Lilly Volunteers Get a Life-Changing View of the World

Lilly celebrated National Volunteer Week by sending off the first of 200 volunteers of 2013 who will serve in impoverished communities around the world as part of Lilly’s Connecting Hearts Abroad program. Teams departed on Sunday for Lima, Peru, and will depart for Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, this weekend—with more soon to follow.

I had the opportunity to go to India through this program and it forever changed the way I look at the world, my job, even my family.

Through Connecting Hearts Abroad, we are not only helping people in need, we are growing as people and helping Lilly become a more globally aware and stronger company. It gets us out of the labs and out from behind our computers so that we can better understand and meet the diverse needs of patients and communities around the world.

This year, we’re also piloting a new skills-based aspect to the program where our specialized volunteers will support our diabetes work with Project HOPE in South Africa through The Lilly NCD Partnership. Stay tuned for more blogs from South Africa to hear how our team of doctors, pharmacists, diabetes educators, and communicators are applying their expertise to truly make a difference.

You can learn more about the program through the press release we issued today. You can also view this brief video of Bart Peterson, Lilly senior vice president of corporate affairs and communications, and Steve Rosenthal, executive director of our primary partner organization, Cross-Cultural Solutions, who talk about the partnership and the benefits for all involved. And below is a more in-depth video that gives you a sense of the type of work our volunteers do.

Connecting Hearts Abroad, indeed.