Left to right, Toni Pollock, Patrick Poulin, Jesse Sheets, Danita Kuehnl

(Left to right) ARUP employee Toni Pollock presents a check to International Rescue Committee Regional Director Patrick Poulin and Development Officer Jesse Sheets with fellow ARUP employee Danita Kuehnl.

February 10, 2023

For employees at ARUP Laboratories, acting in the service of others extends far beyond the laboratory walls.

In an annual act of generosity, ARUP employees demonstrated their commitment to supporting their communities by donating $81,935 to charitable causes in 2022. One nonprofit organization receiving donations from ARUP for the first time is the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a global humanitarian aid, relief, and development organization. Nonprofit organizations receiving funds from ARUP for the second consecutive year include the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and the Utah STEM Foundation.

“Our goal is to allow employees to easily contribute to the community,” said Cheryl Vincent, ARUP’s talent development manager. “The charities we selected support our scientific purpose, our employees and their families, and our local community.”

ARUP’s Employee Advisory Council selects a slate of ambassador charities to receive employees’ charitable contributions every two years. The council, which gathers individuals previously honored with Employee of the Month or Supervisor of the Quarter awards, serves as an internal consulting group for ARUP leadership by offering feedback on company policies, programs, and events.

Each council member serves for one calendar year, Vincent said. Charitable contributions are made through payroll deductions, and employees can earmark their donations for one or more of the selected organizations.

“We also support these charities throughout the year,” Vincent said. “We have created ‘survivor boxes’ for the AFSP, collected items for refugees supported by the IRC, and put together learning kits for the Utah STEM Foundation.”

Employee contributions will continue to support the IRC, the AFSP, and the Utah STEM Foundation in 2023.

Read below for more information about the charities ARUP employees supported in 2022:

International Rescue Committee ($11,418):

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a global humanitarian aid, relief, and development organization working in 40 countries and 26 cities in the United States to provide emergency aid and long-term assistance to individuals displaced by war, persecution, or natural disasters. Comprised of first responders, humanitarian relief workers, international development experts, and healthcare providers, the IRC focuses on health, education, economic well-being, and safety worldwide.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention ($33,012):

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a national organization dedicated to providing those affected by suicide access to a community of support that is empowered by research, education, and advocacy. Driven by volunteers, the AFSP is working to end the suicide crisis and save lives by funding scientific research, providing mental health education and suicide prevention, advocating for public policy, and supporting survivors of suicide loss.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society ($18,395):

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, focusing on curing leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma. The LLS provides free information and support services to patients and families and works as an advocate for patients with blood cancer who are seeking access to quality, affordable, and coordinated care.

The Utah STEM Foundation ($19,110):

The Utah STEM Foundation is an innovation-driven organization that supports improvements in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education; encourages multidisciplinary collaboration; and conducts actionable research to enable knowledge and technology exchange. In doing so, the STEM foundation underpins economic development and strengthens students’ progression and employability. Since 2004, the organization has positively impacted over 700,000 STEM learners.


Camryn Fife, camryn.fife@aruplab.com