Continuing its seven-year support of the American Red Cross®, in 2016, Astellas USA Foundation donated funds to purchase 23,000 smoke alarms helping 9,200 families be more prepared for fires. Additionally, Astellas USA Foundation is actively encouraging Astellas employees to go door-to-door, checking/installing smoke alarms and spreading fire safety awareness. This effort is part of a nationwide American Red Cross campaign to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent by 2020.
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.
Each year, the Assistance League of Norman, Oklahoma, provides clothing for area school children in need. Most recently, Astellas USA Foundation provided funding to clothe 150 students, giving each student a new coat, two new pairs of jeans, three new tops, five pairs of new socks, five pairs of new underwear, a grooming kit and a voucher for new shoes. Forty eight percent of the children attending Norman Public Schools and 68 percent of the children attending Little Axe Public Schools qualify for free and reduced meals. 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.
Astellas USA Foundation is collaborating with Boys Town to 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 in all 50 states, and thousands more use the online resources available at www.yourlifeyourvoice.org.
BrazilFoundation mobilizes resources for ideas and actions that transform Brazil, working with local leaders, organizations and a global network of supporters to promote equality, social justice and economic opportunity for all Brazilians. Thanks to a grant from Astellas USA Foundation, Instituto Esporte e Educação (IEE)—in partnership with BrazilFoundation—is working to expand sport and physical activity throughout Brazil. By training teachers to properly teach physical education/sports programs, and by encouraging students to do five hours of physical activity per week, IEE hopes to ameliorate health issues among Brazil's low-income communities.
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. This new resource will be a valuable addition to the face-to-face and telephone peer support services currently available for Canadians with vision loss or blindness. 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.
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 are invited to attend an award-winning, five-day-long training workshop that offers opportunities for teens to learn about leadership, healthy choices and working with others to create better communities. More than 80 percent of the youth require financial assistance to attend. With that in mind, Astellas USA Foundation provided a grant to partially cover the costs for 14 youth to attend the workshop for the first time and fund an event speaker and two workshop speakers.
CHATS – Community & Home Assistance to Seniors was established in 1980 and now provides in-home and community services to more than 7,300 seniors in York Region and South Simcoe. Their ongoing mission is to support the health and wellness of seniors through the delivery of a continuum of geared-to-income community support services including respite care, home help, home adaptation and maintenance, transportation, home at last/hospital transition, adult day services, assisted living services, meals on wheels, caregiver education, interpretation services, and telephone reassurance.
Astellas USA Foundation has provided much needed funds to CHATS to put towards structural improvements of their Therapeutic Garden. These improvements will allow clients with medical or physical restrictions who attend one of the organizations Adult Day Programs to be able to safely access the garden. The Astellas USA Foundation is helping make life more comfortable for seniors in Aurora Ontario, Canada.
Astellas USA Foundation funded the Chicago Botanic Garden to help support the new Education Center on its Regenstein Foundation Learning Campus through the donation of a light-filled Atrium. The Astellas Atrium will divide the Education Center into the Grainger Wing for classroom education and a public wing for community programs. The Astellas Atrium will feature Jo Hormuth-designed artwork that will depict color images distilled from photos taken across four seasons of garden displays; the art will offer a key to understanding color theory as reflected in nature. The atrium will also feature an observation beehive that tells the story of the most important and familiar pollinator: the honeybee.
The Chicago Botanic Garden is one of the world's leading botanic gardens. In addition to offering unsurpassed beauty on its 385 acres of distinct gardens and natural areas, this living museum is a center of plant conservation science and education that offers innovative programs in horticulture, research, urban agriculture, and horticultural therapy.
Astellas USA Foundation provides funds for the Chicago Zoological Society's “King Conservation Science Scholars Program.” This new program affords 255 Chicago-area high school students the opportunity to help become the next generation of scientifically literate, college-ready and career-ready students.
Children's Place Association transforms the lives of Chicago-area children in the very worst circumstances—those confronting illness and extreme poverty. Thanks to Astellas USA Foundation, Children's Place will provide 25-50 Chicago-area children in need with specialized nursing and therapeutic care at its Children's Place Residential Center in order to stabilize and improve their health. The vast majority (67 percent) of the children and their families served through Children's Place live in extreme poverty; more than half subsist on annual incomes of $5,000.
The Cove School provides a nurturing environment for more than 150 K-12 students with learning disabilities from the Chicago metropolitan area and Milwaukee. Astellas USA Foundation provided a grant to fund the creation of a new model program for STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) specific for students with learning disabilities at Cove. Thanks to Astellas USA Foundation’s support, students have access to cutting edge STEAM programming with the full range of academic, social and emotional supports needed to provide collaborative learning with individualized adaptations for students with learning disabilities. These tools enable Cove graduates to go on to enroll in post-secondary education programs, equipped with job skills and customized learning strategies needed for career readiness and real world job experiences.
In prior years, Astellas USA Foundation helped Cove install a new playground, sports fields, outdoor learning space and running track as part of its Health and Wellness Initiative.
The Crossroads Community Outreach Foundation (CCOF) developed P.S. Science, a hands-on science program to support 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). This growing program currently serves more than 750 students in grades one through three living at or below the poverty line in Santa Monica and the Los Angeles area. P.S. Science provides the curriculum and all necessary materials as well as teacher training necessary for site teachers to sustain the classroom program after approximately three years of working with a trained elementary science educator provided by P.S. Science. After the initial three year training period, P.S. Science continues to provide instructional support and all weekly program materials as long as the receiving school remains in partnership with P.S. Science.
