A sea of orange under studio lights

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This week, I had the opportunity to volunteer with more than 50 of my GSK colleagues at the public television station (UNC-TV) in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. UNC-TV is statewide in NC and has the responsibility to change lives for the better. Their programming has inspired me and connected me to literature, art, entertainment and the world around me. Our team was proud to raise more than $43,000 dollars in just one evening.

I have been volunteering since college. While working at GlaxoWellcome in the mid-1990's, I saw a posting from our Community Partnership team seeking volunteers for the UNC-TV FESTIVAL event. It was an easy way for me to be involved and give back to the "new" community I lived and worked in.

I enjoyed the UNC TV FESTIVAL so much that I expanded my volunteerism to other events sponsored by UNC-TV. I've volunteered at the NC State Fair, NC Mountain State Fair in Western NC (where I enjoyed being in a character costume), at the station as a floor manager, Kids Club events, and PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest), and other events.

The definition of volunteer is a person who performs a service or undertaking willingly and without pay.But there are so many personal rewards. My volunteering provides a break in the regular routine and encourages me to look at what I do with a new perspective. I have learned a lot, expanded my world, and made many new friends.

I'm proud to be part of a company that supports both its local and global community.