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People die every day in residential home fires. With the support of Astellas USA Foundation, the American Red Cross is canvasing neighborhoods by installing smoke detectors and educating about fire prevention. This effort is part of a nationwide Red Cross campaign to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent by 2020.

Continuing its eight-year support of the Red Cross, in 2016 and 2017 combined, Astellas USA Foundation donated funds to purchase 46,000 smoke alarms helping 18,400 families be more prepared for fires.

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Astellas USA Foundation partners with Americares to support medical care for uninsured and underinsured patients all across the United States. With Astellas USA Foundation's support, Americares provides medicine, medical supplies and technical support to safety net health facilities serving more than five million patients in need. More than 800 free clinics and health centers nationwide benefit from the program which helps to increase capacity, provide comprehensive care, improve health outcomes and reduce costs for patients.

To learn more, visit www.americares.org.

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Each year, the Assistance League of Norman, Oklahoma, provides clothing for area school children in need. During the past four years, 742 children and teens have been helped thanks to Astellas USA Foundation’s support. Supplying school clothing to this target population eliminates one portion of the burden of survival for families struggling economically. Children properly dressed can focus their attention on learning and are more likely to attend school regularly.

To learn more, visit www.assistanceleaguenorman.org.

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Astellas USA Foundation is providing funds to Boys Town to help them promote positive mental health and raise awareness about teen suicide warning signs and prevention. Thanks to a grant from Astellas USA Foundation, the Boys Town National Hotline® and its Your Life, Your Voice website are connecting teens from across the country by phone, online messaging and mobile texting to highly trained Crisis Counselors who can help them conquer challenges like depression, anxiety and bullying. Boys Town Crisis Counselors receive more than 180,000 calls and messages each year – about 500 per day – from teens and parents.

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Astellas USA Foundation provided funds to BrazilFoundation so that they could—in partnership with Instituto Esporte e Educação (IEE)—work to expand sport and physical activity throughout Brazil. The funds provided training to nearly 700 public school teachers at 10 workshops to teach physical education and sports programs.

Additionally, the grant helped make sports practices more accessible in the squares, parks and streets of São Paulo, increasing awareness among 518 adults from area businesses about the importance of physical activity to overall health.

To learn more, visit www.brazilfoundation.org.


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The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) provides community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure blind Canadians have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life. Astellas USA Foundation provided a grant to initiate the development of a new online, peer support community. Peer support offers the vision loss community a place to share, learn and build friendships, while gaining advice specific to their sight loss challenges and will soon be available right from their home computers.

To learn more, visit www.cnib.ca.

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The Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute (CGTI) aims to empower youth leaders to educate their peers about reducing substance use. Middle and high school students throughout Illinois attend a five-day training workshop that offers opportunities to learn about leadership, healthy choices and working with others. Astellas USA Foundation provided a grant to help 14 youth to attend the workshop and fund an event speaker and two workshop speakers.

Workshop volunteers facilitate discussion groups, community action teams, assist with overall coordination and supervise participants.

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The Chicago Botanic Garden opened more than 40 years ago, and has matured into one of the world's great living museums and conservation science centers. Astellas USA Foundation provided funds to the CBG to help support the new Education Center on its Regenstein Foundation Learning Campus through the donation of a light-filled Atrium. The Atrium provides a unique view of science through nature.

Volunteers assist with education programs, horticulture, living plant documentation, research, visitor services, offsite urban agriculture programs and special events.

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Astellas USA Foundation helps fund Chicago Zoological Society's King Conservation Science Scholars program. This program affords 255 Chicago-area high school students the opportunity to learn what it takes to become the next generation of scientifically literate, college and career-ready students.

Volunteers can also serve as mentors and judges during CSZ’s Science Fairs, helping students expand their scientific creativity and ability. Judges can discuss, explain and walk through each of the students’ projects.

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Astellas USA Foundation funds the Children’s Place Association to help them provide critical assistance to children and their families in four key areas: health, education, family stability and financial stability.

Volunteers can offer support in three different areas. They can help set up, break down and run events; join one of several committees that help fundraise and procure auction items for initiatives and events; or participate in CPA’s Annual Volunteer Day of Service during Summer 2018.

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The Cove School provides a nurturing environment for more than 150 K-12 students with learning disabilities from over 50 school districts throughout the Chicago metropolitan and Milwaukee. Astellas USA Foundation provided a grant to fund the creation of a new model program for STEAM education specific for students with learning disabilities at Cove.

Volunteers can support Cove as a group by helping elementary students with reading projects or joining Cove for outdoor clean up projects in the summer. Volunteers can individually support Cove’s annual 5K, Annual Benefit, and Hour of Code, or participate in career day and job training activities.

