South San Francisco, CA June 19, 2020 Press Release
Donation to support South San Francisco programs impacted by COVID-19 crisis
In honor of “Genentech Gives Back Week” and in an effort to meet increased needs during the COVID-19 crisis, Genentech has donated $50,000 to South San Francisco’s Friends of Parks and Recreation non-profit group and the Parks and Recreation Department.
“This donation highlights the continuation of a wonderful collaboration between the South San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department and Genentech,” said South San Francisco Mayor Rich Garbarino. “Genentech has done so much for our South San Francisco community over the years; they truly are our partners and continuously step up to the plate to help, even during a global health crisis.”
“As part of the South San Francisco community, we’re pleased to support the Parks and Recreation Department that brings so many of our neighbors and employees joy and the opportunity to participate in healthy activities,” said Kristin Campbell Reed, Senior Director of Corporate and Employee Giving at Genentech. “This week marks the 10th anniversary of our Genentech Gives Back program, and while we’ll be participating virtually this year, it’s never been more important to band together in this unprecedented time of need.”
Genentech Gives Back Week is a dedicated week for employees to come together to donate their time and resources to causes they care about. Though many Genentech employees volunteer year-round through corporate programs, for five days each year, employees across the organization are encouraged to take time from their busy schedules and focus on charitable projects both on campus and in their local communities.
In the past, Genentech employees have volunteered their time with the South San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department by repainting the letters on South San Francisco’s iconic Sign Hill, and making improvements to ballfields.
“This donation will greatly help the Department continue to offer programs to community members, particularly those in need during this difficult time, including food delivery programs for seniors, virtual and modified recreation programs, childcare services and other impacted programs,” says South San Francisco Deputy Director Greg Mediati.