Boston Scientific Employees – Working for Boston Scientific, an institution dedicated to altering lives via innovative medical solutions, entails assisting others.
Despite this, many employees at the corporation volunteer in their communities outside of work hours. Boston Scientific employees volunteered for more than 31,000 hours in 2022 alone.
Boston Scientific’s Global Volunteer Awards recognize employees who are particularly involved in this local effort each year. We got down with this year’s remarkable winners, who were chosen from a pool of 40+ nominations from 18 countries, to learn about their recent projects, what sparked their love for philanthropy, and how Boston Scientific supports them outside its doors.
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Continuing a heritage of service
Mehak Sachdev’s favorite childhood memories are visits with her grandfather. She only saw him every few years—Sachdev grew up in Southern California, and her grandparents lived in India—but she was struck by his dedication to Seva, a Hindi term that signifies service.
“My grandfather spent his life assisting people who were subjected to religious persecution,” Sachdev explains. “He was always one of my biggest inspirations.”
Sachdev spent his high school years volunteering with Be The Match, an organization that recruits participants for a global blood and bone marrow registry. She volunteered with the Interfaith Youth Core in college, which attempts to bring people of various religions together. She was concerned that the start of her professional career would spell the end of her community involvement when she joined Boston Scientific in 2017. But Sachdev was pleasantly surprised by the company’s commitment to supporting employees’ volunteer activities, and he soon became the captain of Boston Scientific’s Young Professionals Network.
They worked together to clean, paint, and remodel Alef’s local community center, as well as to support fundraising efforts for the group. “Nothing binds you to your coworkers like building Ikea furniture together,” she laughs.
Morton first dismissed the distinction of receiving one of this year’s Global Volunteer Awards. “Volunteering is something I do behind the scenes—my recognition comes from helping others,” she explains. When the congratulatory emails started coming in from coworkers who’d nominated her, she remembered the many soul-filling moments she’d had working with Alef—and to her mother, who had motivated her to do this work in the first place.
They worked together to clean, paint, and refurbish Alef’s local community center, as well as to help the group’s fundraising efforts. “Nothing binds you to your coworkers like building Ikea furniture together,” she chuckles.
Morton first downplayed the honor of getting one of this year’s Global Volunteer Awards. “Volunteering is something I do behind the scenes—my recognition comes from helping others,” she explains. When the congratulatory emails began to arrive from coworkers who’d nominated her, she remembered the many soul-filling moments she’d had working with Alef—and to her mother, who had inspired her to do this work in the first place.
Daniela Jinesta Rojas first became acquainted with nature as a child, when she visited her grandfather in Los Nubes, Coronado, near the Braulio Carrillo rain forest. She grew to enjoy trekking and scuba diving as she grew older.
However, spending so much time in nature had one huge drawback: Jinesta spotted waste in the most beautiful areas, prompting her to become an outspoken environmentalist.
Jinesta now devotes more than 200 hours per year to coral conservation and the cleaning of local beaches and rivers. She also provides opportunities for other Boston Scientific employees at the Heredia, Costa Rica, plant to contribute to environmental protection.
“Working with your colleagues to fill three massive trucks with garbage you’ve picked up on a local beach demonstrates that if each of us makes a small contribution, we can make a big impact,” she says.
Jinesta learned about the Japanese phrase ikigai, which translates to a sense of purpose, a few years ago. She thinks it helped her understand why she gives back in the ways she does.