NORTHBROOK, Ill., Sept. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Employees from Astellas Pharma US, Inc. (Astellas Pharma US), the U.S. subsidiary of Tokyo-based Astellas Pharma Inc., will step away from their computers and conference calls to volunteer throughout Chicagoland as part of the company's fourth annual global Changing Tomorrow Day. They join thousands more Astellas employees who have completed similar health and environment focused projects throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In the Americas alone, nearly 2,300 employees are expected to participate in the annual day of service.
"Astellas has a strong culture of giving back to the communities where we work and live. Personally, I'm excited to be volunteering at Cove School, which serves children with learning disabilities, where we'll be creating an outdoor classroom, re-surfacing the playground and beautifying the school," said Collette Taylor, Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Corporate Administration. "Changing Tomorrow Day reenergizes our employees and connects them to the people we strive to serve every day."
Chicago Cares, a non-profit organization, helped identify worthwhile sites throughout Chicagoland where employees will be teaching kids about health and wellness, beautifying buildings and grounds, painting health inspired murals, and assembling hygiene kits for local veterans.
"We're delighted with our partnership with Astellas and commend their leadership and commitment to improving our communities through Changing Tomorrow Day," said Patty White, Vice President, Corporate Engagement Strategy & Development of Chicago Cares.
This year, Astellas also teamed up with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive and charitable donation drive in conjunction with the company's annual Changing Tomorrow
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