Matt Carrara is the Vice President of Process Analyzers and Instrumentation at Schneider Electric. He is passionate about giving back to the community and supporting childhood cancer research. In this blog, he shares his experience volunteering with the Jimmy Fund.
We’ve heard about six degrees of separation and the butterfly effect. I didn’t know it then, but as a boy growing up outside of Boston regularly going to Red Sox games, I was being exposed to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s fundraising organization, The Jimmy Fund. For decades, owners and players have participated in making the Red Sox/Jimmy Fund partnership the longest and most successful relationship between a team and a charity in the history of professional sports.
See, I didn’t know I’d become the future Vice President of Process Analyzers and Instrumentation for Schneider Electric, a company just named one of Boston Business Journal’s 2019 Top Charitable Contributors in Massachusetts. Nor could I have anticipated how my days adorned in red and white, baseball glove in hand, hopeful to catch a foul ball would ultimately be the connection to my passion for supporting childhood cancer research. But it did, and here we are now.
The Jimmy Fund Walk
When I was asked to be the Executive Sponsor for Team Schneider Electric for the 2019 Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, I was honored. Like far too many of us, cancer isn’t six degrees of separation for me. It’s affected family members, friends and colleagues. These same colleagues from the Boston, Andover, West Kingston and Foxboro campuses have come together to support this common cause. Through local office activities like raffles, lunch n’ learns and dunk tank fun, every little bit supports the overall $100K Team Schneider Electric goal. More than twenty people have joined our team to walk on September 22nd 2019– and everyone is welcome to join!
I invite you to grab a box of tissue and take a look at the brave faces of the children and adults fighting cancer. Each has been named a “Hero” by the Jimmy Fund. Schneider Electric’s Hero is Nixon, you’ll see that mile marker number 26 is for this brave seven-year-old whose mother is part of the Schneider Electric family.
If you’re not from Boston and you won’t be able to join the team – how can you show your support? Donate to one of the team members! This is completely voluntary and you can donate here. Walk with us! Invite your family and friends to register here. You can even join us virtually! We can all make a difference.
Schneider Electric Employees Double Their Donation
Schneider Electric supports employees in their contributions to their communities and strive to maximize the impact to their charity of choice. To do this, Schneider Electric offers the Matching Gift Program, which provides one for one matching by the Foundation. If you are an employee, you can learn more details on how to request company matching here.
Updated: Just recently, Matt was part of the team to present a check to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Jimmy Fund this week. Schneider Electric finished 6th in the Corporate Team Rankings, raising $41K in local efforts and an overall donation to the Jimmy Fund of close to $75K.
About Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has been the top ranked cancer hospital in New England by U.S. News and World Report for 19 consecutive years, and is the only cancer center in the country ranked in the top 5 for both adult and pediatric cancer programs. They provide adults and children with cancer with the best treatment available today while developing tomorrow’s cures through cutting-edge research.
Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund has received a 4-star rating (highest possible) from Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator, recognizing our prudent financial management and low cost of funds raised.
About the Jimmy Fund
Since its founding in 1948, the Jimmy Fund has raised millions of dollars through thousands of grassroots efforts to help save lives and give hope to cancer patients everywhere.
Fun fact about the Boston Red Sox
Since 1953, generations of owners and players have participated in making the Red Sox/Jimmy Fund partnership the longest and most successful relationship between a team and a charity in the history of professional sports.
Team Schneider Electric
Your support goes directly to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s unique 50-50 balance between cutting-edge science and highly compassionate care. Funds raised through the Jimmy Fund Walk enable Dana-Farber leaders to enhance programs and initiatives that serve pediatric and adult patients and their families.
Join the team or donate here! Register or donate here
The Importance of Giving Back
As a company, Schneider Electric is proud to support many different community organizations. Hear from our employees about how they give back through organizations such as the American Heart Association and Special Kids in some of our other Life at Schneider Electric blogs.
Schneider Electric encourages volunteerism among its employees by underwriting the costs of charitable work, donating money to organizations her employees are involved with, and providing paid time off to volunteer. If you’re looking for a company with great benefits and great people, apply today! Search Schneider Electric jobs
About the Author
Matthew Carrara is Vice President Process Instrumentation & Analyzers for Schneider Electric. He has a demonstrated history of working in the space of process instrumentation and controls and analyzers. He earned an Executive Masters in Business Administration from Northeastern University – Graduate School of Business Administration. Matthew focuses on strategy, acquisitions, sales & channel management, product development, marketing, and operational delivery. With a passion around philanthropic service, Matt was nominated as Schneider Electric’s Executive Sponsor for the 2019 Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk.
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