The Danny Did Foundation aims to increase awareness of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP). Funding from Astellas USA Foundation enabled Danny Did Foundation to purchase a print advertising campaign focused on awareness and education during November 2016—Epilepsy Awareness Month.
In partnership with GrowingGreat and Para Los Niños, Astellas USA Foundation funded “From Bean Seeds to Frijoles: STEM Learning Begins” — a new 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 at PLN Gratts Primary Center (where the average annual family household salary is $16,607).
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.
Astellas USA Foundation provided funding to Have Dreams to support healthy-eating initiatives for children, teens and young adults impacted by autism. The Foundation's funding supports health and fitness programs, which helps individuals with autism improve their abilities to learn, function independently and socialize so that they may realize their full potential and become contributing members of their communities.
The mission of the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance is to promote safety, support and healthy development for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in Illinois schools and communities, through advocacy, education, youth organizing and research. Support from Astellas USA Foundation helped The Alliance organize two statewide Youth Summits, where more than 300 LGBTQ youth enhanced their leadership training skills and prepared for Day of Silence/Night of Noise in more than 150 schools across Illinois.
Kohl's Children's Museum is committed to nurturing a love of learning in young children. Astellas USA Foundation provides funding to the Museum's Science Sleuths program, which helps instill an interest in science among young children. The program enables children to become young scientists through activities that allow them to study evidence, make predictions and test their hypotheses.
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. Astellas USA Foundation provided funds for 58 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 Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, is one of the largest science museums in the world. In 2016, 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. This program is offered at no cost to partners.
Astellas USA Foundation awarded a grant to Northern Illinois Food Bank’s BackPack program. The organization provides food-filled backpacks to 2,000 children across 168 schools. The program provides increased access to nutritious food during weekends for families challenged to access enough food through SNAP and traditional food pantries. Their nutrition education program complements these meals with short classes highlighting the importance of fresh vegetables, fruits, protein, grains and dairy in a daily diet. The Foundation’s support will help them distribute nearly 59,000 backpacks this school year. In addition to the physical benefits of food assistance, many parents have noted the BackPack program helps reduce the amount of stress felt in the home.
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. Its programs are designed to empower people to access the resources they need to ensure their survival, end their victimization and improve their quality of life. 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.
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. Astellas USA Foundation is supporting National Rebuilding Day (Saturday, April 30, 2016), focusing efforts in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago and Blue Island in suburban Cook County. The program serves low-income homeowners in disadvantaged neighborhoods with incomes at 50 percent of area median income or below—typically about $12,000 annually.
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, at safe afterschool Kids Cafés and at 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.
Science Buddies develops software and content that creates online communities, resources and tools for students and teachers to create informal science and engineering projects. The site is designed to reach a diverse audience of more than 15 million K-12 students, parents, and teachers each year. Science Buddies helps students create science and engineering projects of outstanding quality, compete in their local science fairs, interact with real-life science and engineering role models, and ultimately become inspired to pursue an education in science and technology. Its award-winning, 15,000-page website and more than 1,000 project ideas help students build their literacy in science and technology.
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. Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competitions in a variety of Olympics-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Since 2011, Astellas USA Foundation has partnered with Starlight Children's Foundation® to help improve the comfort and care of patients through enhancements to the pediatric wings of local hospitals, thus improving quality of life for children and their families.
In 2016, Astellas USA Foundation is excited to be donating 22 VGo robots to 12 children's care facilities in four cities (Chicago, Los Angeles, Oklahoma City and Boston). VGo robots have the unique ability to change every aspect of pediatric care in a positive way, from education, to social and emotional wellness, to care management. In year's past, Astellas USA Foundation funded renovations of two rooms to further promote healing in fun, family-friendly spaces.
The Stellar Girls program inspires an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields among girls in grades three through eight. The program develops educators' ability to connect with girls about STEM disciplines and careers, improves their curiosity and ability in STEM classes, builds awareness of exciting careers in STEM-based industries, and improves learning outcomes in science.
Astellas USA Foundation is helping send 25 children living with cancer to camp at no cost through a grant to Camp Trillium. Camp Trillium provides year round, safe and fun camp experiences for children and their families living with cancer in the Canadian province of Ontario.
Each day, more than 300 children around the world die of measles. The United Nations Foundation's Shot@Life Campaign helps expand access to life-saving childhood measles vaccines. In 2015 and 2016 combined, Astellas USA Foundation provided funding to help the United Nations Foundation Shot@Life campaign immunize more than 200,000 children in Latin America against measles.
The University of Oklahoma's Harold Hamm Diabetes Center is leading the way to prevent, treat and ultimately find a cure for diabetes. Through a grant from Astellas USA Foundation, the Center was able to participate in a local wellness event called Open Streets, at which they conducted diabetes screenings for 250 people and distributed water bottles, measuring cups and food scales.
In partnership with the West Point Association of Graduates, Astellas USA Foundation is proud to provide 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. Students come from an array of backgrounds, but, in 2015, most were predominantly from ethnically underrepresented or economically disadvantaged populations, and for the first time, female students made up more than half of all participants.
World Food Program USA is a non-profit 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. Each year, WFP provides lifesaving food assistance to more than 80 million people in 82 countries, including mothers and children in need who are among the most vulnerable to malnutrition. Thanks to the generosity of the Astellas USA Foundation, WFP is introducing a new 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 made possible by the Foundation's grant. These vouchers can be redeemed at local markets for SuperCereal+, a highly fortified blend of corn, soy and dairy that contains crucial vitamins and minerals necessary for healthy growth and development.