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Boston Scientific celebrates season of giving across the year


The months of November and December, with all of their holidays and celebrations, have become known around the world as the season of giving.

Giving back is, however, a year-round priority at Boston Scientific. Employees are empowered to donate their time, talent, and resources to address the most pressing needs in three areas, with assistance from the company's Global Community Engagement team: health, education, and community support. Boston Scientific employees volunteered in more than 50 countries in 2021 alone.

Consider four recent initiatives from around the world that demonstrate a long-held Boston Scientific belief: transforming the world begins with one community at a time.

Boston Scientific employees in Massachusetts and Rhode Island were invited to participate in Fit for a Cause, a six-week fitness challenge, in January 2022. Participants signed up for one of three teams, each led by two company employees.

Teams earned points by participating in activities such as cardio and strength training sessions, eating a new fruit or vegetable, and learning more about mindfulness and mental health. What is the prize for accumulating the most points? A local organization's facilities are being renovated.

In the end, the big winner was Girls Inc. of Worcester.

Employees who took part, on the other hand, benefited as well. "I agreed to be a co-leader of the Girls Inc. team because it's something I don't normally do—I'm a 'background' type of person who wanted to challenge herself," says Manuela Capodanno, grant coordinator, medical affairs, Urology and Pelvic Health. She eventually decided that the risk was worth the reward: a new outdoor multi-purpose area to promote wellness and STEM and arts education programmes.

Project Niramayah
While the COVID pandemic affected the entire country, rural India fared particularly poorly due to a lack of medical infrastructure and facilities. That is why the non-profit organisation SEWA International launched Project Niramayah, a healthcare initiative supported by partners such as Boston Scientific that aimed to raise awareness about COVID prevention, detection, and treatment in four states across the country: Delhi, Haryana, Maharashtra, and Uttar Pradesh.

Finally, SEWA's operation partners and volunteers were able to distribute COVID care kits to 3000 villages, which included prevention equipment and a guide on detecting COVID early, as well as other basic amenities.

“We at Boston Scientific are privileged to partner with Project Niramayah in India, where we got an opportunity to contribute to a noble cause and serve the community,” said Manoj Madhavan, managing director, Boston Scientific in India.

“We hope to continue our association and stand with SEWA International in their mission to serve humanity in need.”

Herradura Beach is a popular and beautiful destination in Costa Rica, but it is not easily accessible to residents and tourists with limited mobility.

Employees from Boston Scientific's Leadership, Education, and Allies for Disabilities (LEAD) employee resource group in Costa Rica decided to collaborate with the country's Adapted Surf National team to make the beach more inclusive.

As part of the beach renovation, more than 160 volunteers collected trash, painted public spaces, and planted more than 50 trees. Boston Scientific also contributed funds to purchase two amphibian chairs (which allow people with limited mobility to enter the water) and accessible ramps (which were constructed mostly from recycled plastic collected at the Heredia and Coyol company sites in Costa Rica).

"We knew that our actions would transform Herradura Beach; however, our participation in this activity transformed our employees and ignited our passion to continue advancing possibilities in our communities," said Gloria León, LEAD leader.

Employees in Singapore volunteered for 20 hours in support of seven local organisations as part of Boston Scientific's annual Week of Caring in June.

One of these organisations is the Red Cross Home, which houses over 100 adults and children with multiple disabilities who are unable to care for themselves. Boston Scientific employees attempted to bring them joy and comfort by spending an afternoon baking cookies, madeleines, and banana bread and writing supportive notes.

Other Week of Caring activities in Singapore included cooking at the Willing Hearts Food Kitchen, which serves meals to those in need, and refurbishing IT equipment for organizations such as Beyond Social Services, Pertapis Children's Home, and Ramakrishna Mission Boys' Home.

“With COVID restrictions relaxed this year, making time to celebrate our global Week of Caring was featured high on the list for all of us in Singapore,” said Cynthia Chia, office manager, APAC. “We got our families involved and were happy to actively give back to the communities around us in person.”