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The Crossroads Community Outreach Foundation (CCOF) developed P.S. Science, a hands-on science program to support more than 750 students attending underserved elementary school students in Title I schools. Astellas USA Foundation provides funding to this extensive program that comprises a sequential, skill-building, activities-based curriculum aligned with Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). PS. Science provides the curriculum, materials and training necessary for site teachers to sustain the classroom program after approximately three years of working with a trained elementary science educator.

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The Danny Did Foundation aims to increase awareness of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP). With the support of Astellas USA Foundation, Danny Did Foundation conducted a 2016 Epilepsy Awareness Campaign to help increase awareness of SUDEP. Funding from the Foundation also enabled Danny Did Foundation to purchase a print advertisement focused on awareness and education during November 2016 - Epilepsy Awareness Month.

Volunteers can support Danny Did Foundation through a number of options, such as volunteering at events, hosting their own events, and promoting #TeamDannyDid.

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In partnership with GrowingGreat and Para Los Niños, Astellas USA Foundation funded “From Bean Seeds to Frijoles: STEM Learning Begins” — a program to bring STEM to life in school gardens and teach urban gardening skills to 1,400 inner-city Los Angeles first graders, siblings and families.

GrowingGreat empowers children to grow up healthy through science-based garden and nutrition education by providing STEM experiences to inspire grades PreK-12 to become scientists, engineers, farmers and chefs. Para Los Niños' mission is to help children and their families succeed in school and in life.

Learn more at www.growinggreat.org.

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Astellas USA Foundation provides funds to Have Dreams so they can help individuals with autism improve their abilities to learn, function independently and socialize so they may realize their full potential and develop into contributing members of their communities.

Volunteers can assist with Have Dreams’ fundraising special events, such as the annual spring fundraiser, and or any special events arranged for their participants. Volunteer opportunities with Team Have Dreams events may also be available, which could include races or fitness events.

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Astellas USA Foundation supports the Science Sleuths program at Kohl Children’s Museum in Glenview, Illinois. The Museum is seeking volunteers to assist with exhibits.

Volunteers can support the Adventures in Art Exhibit by helping staff encourage guests to enjoy hands-on activities in the Art studio, and help reset and clean-up stations. Volunteers can also join Exhibit Experience Opportunities and rotate among various exhibits, enjoying the flexibility of interacting with Museum guests. Activities including helping with the art exhibit, reading books to children or playing games in the outdoor adventure exhibit.

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Miracle Flights, through its Flights for Kids program, assists economically disadvantaged families with seriously ill children in need of distant medical treatment not available in their home area. In 2016, Astellas USA Foundation provided funds for 72 flights to transport children with rare medical disorders to top medical facilities across the county to help accurately diagnose, treat and receive valuable second opinions. The Foundation is thrilled to continue its support of Miracle Flights this year by providing funds for approximately 67 flights in 2017 for children and their families.

To learn more, visit www.miracleflights.org.

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As the largest science museum in the country, the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago is always in need of enthusiastic STEM professionals to volunteer in a number of ways. Astellas USA Foundation is proud to partner with the museum in providing hands-on science learning at 129 after-school science clubs that reach more than 10,000 students.

Volunteer opportunities range from delivering science content on the floor with visitors to working behind the scenes. In addition to its year round volunteer program, the Museum also offers occasional opportunities throughout the year to interact with students, guests, and families through programs such as Junior Science Cafes and the annual Science WoRx Career Fair in October.

Learn more at www.msichicago.org.

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Astellas USA Foundation provides funding to Northern Illinois Food Bank, the source of nutritious food and innovative feeding programs for more than 71,000 people each week in Illinois.

Volunteers are welcome as Individuals or groups. The Food Bank especially needs help during weekdays, but there are also opportunities available during evenings and on Saturdays. Volunteers can assist with food sorting and packing; support events like foodie 5K races, golf outings, corn and squash picking in the summer and fall; offering to serve as a skills-based volunteer; and more!

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Ending human suffering is the goal of OPCC as it empowers people to rebuild their lives. Astellas USA Foundation provides funding to support Daybreak, a transition-to-independence program for homeless women living with mental illness on the Westside of Los Angeles. The organization works with mutual respect to address the effects of poverty, abuse, neglect and discrimination. One of the core services provided is medical care, as OPCC has full time nurses on staff and access to a medical suite with doctors in order to eliminate barriers in receiving care for chronic pain and diseases.

To learn more, visit www.opcc.net/volunteer.

