EpiVax Statement on Ukraine
The EpiVax team stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine as they defend their country from an unjust and unprovoked military attack by the Russian government. We support the sovereignty of Ukraine and the rights of Ukrainian citizens to democratically choose their future without influence, threats or violence from external forces. We echo the statements of both the International Science Council and the UN General Assembly in calling for an immediate end to hostilities to prevent further violence and humanitarian crises. We also stand with the Russian expatriate community and citizens of Russia who oppose the war against Ukraine, but are powerless to stop it.
At EpiVax, we believe that it is our common responsibility to support the community in which we live and work. Therefore, EpiVax (as a corporation) and EpiVax team members provide charitable support to local, national and international non-profits, and team members also volunteer at local not-for-profit organizations. EpiVax knows the importance of “giving back” and is dedicated to making a positive impact both locally and globally.
EpiVax Supports the Following Organizations
EpiVax supports local organizations such as GAIA Vaccine Foundation, Clinica Esperanza/Hope Clinic, the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council, the Providence Preservation Society, and numerous other charities (see full list below). By supporting these local and international non profits, we demonstrate our commitment to improving our environment and assisting vulnerable members of our global community.
GAIA Vaccine Foundation – EpiVax CEO, Annie De Groot is the Founder and Scientific Director of GAIA Vaccine Foundation. GAIA is devoted to the development of a globally-relevant, globally-accessible HIV vaccine- the GAIA vaccine. The organization is actively engaged in HIV prevention and HIV treatment efforts in West Africa, where volunteers have established a “first of its kind” HIV clinic in a peri-urban village setting. GAIA continues to develop new models for improving HIV detection and treatment for the poorest of the poor. EpiVax supports the GAIA Vaccine Foundation by providing not only financial support, but also office space for the staff. Additionally, EpiVax team members offer personal time to support the Foundation; some even travel to Africa to help with research at the clinic.
Clinica Esperanza / Hope Clinic – EpiVax team members are actively engaged in supporting the Providence-based free clinic for uninsured Rhode Islanders. Clinica Esperanza serves a neighborhood of 40,000 residents on the West side of Providence, many of whom speak Spanish as their first language and work at low-paying jobs that do not provide health insurance. Clinica Esperanza / Hope Clinic provides a medical home to patients who would otherwise use the Emergency Room as their only source of health care. EpiVax volunteers help by raising funds, providing administrative support, and assisting clinic staff with free health screenings at the clinic and around the community.
EpiVax is also committed to supporting numerous non-profit organizations, including the National MS Foundation, Special Olympics, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, AIDS Care Ocean State, Providence Animal Rescue League and other causes that are important to its employees by assisting with their respective fundraising efforts.
Additionally, EpiVax understands the importance of pursuing higher education. Through the URI Foundation, EpiVax sponsors a scholarship to support a student currently enrolled in the Biotechnology program at the University of Rhode Island.
Our dedication to serving the community further emphasizes our commitment to improving the lives of others, whether it be through vaccination, therapeutics, or by lending a hand to local organizations.
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