Each year, Faber organizes several “Days of Service,” during which employees (and sometimes their families) perform volunteer work for organizations chosen for their social impact. During 2016, these efforts supported Special Olympics’ athletic competition in Massachusetts, online geographic mapping for an anti-malarial campaign in Mozambique, and cleanup work at a historic park in Maine.
Since 2004, Faber has been the lead sponsor for Bio-Ball, providing both financing and volunteers to manage this day-long basketball tournament to raise funds for Special Olympics Massachusetts. Local biotech professionals and Special Olympians─ ranging from teenagers to 60-year-olds─form dual lineup teams that compete on individual skills and in a series of five-on-five games. The day’s activities culminate in a championship playoff, showcasing the talents and determination of individuals with intellectual disabilities. Throughout the year, teams from participating firms hold separate fundraisers that contribute to the event’s fundraising total. Read about the 2017 Bio-Ball here.
Many parts of the world are uncharted and that raises additional challenges for emergency responders when disaster strikes. On June 13, the entire Faber team participated in a map-a-thon sponsored by the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOTOSM), an organization that works closely with leading emergency response organizations like Doctors Without Borders / Medicins Sans Frontiers. HOTOSM volunteers use online tools and satellite imagery to create maps that enable rescue workers to reach these remote locations quickly and do their job. To date, the group has developed location details for 7.5 million people.
Faber employees from across the US, Switzerland and the UK spent several hours mapping parts of Mozambique for a malaria elimination project. Homes, roads and rivers were pinpointed in order to direct spraying efforts. By day’s end, 70 percent of the project had been completed.
This was the first time that Faber had participated in this project, but a number of employees now consider themselves “cyber mapping converts” and have continued to work with HOTOSM on their own.
Fort Williams Park
On September 25, 30 Faber staffers and family members traveled to Cape Elizabeth, Maine, to help with yearend maintenance at Fort Williams Park, a 90-acre preserve alongside Casco Bay. They weeded, mulched and cleared invasive plants, but also found time to appreciate the park’s dramatic seaside cliffs and historic fort. Next door was the most photographed lighthouse in the nation, The Portland Head Light.
Faber encourages employees to take an active role in determining the focus of the firm’s Service Days and to select organizations operating in the communities in which they live.
Bio-Ball is a one day basketball tournament involving 16 local biotech and pharma companies and 16 Special Olympics basketball teams.
When major disaster strikes anywhere in the world, HOT rallies a huge network of volunteers to create, online, the maps that enable responders to reach those in need.
Cape Elizabeth is the home of Portland Head Light. Situated along the spectacular shores of Fort Williams Park, at 1000 Shore Road, the popular landmark is owned and managed by the Town of Cape Elizabeth, Maine. The Park is open year round from sunrise to sunset.