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Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago improves homes and neighborhoods of elderly, disabled and low-income Chicago residents by providing home repairs that target health and safety hazards to reduce asthma triggers, control moisture and pest problems, improve ventilation and reduce trip and fall hazards. Funding from Astellas USA Foundation helps residents become safer and healthier in Chicago-area homes. National Rebuilding Day serves low-income homeowners in disadvantaged neighborhoods with incomes at 50 percent of area median income or below—typically about $17,000 annually.

To learn more, visit www.rebuildingtogether-chi.com.

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A grant from Astellas USA Foundation makes it possible for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to feed 50 chronically hungry children, helping these children achieve academic success and hope for a brighter future. Through a grant from Astellas USA Foundation, the children will receive food through four programs—a weekly Backpack Program, a School Pantry Program, afterschool Kids Cafés and Summer Feeding sites. By directly providing nutritious food to children struggling with hunger, these children can better reach their full potential, enabling them to help break the cycle of poverty and help build stronger and more productive communities.

To learn more, visit www.regionalfoodbank.org.

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Astellas USA Foundation provides funding to Rush University Children’s Hospital so that they can provide families with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis with the knowledge, support and means to promote their child’s language and development, regardless of their socio-economic status or health insurance. Thanks to a grant from Astellas USA Foundation, Rush has created a six-week-long parent-training program for children who receive a new ASD diagnosis at Rush. The Empowering Parents program will help parents increase their understanding of ASD and be better equipped to handle their child’s behavioral and emotional challenges.

To learn more, visit www.rush.edu/services/childrens-hospital.

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Science Buddies is dedicated to helping increase K-12 science literacy and fostering enthusiasm for science. Astellas USA Foundation’s funding to Science Buddies helps them develop software and content that creates online communities, resources and tools for students and teachers to create informal science and engineering projects.

Volunteers can serve as online mentors or role models for K-12 science students, and/or a helpful advisor during the science project process through the “Ask an Expert Program.” This is a free online forum where students and parents can ask questions about K-12 science projects. Volunteers provide personalized assistance with students who have questions about any phase of their project.

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A grant from Astellas USA Foundation makes it possible for Special Olympics Illinois to provide more than 4,500 free screenings and assessments of vision, hearing, fitness, oral health and basic physical health for prospective and participating athletes with intellectual disabilities.

Volunteers can support numerous activities throughout the year, including day-of assistance at competitions or healthy athletes screening events. This includes assisting with set-up and tear down, check-in, competition/event support and awarding medals. SO Illinois staff could also use volunteer work at one of their local area offices. Finally, the organization welcomes volunteers for various statewide fundraisers such as the Polar Plunge and Windy City Duck Derby.

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iBIO Institute EDUCATE Center's Stellar Girls program inspires girls in Grades 3-8 to enter into STEM careers. Through weekly after-school activities, students explore how STEM is used to feed, fuel, heal and save the world. They engage in hands-on activities, interact with professionals, and learn how to apply STEM skills to real-world problems.

Volunteers can sign up to be Comet Speakers or Nova Mentors. Comet Speakers provide 10-minute presentations about education, job options, and emerging opportunities. Nova Mentors serve as role models and sources of inspiration and encouragement for one Stellar Girls program.

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The United Nations Foundation's Shot@Life Campaign helps expand access to life Saving childhood measles vaccines. 2017 marks the third year Astellas USA Foundation has supported the United Nations Foundation Shot@Life campaign’s efforts to eradicate measles in Latin America through immunizing more than 200,000 children in 2015 and 2016. In 2017, Astellas USA Foundation’s grant will help United Nations Foundation to immunize 100,000 more children, as well as help ensure all measles vaccinations are up to date and monitor hard to reach rural areas.

To learn more, visit shotatlife.org.

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In partnership with the West Point Association of Graduates, Astellas USA Foundation provided funding in support of West Point's Center for Leadership and Diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). This program supports high-quality STEM educational opportunities aimed to attract and retain STEM talent for West Point, the Army and the United States. Key programming includes mobile STEM Workshops, which introduce STEM concepts to students through hands-on activities, and in-depth STEM camps held at West Point. To date, the Center for Leadership and Diversity in STEM has reached more than 5,000 youths and educators nationwide, and conducted 85 mobile workshops in 32 cities across the country.

To learn more, visit www.westpointaog.org.

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World Food Program USA is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. that raises U.S. support for the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP), the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger across the globe. Thanks to Astellas USA Foundation’s support, WFP is implementing its approach to nutrition outreach for pregnant women, lactating mothers and children under the age of two in El Salvador. Upon completion of health check-ups and nutrition training, approximately 800 pregnant and lactating women are receiving a monthly voucher for SuperCereal+, a highly fortified blend of corn, soy and dairy that contains crucial vitamins and minerals necessary for healthy growth and development.

To learn more, visit www.wfp.org.