ANCILE Gives Thanks by Giving Back with #ancilecares Worldwide Volunteer Week

Throughout the year, ANCILE is strongly committed to charity involvement and giving back to our community. However, just as giving back is not limited to the holiday season, it is also not restricted to our corporate location in Maryland!

On November 9th, we launched the #ancilecares initiative, a week of volunteering opportunities for our employees all over the globe. There were several events planned by our corporate office, but all team members were empowered to get creative and discover ways to participate within their communities around the world.

We love doing our part to make the world a better place, so be on the lookout for the #ancilecares initiative in the future. Check out some of our employees’ stories and click the links below to learn more about the causes they supported and how you can help.

Vanessa Smith
Vanessa Smith

“I overcame my fear of needles today to give blood at my local Australian Red Cross for the first time.

“It is something I have always meant to do since learning 11 years ago that I have one of the more rare blood types but I have always found excuses not to go.

“The ANCILE Community Week initiative was the boost and allowed me the time I needed to make the appointment. Each blood donation can go on to help three people. The majority of donated blood goes to people with cancer, as well as people who have suffered traumatic accidents, burns or those undergoing surgery. Every week Australia needs over 27,000 blood donations to keep up with demand.”  Vanessa Smith

 

Alka Mital
Alka Mital

“I volunteered with the Howard County chapter of Project Linus. Project Linus provides handmade blankets and quilts to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort.  The blankets and quilts are made by adults and children from all walks of life and many sources. These are primarily provided to children via donations made to hospitals.  I started the previous week by putting together quilts at my quilt guild to donate to Project Linus. Yesterday at the Project Linus chapter meeting, I stitched labels, made fleece blankets, trimmed and fixed donated blankets and delivered the finished blankets to the Howard County General Hospital’s Emergency Pediatric Unit.”  Alka Mital

Takeshi Toyoda
Takeshi Toyoda

“For volunteer week, I have done blood donation for Japan Red Cross.

“I thought I couldn’t make it to do it because of JRC’s strict stance for BSE suspicion had not allowed me to do blood donation for around 18 years. In Japan JRC had rejected blood donation by anyone who has stayed in UK even one day during 1980 to 1996. However they recently reduced the regulation as the period is updated from one day to one month and I found that now I can do blood donation J If I didn’t have the ANCILE volunteer chance, I might not have been aware of this regulation changes, and would not pay attention to blood donation any longer, thanks.

“I feel being refreshed physically and mentally after the activity. Blood donation would be my periodical activity afterward.”  –Takeshi Toyoda

Mike Domingues, Maggie Hird, Tyler Garrison, Marianna Noll, Rhonda Morgan, Annie Nguyen
Mike Domingues, Maggie Hird, Tyler Garrison, Marianna Noll, Rhonda Morgan, Annie Nguyen

“Several of us (Annie Nguyen, Rhonda Morgan, Mike Domingues, Maggie Hird, Tyler Garrison) volunteered last week at the Howard County Food Bank. The Food Bank supports residents in need in Howard County through a central location and additional emergency food pantries. Donations come in from individuals, local stores, and the government, and the Food Bank also operates a community garden to provide fruits and vegetables. The ANCILE team sorted donations, checked expiration dates, cleaned produce bins, and stocked shelves. The Food Bank relies on volunteers each week for these types of tasks. This was a great way to give back to the local community – and to get a better understanding of the needs here in Howard County.” -Marianna Noll

Chris Nase, Brian Anderson
Chris Nase, Brian Anderson

“Brian Anderson and I volunteered on Friday at Books for Africa.  They are an organization that sends all types of books to Africa in hopes to end the book famine there”.  –Chris Nase

Dave Baca and Dave States
Dave Baca and Dave States

“Here are a few photos that captured some of the work that Dave (States) and I accomplished during our day of volunteering at Fountain Rock Park in Frederick County. We had lots of help from Dave’s youngest son, Ben, and Dave’s son-in-law’s brother, Will.” -Dave Baca

Tyrone Webb and Karla Strunk
Tyrone Webb and Karla Strunk

“I spent my morning volunteering at Paul’s Place with Tyrone, Paula, Jessica, Christina and Cory. It was a humbling and rewarding experience and I will definitely go back with my family.  In the afternoon I decided to go to the Red Cross in Howard County and donated blood for my very first time. This whole day has been amazing. Truly thankful for being a part of such a great and caring organization like ANCILE. Thank you to our HR Department for organizing such a great event. Very much appreciated.”    -Karla Strunk