged more than 234 employees (nearly 510 man-hours), and served more than 1,400 homeless people.

The passion, hard work, and dedication employees poured into our philanthropic efforts is proof of how we are putting our Mission in Motion and building a better community.

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