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AbbVie will host its 8th annual “Week of Possibilities” employee volunteering program this month, rallying close to 15,000 employees globally to help support and uplift local communities.
“Week of Possibilities is an opportunity for us to bring together our employees around the world with essentially a single purpose, which is to give back to local communities through volunteering,” said Claudia Carravetta, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Global Philanthropy at AbbVie and President, AbbVie Foundation.
Week of Possibilities launched in 2014, with employees completing more than 200,000 service hours since its first volunteer program. The program is the company’s marquee initiative for AbbVie Gives Back, the AbbVie Foundation’s suite of employee engagement programs that focus on volunteering, giving and support.
While Week of Possibilities officially takes place June 26-30 this year, employees have already started engaging in activities during the initiative’s “pre-week,” providing the opportunity for even more AbbVie employees to participate in the program.
AbbVie collaborates with several community partners to make the greatest impact during Week of Possibilities. In the U.S., partners include Heart of America, North Chicago Community Partners, Bernie’s Book Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Northern Illinois Food Bank and Cradles to Crayons.
“We’ve worked with these nonprofits, which advance both education and community support, for a number of years. We partner with them in the planning of Week of Possibilities, working with them to really understand and listen to what our community partners and the communities that they serve need, and understand what are the most significant areas of needs that we can provide the greatest impact through our volunteer work,” Carravetta said.
Locally, AbbVie volunteers will engage in various projects. These include preparing schools for students to return in the fall, creating STEM-enriching activities for summer school students, sorting and distributing books and food in Lake County, and building two single-family homes for families in need. This effort marks the construction of the 10th home by AbbVie employees in North Chicago since the start of the Week of Possibilities.
Outside of the U.S., AbbVie partners with volunteers across more than 50 countries and territories through Points of Light, an international nonprofit with a large network of volunteer organizations led by local community leaders.
Volunteers with Points of light will help their local communities through projects such as restoring schools and community centers, cleaning up parks and beaches, sorting and distributing food and creating kits for students to prepare them to return to school.
“Giving back is core to who we are at AbbVie. It is part of our DNA to serve our communities. When we provide this opportunity to give back through Week of Possibilities, our employees are incredibly engaged and excited to do it,” Carravetta said. “It’s really the community partners and the need that they’ve outlined that inspires our volunteers to make the time to give back because they know that they can have a positive impact and that we’re working on initiatives that the community truly feels are important. And that’s really what inspires our workforce. It’s who we are.”