IDEX Health & Science Community Impact in 2021 and BeyondIDEX Health & Science

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    We are passionate about positively impacting our local communities. Our passion defines who we are as a company, and our employees and leadership exhibit this passion each and every day. We take pride in our commitment to helping the communities in which we operate to thrive.

    In 2021 our sites participated in the following volunteer and donation activities:

    2021 holiday drives by IDEX Health & Science

    At the end of 2021, our Oak Harbor, WA facility collected and helped distribute over 276 baskets of food, feeding 1,138 residents through North Whidbey Help House. In total, our team has contributed over 130 hours of volunteer time at this non-profit accounting for more than 50% of all volunteer hours at North Whidbey Help House to date.

    Our team at Rohnert Park, CA partnered with the Sonoma County Volunteer Center to fulfill Christmas wishes from a “Wish tree.” Members of the volunteer center wrote their wishes on “hearts,” and IH&S team members chose which gifts they wanted to help purchase. Every wish was fulfilled, with 61 gifts distributed to the Sonoma County Volunteer Center. Additionally, the team hosted a food drive for the Redwood Empire Food Bank, and employees filled multiple barrels with 420 pounds of food. In collaboration with the IDEX Foundation, team members donated $5,000.

    Our team at Middleboro, MA, partnered with “My Brother’s Keeper” to help deliver more than 70 holiday gifts for six families. Additionally, the team purchased more than 100 holiday cards to include hand-written notes for members of the organization.

    Toys for Tots Donations 2021

    In December, we partnered with and donated $5K from our IDEX Foundation to The Kade Project. This non-profit works with charities such as Toys for Tots and provides support to families in the Honeoye Falls and Mendon, NY communities. This year we worked with The Kade Project to donate new toys for youth who receive gifts from Toys for Tots. Learn more about this local non-profit.

    St Vincent De Paul Mission of Bristol raffle donation

    In Bristol, CT the St. Vincent De Paul Mission of Bristol was experiencing a high demand for hoodies and undergarments for residents staying at their mission. Our team in Bristol worked together to collect these items, as well as, other winter apparel for the homeless. During Bristol’s holiday celebration, they also hosted a raffle with 7 baskets worth a minimum of $250 each. Raffle ticket sales totaled $1,285 and an additional $135 was made in monetary donations. Furthermore, the IDEX Foundation donated $7,500 to help upgrade the mission’s computer software that they utilize in order to help protect the privacy of their clients. St. Vincent De Paul Mission of Bristol provides shelter for the homeless. Their clients are provided with a safe environment, food, clothing, case management, and more.

    IDEX Health & Science and Boys & Girls Clubs of America logo

    For the 2021-2022 school year, we partnered with our IDEX Foundation to donate $29.9K to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rochester. This donation supports their educational programs with new equipment, software, supplies, additional staff, field trips, and the opportunity for a weekly STEM class with one of our engineers at our Rochester, NY facility. We have taught the youth about a variety of topics including airplanes, the job responsibilities of an engineer, introduction to CAD, and much more. Learn more about our Weekly STEM Classes for Local Boys & Girls Club.

    Similarly, a few engineers from our Carlsbad facility have received a $15K donation from our IDEX Foundation to host STEM classes for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad next year. Stay tuned for more details about this new STEM program.

    Food drive at First Presbyterian Church in Oceanside, CA

    At the end of November, we distributed food for the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. We hosted a drive-thru event at First Presbyterian Church in Oceanside, CA. Our Carlsbad team and a few family members bagged and placed groceries in the cars that stopped by. We also supported the San Diego Food Bank with a $5K donation from our IDEX Foundation.

    2021 Thanksgiving Appeal

    The Small Business Council in Rochester, NY provides more than 3,000 families with food boxes so they can celebrate a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner with their families. This year, our team donated and built 25 boxes of food. We also partnered with our IDEX Foundation to donate $5K to Open Door Mission.

    IDEX Health & Science Team Wears Purple for Domestic Violence Awareness

    October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Family and domestic violence is a common problem in the United States, affecting an estimated 10 million people every year. As many as one in four women and one in nine men are victims of domestic violence. This includes emotional, verbal, financial, and physical abuse. To bring awareness to this common challenge in our community, our Life Science Optics team in Rochester, New York wore purple for a day for individuals and their families impacted by domestic violence. They also hosted a donation drive to collect clothing and personal care items for Willow Domestic Violence Center. Learn more about this non profit’s vision to create a community free of domestic violence: www.willowcenterny.org

    donations for Willow Domestic Violence Center

    Donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma California

    Our Rohnert Park site partnered with the IDEX Foundation to donate $10K to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma-Marin. This local non profit develops unique programs to ensure kids will grow up to achieve academic success, choose healthy lifestyles, develop good character, and express themselves creatively. In addition, they serve over 500,000 meals annually to ensure the most basic needs of the youth of our community are met. Learn more about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma-Marin

