By Jeff Malachowski
Daily News Staff
MARLBOROUGH – Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Thursday kicked off the fifth year of its annual community service program Hands On! by pitching in at several local human service organizations.
Since the inception of the program in 2012, Sunovion employees have volunteered more than 20,000 hours to support youth organizations and community service efforts around the company’s headquarters in Marlborough and its office in Fort Lee, New Jersey.
On Thursday, 321 Sunovion employees supported 19 projects at local human service organizations, including the Marlborough Housing Authority, the Marlborough Community Cupboard, Milford Youth Center and Hudson Parks and Recreation. Employees also lent a hand at Baypath Human Society and MetroWest YMCA in Hopkinton, Read to Read in Framingham and Marlborough, Pearl Street Cupboard and Café in Framingham and Yankee Golden Retriever in Hudson.
“Sunovion has a commitment to work with partners to support the local, regional and global community as part of our overall corporate social responsibility efforts,” said Nobuhiko Tamua, chairman and chief executive officer. “This year, we are celebrating our ongoing collaboration with the United Way of Tri-County in Massachusetts and Volunteer Center of Bergen County in New Jersey to continue to help with meaningful ways to build stronger communities where our employees live and work.”
Sunovion was honored with the United Way of Tri-County’s 2016 Corporate Responsibility Award for Hands On! and other contributions that have helped build stronger communities.
“Sunovion employees have a collective commitment to give back, make a difference together and improve lives,” said Wendy Scoppa, Sunovion senior manager of community relations. “Our employees are passionate about making a positive impact, including through their volunteer work during our Hands On! program.”