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 the past two years, these efforts supported Special Olympics’ athletic competitions in Massachusetts, building clean water filters for families in Puerto Rico who were disrupted by Hurricane Maria, online geographic mapping for an anti-malarial campaign in Mozambique, and cleanup work at a historic park in Maine.
Eleven Faber staff, family and friends worked hard recently worked hard recently, donating their time and efforts to Gaining Ground, an organization that grows organic produce and distributes it for hunger relief throughout Greater Boston and Eastern Massachusetts. Volunteers perform almost 70% of the work required to manage the farm’s 20 acres of land. The organization receives help from more than 3,000 people every growing season, including people of all ages and abilities. “We believe that everyone has something to contribute,” states the organization’s website, “from planting beans in the ground, to tying flowers and herbs into bouquets for drying, to chopping wood for sugaring and harvesting cherry tomatoes.” Faber volunteers were elbow-deep, harvesting about 1200 pounds of sweet potatoes, one of the farm’s staples in its efforts to alleviate hunger. Gaining Ground’s produce goes straight from the farm to homeless shelters, food pantries, and various local meal programs. To learn more about volunteer opportunities with Gaining Ground, visit https://gainingground.org/support-us/.
Wine to Water
In October 2017, Faber staff and family members worked together to create much-needed water filters for communities in Puerto Rico devastated by Hurricane Maria. Wine To Water is an extraordinary not-for-profit organization, established in 2007, committed to alleviating the world’s clean water crisis. One way the organization meets this goal is through the assembly and distribution of safe, low-cost water filters to individuals in hard to reach locations without reasonable access to clean (potable) water. For their day of service, Faber staffers participated in a Wine To Water Filter Build, where they successfully assembled 100 water filters. It was a family affair, with children as young as 4 years old joining in on this important effort. The constructed filters were then distributed to families in Puerto Rico who were impacted by the devastating hurricane.
This was Faber’s first time assisting with Wine To Water, but the experience has sparked a heartwarming chain reaction. Several of the younger participants have expressed interest in bringing Wine to Water Filter Builds to their campuses and communities.
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. See the 2018 Bio-Ball here.
Many parts of the world are uncharted and that raises additional challenges for emergency responders when disaster strikes. In June 2016 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
In September 2016 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.
Gaining Ground, a non-profit organic farm in Concord, Massachusetts, grows vegetables and fruit with the help of several thousand community volunteers and donates all of this fresh food to area meal programs and food pantries.
Wine To Water uses a special filter to help families get clean water in hard to reach areas, like refugee camps and natural disasters. The filters are easy to put together in ten steps, create a challenging team-building experience and give you a direct hand in getting clean water to families around the globe
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.