Every year Independent Project Analysis (IPA) employees donate money and energy in support of groups whose mission it is to help out individuals of all ages going through a difficult time and in need of community support. IPA’s 2016 Community Service Project theme was the fight against hunger.
In 2016, staff at IPA’s office in Reading, United Kingdom, collectively donated nearly US$1,000 to fill the shelves at community food pantries. During the holiday season, employees collected donations and put together boxes of groceries and basic supplies for a nearby food pantry. They also donated almost US$1,000 for a colleague who ran her first marathon to raise money to fight child hunger.
At IPA’s office in Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil, employees donated food goods and toys for their designated charity group, FEAPAES (Federation of Association of Parents and Friends of Exceptional)/PR.
In Ashburn, Virginia, IPA employees supported a few pancake breakfasts throughout the year and a chili cook-off to raise money for neighbors in need of a little extra help. North America-based employees also purchased nearly 400 toys for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Staff at IPA’s offices in the Asia-Pacific region have supported charities as well, including volunteering time supporting U.N. Women’s Project Inspire.
Throughout the year, Community Service Program coordinators at each of IPA’s regional offices volunteer their personal time to organize in-office events designed to raise funds for charitable groups. For 2016, we thank Kelly Mitchell, Charlotte Kirkpatrick, Elaine Tu, Jessica Morales, Jessica Walker, Swati Bhat, Franceca Cascalheira, Vikki Webber, Thuy Le, and Christianne Salomon for their efforts in facilitating a core principle of operation at IPA — giving back to our neighbors and supporting our communities.
Running to Eliminate Child Hunger
IPA Senior Analyst Katya Petrochenkov ran in and completed the 2016 BMW BERLIN MARATHON on September 25, 2016, and in doing so raised more than US$1,400 for Action Against Hunger, a United Kingdom-based humanitarian organization committed to ending child hunger. IPA’s Europe, Middle East, Russia, and Africa office staff, based in Reading, UK, made a significant contribution to Action Against Hunger in support of Katya’s 26.2-mile run.
IPA Supported the Following Charity Groups in 2016:
- No Kid Hungry – Share Our Strength
- Marine Toys for Tots Foundation
- Loudoun Hunger Relief
- Northern Virginia Family Service Backpack Project
- American Red Cross – Louisiana Flood Relief
- UN Women’s Project Inspire
- FEAPAES (Federation of Association of Parents and Friends of Exceptional)/PR
- Action Against Hunger, ReadiFood Food Bank
- Trussell Trust