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Giving Back with AbbVie During Its Global "Week of Possibilities"

Today, PharmacyclicsStemcentrx, and AbbVie kicked off the beginning of a multi-year partnership with Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco during their global "Week of Possibilities"! Throughout this week, AbbVie employees from around the world unite for a single purpose: to give back to local communities.


IMG_6414-1Pharmacyclics team with Erik von Borcke, President of Pharmacyclics, and Maureen Sedonaen, C.E.O. of Habitat Greater San Francisco



To mark the start of our local partnership, AbbVie employees from three locations in the Bay Area came out to volunteer and help build seven playhouses that were donated to YMCA SF, Malcolm X Elementary School in the Bayview, and other local nonprofits.



Maureen thanks volunteers for coming out and Pharmacyclics for the start of our partnership


In addition to volunteer support, AbbVie donated $137K to help fund more home building and repairs in our region. To date, AbbVie is the biggest corporate donor for a future Habitat development in San Mateo County. Beyond local support, AbbVie also announced a donation of $100 million to two organizations, Habitat for Humanity International and Direct Relief, to strengthen access to housing and healthcare in Puerto Rico. The organizations will receive $50 million each. 


Check out the volunteers in action and see all that they accomplished!


Pharmacyclics in Sunnyvale


AbbVie in Redwood City



Stemcentrx in South San Francisco



We also spoke to some of the dedicated AbbVie volunteers and learned what motivated them to come out to volunteer!



IMG_6420Joey is an East Bay native and has worked for the company for six years.

What brought you out to volunteer today?

I’ve always liked to do volunteer work. It’s always satisfying to get instant gratification when you’re doing something, right? In the beginning, there were no houses but by the end of the day, now we have these playhouses for kids to play in. And it’s for a good cause.

What does it feel like to work for a company that cares so deeply about their local community?

I love it. Our overall goal at our company is very long term — extending lives and making a big impact. So it’s nice to do these little snippets of quick impacts, while we do this prolonged work at our company.




Mirella is originally from Bulgaria and has worked for the company for over a year, while Anu is originally from India and has worked here for three years.
What brought you out to volunteer today?

Anu: It’s a nice way to help out the community. I don’t always get a chance to do so because I’m busy with work. But this is nice because AbbVie organized this volunteer event for us. 

Mirella: It’s also a nice way to bond with your colleagues and make something that’s useful for the community. You get the extra satisfaction of helping children, while doing something productive and bonding with colleagues.


THANK YOU to Pharmacyclics, Stemcentrx, and AbbVie for their continuous support of our community and to all the wonderful employees for coming out to volunteer today!


This is just the start of our partnership. We look forward to partnering in home building and repair projects in the near future! We're so proud to work together to help make our region a place where we can all live, work, and stay. #AbbVieGivesBack


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