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15 December 2022

Giving Back During Moderna’s 4th Annual Volunteer Week

Giving back during Moderna’s 4th annual Volunteer Week Hero

Basel, Switzerland volunteers distribute food to those in need at Thanksgiver Schweiz

At Moderna, giving back to the communities in which we live and work is an integral part of who we are and what we do. Each year between Giving Tuesday and International Volunteer Day, we organize our annual Volunteer Week to use our expertise and resources to make a positive impact in our communities.  

In 2022, we celebrated our 4ᵗʰ Annual Volunteer Week, and it proved to be our most impactful yet. Moderna volunteers made a difference for more than a dozen organizations during our first in-person Volunteer Week since the start of the pandemic. As our global footprint has expanded, so have our volunteer efforts. This year, we had participants in six countries, including Australia, Switzerland, the United States, Poland, Switzerland and South Korea. 

“The reason I came to work for Moderna is the same reason I volunteer. It sparks joy to know I am a small part of a team that brings happiness in difficult situations.”  

- Todd Danforth, Sr. Manager, Global Quality Compliance 

Decorating a congregate with Heading Home in Cambridge, MA

Decorating a congregate with Heading Home in Cambridge, MA

Volunteers in the Massachusetts area prepared meals for Pine Street Inn and the American Cancer Society, and inspired comfort and joy by decorating congregates for Heading Home. In partnership with Year Up, volunteers mentored students by guiding them through mock interviews to help prepare for their future careers.  

Internationally, teams across Europe, Asia and Australia supported their communities by cleaning up along the Rhine River, distributing food at a local food bank, renovating women’s shelters, and delivering goods to families in need. Both in-person and remote volunteer options were available to support those looking to do in-office team building and for employees unable to travel. These opportunities included spreading cheer by baking holiday cookies and by penning letters of support for cancer patients and their caregivers. 

“Taking time to volunteer was an impactful reminder that we shouldn’t take anything for granted and that it’s our duty to help close opportunity gaps for others.” 

- Clara Fernandez de Castro, Senior Director, ESG Strategy  

Moderna volunteers distribute food with La Colaborativa in Chelsea, MA

Moderna volunteers distribute food with La Colaborativa in Chelsea, MA

Since the beginning, our Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategies have provided a foundation for building and supporting long-term programs that demonstrate our deep responsibility to patients, the environment, our communities, and each other. Our commitment to CSR is woven into our business; every Moderna employee receives eight hours of paid volunteer time that can be used throughout the year.  

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Helping prepare meals at Pine Street Inn

Our first annual ESG Report is a guidepost that defines our role as a global corporate citizen. The report reiterates our pledge to implement sustainability initiatives and eliminate health inequalities, particularly in underserved communities. We encourage you to read our 2021 ESG Report to learn more.  

2022 marked our most impactful year of giving back to our communities, both locally and globally, and we look forward to working to expand our charitable initiatives even further in 2023 and beyond. 

In addition to advancing an important mission to deliver on the promise of mRNA science for patients, Moderna is committed to belonging, inclusion and diversity, and to creating an environment where everyone can do their best work. 

We are proud to be consistently recognized as a top employer and we’re always looking for passionate, talented and dedicated people. Want to join the team? Check out all our open positions and learn more about what makes Moderna such a welcoming workplace.