More than 100 employees from Perrigo Company plc’s Global Finance team in Michigan left their desks behind and rolled up their sleeves to join residents and employees from Benjamin’s Hope for a full day of work at the non-profit’s Holland campus.
Wearing special “Perrigo Impact Day” t-shirts, the Perrigo employees worked side-by-side with Benjamin’s Hope residents on gardening, weeding, painting and cleaning. All of the work was designed to help spruce up the Benjamin’s Hope farmstead community.
“Our Finance team wanted to spend a day giving back to the community and we know that many hands make light work,” said Ron Winowiecki, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Perrigo. “We are pleased that we could accomplish that goal while helping support the unique and important work that takes place at Benjamin’s Hope.”
Benjamin’s Hope is a “live, work, play, worship” community designed to address the multifaceted needs of adult individuals and families affected by autism and other intellectual and developmental differences. Benjamin’s Hope was founded in 2007 and provides around-the-clock residential care for approximately 30 men and women.
“We are so thankful to Perrigo for coming out today and for their continued support over the years,” said Krista Mason, Executive Director, Benjamin’s Hope. “Not only is the work they accomplished of great value, but by doing it alongside our residents, the Perrigo team created some great memories for our residents and, we hope, themselves.”
This was the first “Perrigo Impact Day” and the organizer says they hope to make it a tradition for years to come.
“Starting a volunteer day program was a natural step since Perrigo and our team value and embrace giving back and being a positive force in our local communities,” said Sarah Hudson, Perrigo Director Global Financial Planning and Analysis.
The Perrigo Company and the Perrigo Charitable Foundation have supported Benjamin’s Hope in a variety of ways through the years, from teaming up with the Grand Rapid Drive for an afternoon of fun to providing funding for the organization’s Food & Nutrition Initiative. In 2015, the Perrigo Foundation donated funds to Benjamin’s Hope to assist with the construction of a community center and the development of education resources.