MADISON, Wis. – June 7, 2018 – In conjunction with a national staff meeting, and supported by United Way of Dane County, nearly 1,000 Exact Sciences employees are participating in the company’s Give Back Day throughout Madison on June 7, 2018.
Taking place at multiple sites, Exact Sciences is working with United Way and other community partners to offer its employees volunteer projects across Dane County benefitting local nonprofit agencies and families. All projects focus on addressing issues of family health and stability – focus areas that not only align with the company’s mission but also with the United Way’s commitment to addressing our community’s toughest issues.
“As a Wisconsin-headquartered company, Exact Sciences is committed to ensuring that as we grow, so too does our state and local community,” said Kevin Conroy, chairman and CEO of Exact Sciences. “These one-day projects are an extension of Exact Sciences’ ongoing partnership with United Way to build healthy communities through volunteering and financially supporting programs and organizations making a meaningful difference.”
Exact Sciences Give Back Day projects include:
- Habitat for Humanity – Frame Build (Alliant Energy Center, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison)
Nearly 200 volunteers will take part in a project to support Habitat for Humanity.
- Second Harvest Food Bank – Food Labeling & Distribution (Exact Sciences offices, 1 Exact Lane & 145 Badger Road, Madison)
About 250 volunteers will label cans of food for distribution to local food pantries and meal programs.
- Madison Metropolitan School District – Healthy Snack Packs (Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa Street, Madison)
About 50 participants will help tackle food by putting together healthy snack packs for students in the Madison Metropolitan School District. Often, negative student behavior and academic disengagement is correlated to hunger. These snack packs will provide students with a snack and include a motivational note.
- Clean Lakes Alliance – Invasive Species Removal & Clean Up (Warner Park, 2930 N Sherman Ave, Madison, WI 53704; Vilas Park, 1602 Vilas Park Drive, Madison)
An expected 200 volunteers will help the Clean Lakes Alliance clear invasive plants and trees, plant native seeds, remove algae, and clean up trash along the lakeshore at local parks.
Additional Give Back Day projects will assemble buckets filled with cleaning supplies, to be distributed to the hundreds of families in the Madison community who are housing insecure; decorating bags and cards for older adults receiving meals through SSM Health at Home’s Meals on Wheels program; and assembling “Books for Babies,” a coordinated effort between United Way and local hospitals, which contain resource materials for new parents and a book for their baby.
These projects are a strong example of how measurable results can be achieved when employees at a community-focused business collaborate closely to make community impact with local nonprofits, facilitated by United Way. Thousands of local families are receiving life-changing support due to these combined efforts.
“Exact Sciences is one of our most committed, long-term partners. Over the past few years, Exact Sciences has accomplished some incredible things here in Dane County and with United Way,” explained United Way of Dane County President & CEO Renee Moe. “They have consistently had a 90 percent or more donation participation rate among their employees, even as employee numbers have grown significantly. They’ve also joined United Way’s Business Volunteer Network, which demonstrates a deep commitment to employee volunteer engagement. We’re so grateful for Exact Science’s commitment to improving the health of our community.”
EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:
The Exact Sciences Give Back Day projects will offer strong visuals and lots of activity. To coordinate a site visit or interview, please contact Scott Larrivee, Exact Sciences, 608-287-8108.
About Exact Sciences
Exact Sciences Corp. is a molecular diagnostics company focused on the early detection and prevention of the deadliest forms of cancer. The company has exclusive intellectual property protecting its non-invasive, molecular screening technology for the detection of colorectal cancer. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.exactsciences.com, follow Exact Sciences on Twitter @ExactSciences or find Exact Sciences on Facebook.
About United Way of Dane County
United Way of Dane County fights for the education, financial stability, and health of everyone in Dane County. Through strategic partnerships and collaborative work, United Way brings the many voices of Dane County together to find common ground, develop a strategic architecture for change, and make measurable progress, while engaging organizations and individuals with the opportunity to give, advocate and volunteer to change lives in Dane County.