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Amgen’s RI Volunteer of the Year Gets $5,000 for Local Conservancy

Saturday, December 11, 2010


Amgen recognized staff member Richard Fitzpatrick as the 2010 Amgen Excellence in Volunteering Award recipient in Rhode Island. In Fitzpatrick's name, the Amgen Foundation will award $5,000 to the Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy of Providence, which was featured in his application.

The gift meant a lot to Fitzpatrick. The senior associate in Security and Emergency Services grew up close to the hiking trails, wildlife and scenic views of Neutaconkanut Hill near Providence and has watched the area evolve over the years. "This is still my neighborhood, and I would like to help improve it," he said.

Recognizing a passionate volunteer

Fitzpatrick was already a Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy volunteer, organizing and participating in clean ups, redefining and rerouting trails, adding natural railing to boost trail safety and constructing bird and bat houses for youngsters to erect in the forest. He even constructed natural stadium seating at the summit that overlooks the entire city. Fitzpatrick also helps organize volunteers, guides tours and gives frequent presentations to encourage more people throughout the state to take advantage of the natural beauty of the area.

“We extend our sincere thanks to the Amgen Foundation for the $5,000 awarded on behalf of Richard’s invaluable work and commitment to our Conservancy,” said Elli Panichas, president of the conservancy. “The community as a whole is grateful to the Amgen Foundation for its assistance in providing resources to strengthen and enrich our community. This award will go far in continuing our work on the Hill and in meeting our goal of saving this unique woodland in Providence for future generations.” 

Amgen honors commitment in local causes

Fitzpatrick was selected by a panel of internal and external reviewers based on impact of his volunteer efforts, frequency of volunteer activity and length of time committed, and a letter of recommendation from the nonprofit organization. The external award review panel included Bernie Beaudreau, executive director, Serve Rhode Island; Tony Maione, president and CEO, United Way of Rhode Island; and Neil D. Steinberg, president and CEO, Rhode Island Foundation.

Launched this year by the Amgen Foundation, the Awards recognize staff in the United States (US) and Puerto Rico who are making a difference in their communities. The Amgen Foundation will award $5,000 to each nonprofit organization featured in the winning staff members’ applications.

“At Amgen, we are committed to strengthening our communities through grantmaking, matching staff contributions and volunteering,” said Jean J. Lim, president of the Amgen Foundation. “Many of our staff have made a true impact in the community through volunteer efforts and we aim to grow this support by recognizing outstanding volunteers through the annual Amgen Excellence in Volunteering Awards program.”


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