An annual day of service for Lilly employees in Indianapolis looks different this year due to the pandemic. This year, Lilly’s Global Day of Service provides opportuities for employees to participate in many virtual projects.
The day of service is one of the largest single-day corporate volunteer events in the world. Lilly Global Day of Service Chair Joy Durant-Butler said thousands will still take part.
"It’s still very important for Lilly employees to be able to go out into the community on this day and be able to serve, like we have in years past," Durant-Butler said.
This year’s focus is on people affected by COVID-19. It includes a blood drive and clothing collection. Employees will also make masks for local health workers, veterans and childcare centers.
Durant-Butler says another projects will develop STEM learning tools.
"We have some Lilly employees that are developing virtual and other educational materials that can be used by IPS for e-learning or in the classroom," Durant-Butler said.
As part of the day, the company will also commit 25,000 volunteer hours to racial justice issues over the next five years.
This is the 13th year for the annual day of service.