    Drive In for Relay for Life of North Puget Sound

    This year the main event for Relay for Life in North Puget Sound, Washington looked a little different. Instead of the usual walking event at the local high school, we hosted a movie night at a drive-in. 125 cars joined us for the movie and 542 luminaria bags were purchased in memory of or to support loved ones fighting cancer. We could not have asked for better weather or a better turnout to support this year’s mission to raise money for cancer research, recognize our survivors, and remember all those who have heard the words: “You have cancer”. Our team’s goal was to raise $5,000, and as of mid-September, we have raised $7,369 and will continue to fundraise till the end of 2021.

    Join us in the fight against cancer by donating today.

    IDEX Health & Science Facilities build backpacks for local schools

    Four of our facilities recently hosted “Build A Backpack” service events to gather school supplies for children in the community. Supplies included backpacks, pencils, folders, notebooks, and a hand-written inspirational note. Led by I-AMP summer interns, our Middleboro team prepared a total of 80 backpacks for School on Wheels.

    “The bags were of outstanding quality and durability, and we do not often see fully prepared backpacks come to our community room,” said Barbara Fox, Community Outreach Director for School on Wheels.

    Our Life Science Optics team secured a $12.5K donation from our IDEX Foundation to work with the Kids in Need Foundation to build a total of 500 backpacks for the Roberto Clemente School No. 8 in Rochester, New York and Vallecitos Elementary in San Diego, California. We also inspired another IDEX business unit, Pulsafeeder, to donate 200 bags to School #21 in Rochester through the IDEX Foundation.

    IDEX Health & Science Oak Harbor Team Volunteer with Summit Assistance Dogs Collage

    Our team in Oak Harbor, Washington, continues to volunteer with Summit Assistance Dogs. A combination of engineers, technicians, and continuous improvement staff recently designed and built a new picnic table with benches and repaired an electric wheelchair for a Summit Assistance program member. The special project team is also in the process of building another picnic table with benches, to ensure visitors with disabilities can sit comfortably at the facility. At the end of July, we partnered with our IDEX Foundation to donate $5,000 to this organization.

    Learn more about our volunteer efforts with Summit Assistance Dogs.

    Caleb, Laura A. Martins 2021 Scholarship Winner

    In memory of a remarkable teacher, Laura A. Martins, our IDEX Foundation awards $2,000 to a student from Middletown High School each year who aspires to be a teacher. This year the award goes to Caleb. Caleb will attend the University of Maine this fall to focus on a degree in athletic training for professional athletes. Congratulations!

    Learn more about our annual scholarship and check out winners from other years.

    IDEX Health & Science participates in United Way Day of Caring

    We enjoyed volunteering at Rochester Childfirst Network to help out with spring cleanup for the annual United Way of Greater Rochester Day of Caring. We spent the day raking leaves, picking up sticks, and pulling weeds in their 4+ acres of beautiful outdoor play spaces. We also partnered with the IDEX Foundation to donate $7,500 to this organization.

    IDEX Health & Science participates in United Way Day of Caring

    We supported Science Club for Girls with a $5K donation from our IDEX Foundation. This non-profit provides free academic programming in STEM to girls in grades K-12 from underrepresented communities. 75% of participants and 65% of mentors come from communities underrepresented in STEM by race and/or socioeconomic factors.

    diaper donations for Mt. Hope Family Center

    In celebration of International Women’s Day, we collected 1,218 diapers, 28 wipes, multiple kids books, and more for the Building Healthy Children program at Mt. Hope Family Center. We also partnered with the IDEX Foundation to donate $5,000 to this organization.

    The Building Healthy Children program at Mt. Hope Family Center helps young mothers succeed by providing tools to create healthy families.

    preparing food bank donations
    Thanks to the IDEX Foundation, our facilities in the US were able to donate a total of $50,000 to the following local food banks.

    glove and sock donations for Saint Joseph's House of Hospitality

    In February, we donated 352 pairs of socks, 81 pairs gloves, and 7 knit hats to the Saint Joe’s House of Hospitality. We also partnered with the IDEX Foundation to donate $5,000 to this organization. Saint Joe’s House of Hospitality provides food, clothing, and shelter to its guests in the community.

    Learn more about our volunteer and donation efforts in our Community Engagement blog.

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