IDEX Health & Science Gives Back to the Community in 2020IDEX Health & Science

    How We Connected with the Local Community in 2020

    Every year we enjoy volunteering and donating to a variety of local non-profit organizations. We strive to create a positive impact by working with local groups such as food banks, youth programs, and environmental organizations to inspire success and provide a brighter future. The coronavirus pandemic may have encouraged a new socially distant life in 2020, but, we have continued to support the following organizations working from home or from 6 feet away.

    But first, learn how we are helping in the fight against COVID-19

    Redwood Empire Food Bank Donation
    Thanks to the IDEX Foundation, our facilities in the US were able to donate a total of $76,000 to the following local food banks.

    Boys and Girls Club of Rochester Learn Virtually

    COVID-19 has affected minority populations greater than other demographics. Typically, lower income families work in frontline jobs that cannot be done remotely. Therefore, when the Rochester, NY city school district switched to 100% virtual learning, parents in these frontline jobs were struggling to juggle work and care for their children. Schools also provided a meal for kids who otherwise would not have food available at home. Going virtual keeps everyone safe, but, it also has created challenges for families with lower incomes.

    Recently, we researched local demographics and household income levels in New York State versus Rochester, NY. In New York State, 17.6% of the population is Black and 19.3% of the population is Latinx. In comparison, the city of Rochester is made up of 40.3% Black and 18.3% Latinx people. In New York State, 13% of the population experiences poverty. In comparison, the city of Rochester experiences 2.5 times the poverty rate of New York State at 32.6% and 56.4% of children face poverty.

    The Boys & Girls Clubs of Rochester has a club membership of nearly 1500 young people ages 6 to 18. 98% of their membership is of African American descent. 67% of their club members reside in single parent households while 91% qualify for free lunch programs. While anyone residing in Monroe County can become a member of the Club, the majority of club members reside within the poorest parts of the city of Rochester called “The Crescent.” It represents the “C” that surrounds the City of Rochester where all the poverty in Rochester resides.

    We discovered a way we could help! Our Site Coordinator partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rochester to understand their needs. There top needs included tutors to moderate kids taking online classes, additional shields to keep the kids safe in the computer labs, and more meals. We then coordinated with IDEX foundation to able to provide a $22,800 donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of Rochester. This donation will cover the costs of 1 tutor for 9 months, additional space barriers for the STEM classrooms, and breakfast for 50 kids for 9 months.

    By providing these funds we are allowing parents to focus on needed income, while their kids have a safe place to continue learning virtually, and be fed breakfast in addition to lunch. Thank you to Boys & Girls Clubs of Rochester for continuing to provide a fun, safe environment where kids can be who they are – and become who they are meant to be.

    Rochester Childfirst Network Board Member
    Stephanie Snow, our Content and Digital Marketing Manager, is proud to be on the Board of Directors for Rochester Childfirst Network. She enjoys leading United Way Day of Caring events to renovate the location, loves reading to the youth, and is helping develop marketing initiatives. In the last 2 years she has raised donation dollars for a new outdoor classroom, a playground and renovations to their garden area for classroom activities. Stephanie loves helping this non-profit in their mission to advance the quality of early education and care in Western New York, through leadership, advocacy, and innovative direct services to children. Learn more about Rochester Childfirst Network.

    Laura A. Martins 2020 Scholarship Winners

    Prior to the construction of Middletown High School, the town utilized five one-room schoolhouse buildings: Wyatt (1700’s), Peabody (1794), Oliphant (1823), Paradise (1875), and Witherbee (1892). Each were an integral part of the Middletown school system, with Paradise and Witherbee remaining as historic sites in Middletown. They represent a bygone era of learning when schools had no electricity, bathrooms, or effective heating system. During this time, a teacher would have the responsibility of teaching all subjects to several grades of students within the schoolhouse.

    One of our sales representative’s great Aunt, Laura A. Martins, was a first generation American. Laura taught in two of these one-room schoolhouses in Middletown from 1917 to 1943, then continued to teach in the Newport school systems for 10 more years. In memory of this remarkable teacher, each year $2,000 is awarded from our IDEX Foundation to a student from Middletown High School with aspirations to be a teacher. This year, the scholarship was awarded to two winners, Andrew and Ashanti. Andrew will study Education for Mathematics at SUNY Albany and Ashanti will study Elementary Education at New England College. Congratulations!

    On the Board of Directors for Boys & Girls Club
    Prashant Prabhat, our Product Manager for Imaging, is proud to join the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester. He enjoys leading yearly STEM events to teach youth about the Life Sciences and supporting the club’s mission to inspire and enable young people of all backgrounds to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. Learn more about the Boys & Girls Club.

    Summit Assistance Dogs in Oak Harbor, WA

    Before the pandemic hit in the United States, we were able to participate in a few in person events. Our Strategic Sourcing team volunteered with the Summit Assistance Dog program in Oak Harbor, Washington during their quarterly meeting. The team’s assignment was to assemble 10 “snuffle mats” for dogs in the organization. Made from strands of fabric attached to a strong backing, snuffle mats are typically used to encourage slower eating habits. Used as a calming tool, they also teach dogs how to find items and keep dogs’ brains engaged and healthy.

    Summit Assistance Dogs is an organization providing highly-skilled mobility-assistance dogs for people living with disabilities in Washington. The organization creates life-changing partnerships for people living with disabilities, gives them increased independence, and renewed confidence. Learn more about Summit Assistance Dogs.

    GRASP Pet Rescue Donations

    Around Valentine’s Day, we hosted a bake sale at our Rochester, NY office to raise money and collect donations for a local pet rescue, GRASP. We raised $750 and filled 2 large bins with pet food, toys, blankets, and other pet supplies.

    Central Texas Food Bank Volunteer Activity

    Our Global Commercial team volunteered to create donation boxes of food at the Central Texas Food Bank in Austin during our annual meeting. During the 2-hour volunteer activity, we were split into sub-teams to inspect, clean, sort, and box food donations for distribution to partner agencies and the families they serve.

    Through teamwork and great training from the team at Central Texas Food Bank, we were able to prepare 1.5 tons of food and non-food items including napkins, paper towels, paper plates, coloring books for children and more! In addition, the IDEX foundation donated $5,000 to Central Texas Food Bank which will provide nearly 20,000 meals. Overall, the team was able to provide 23,375 meals for Central Texans in need.

    Check out the video we made of this volunteer event.

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