Type of Work: Pro Bono Client: The Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health
Sapient Government Services has had a relationship with The Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health for a long time. “It actually pre-dates my time at Sapient, says Teresa Bozzelli, head of Sapient Government Services. Bozzelli began her Sapient career in 2010.
Initially designed as a supportive residence for children suffering from detrimental health conditions in 1990, The Children’s Inn at NIH has grown into a place like home for thousands of children and their families participating in research protocols at The National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The Inn has grown in size to serve and become a home to more than 12,000 children with significant illnesses requiring treatment at the NIH. From countless volunteer hours and donation efforts to helping to plan and execute The Inn’s largest annual fundraising event, Sapient is an incredibly proud partner of The Children’s Inn at NIH, says Bozzelli.
“Our mission is all about enabling human potential. We choose to serve those clients who serve others, and our people really connect to that choice,” Bozzelli says. “The people we hire want to be part of that community; they need to be part of that community. We like to say ‘Embrace the mission; improve lives; change the world.’ The Inn allows us the opportunity to activate that mantra in a very powerful way.”
Dedicated to projects that make a difference, Sapient has made an invaluable impact on the children, their families and the research conducted at The NIH. Sapient takes its responsibility as a global citizen to heart by aiming to create a positive impact in the community,” Bozzelli says. Volunteer commitments with the Sapient team have ranged from helping prepare/serve meals and taking inventory in the kitchen to building furniture and even help winterizing the gardens.
Jennie Lucca, CEO of The Children’s Inn at NIH says Sapient is that rare corporate partner. “Sapient has really touched the Inn in so many ways from leveraging their professional skills, financial contributions or just lending hands to make our events successful,” Lucca says. “They’re that company we know we can always call on and ask for help, and they’ll deliver every time.”
For the past five years, Bozzelli and the Sapient team have worked in various roles supporting The Inn’s largest annual fundraiser “An Evening for Hope.” From serving as the event’s chair to sustaining sponsorships, Sapient’s involvement has included planning, video production, and on-site coordination. The event’s impact has increased year after year, generating nearly $1.2 million last year.
“I simply can’t say enough about the people at Sapient and how they have added value to our mission in every way,” Lucca says. “The Gala has evolved into one of this area’s marquee events and we owe a lot of that success directly to Sapient.”
Bozzelli says The Inn is such a special place and has impacted her and Sapient’s staff so profoundly. “It is so very powerful; if you saw it you would understand immediately why our partnership is one of the easiest commitments we make,” she says. “It is just so compelling, the compassion, the commitment. It’s hard to truly describe it with words.”