CHICAGO (August 13, 2008) – More than 300 employees from Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc. and Takeda Global Research & Development Center, Inc. are trading in their pens for paintbrushes today to improve a local school. In partnership with Rebuilding Together* Metro Chicago, an affiliate of the nation’s largest nonprofit volunteer home and community center rehabilitation organization, Takeda employees are donating their time and celebrating the company’s Sixth Annual Community Outreach Day by painting, landscaping and refurbishing Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Waukegan, Ill.
Thomas Jefferson Middle School was identified as the best site for the project based on its many maintenance and repair needs – needs that otherwise could not have been afforded per the school’s own budget and resources. All building materials and supplies for the renovations have been covered by a $70,000 grant from Takeda. Projects that will be undertaken by Takeda employees include painting hallways and classrooms, landscaping, and completing a mural designed by a local artist. Employees will also help install a rock garden to complement the school’s existing green house and build benches to create an outdoor learning center.
"Takeda's goal is to help create a safe and vibrant learning environment for the students of Thomas Jefferson Middle School," said Alan MacKenzie, CEO, Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc. and Executive Vice President, Takeda America Holdings, Inc. "Takeda is committed to supporting our communities, and for the past six years, our employees have demonstrated this through their participation in our annual Community Outreach Day. What we’re able to give the students of Thomas Jefferson Middle School today is a testament not only to Takeda’s corporate philosophy, but also to the great Takeda employees who make this day possible."
Takeda first partnered with Rebuilding Together in 2003, when 130 employees helped renovate North Chicago High School. Now, more than approximately 1,340 Takeda employees have volunteered more than 6,700 hours over the past six years to help a total of six schools and 4,160 students in the Chicagoland area.
"Takeda has been a pleasure to work with over the past six years and we look forward to future community improvement efforts we can collaborate on," said Lisa Miranda, Assistant Director, Rebuilding Together* Metro Chicago. "When the 860 Thomas Jefferson Middle School students return this fall, we know they will be excited to see the fresh new look to their school."
About Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc. and Takeda Global Research & Development Center, Inc.
Based in Deerfield, Ill., Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc. and Takeda Global Research & Development Center, Inc. are subsidiaries of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, the largest pharmaceutical company in Japan. The companies currently market oral diabetes, insomnia, wakefulness and gastroenterology treatments and continue to bring innovative products to market through a distinctive approach to clinical and product development. With a robust pipeline that includes compounds in development for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, oncology, gastroenterology, neurology and other conditions, Takeda is committed to striving toward better health for individuals and progress in medicine by developing superior pharmaceutical products. To learn more about these Takeda companies, visit www.tpna.com.
About Rebuilding Together
Rebuilding Together is a national, nonprofit volunteer organization whose mission is to preserve and revitalize homes and communities. Founded in 1988 to provide volunteer home rehabilitation services to elderly and low-income families, today Rebuilding Together has 250 affiliates and serves homeowners, nonprofit organizations and community centers in 1,879 cities and towns throughout the U.S. In 2006, more than 267,000 volunteers donated 2.6 million hours to rehabilitate 8,900 houses and non-profit facilities. Since 1992, the local Rebuilding Together* Metro Chicago affiliate has repaired 925 homes and non-profit facilities throughout Chicago and Cook County. For more information, visit www.rebuildingtogether.org.