November 2017

WIN $500 BY  POSTING YOUR HEALTHY SELFIE THIS #GIVINGTUESDAY

As the holiday season approaches and you consider what you’ve been grateful for in 2017, #GivingTuesday is a great time to start thinking of ways to give back to your community and the causes important to you. This year, join us for #GivingTuesday on November 28 with one of our six ways to give and learn how to win $500 for a charity partner of your choice with a #healthyselfie.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TAX REFORM AND CHARITY

Read “Tax Reform Talk Muddies Giving To Charity: What You Need To Know” in NASDAQ and Investor Business Daily. The articles feature Community Health Charities’ CEO Tom Bognanno and his thoughts on how tax reform “would remove the tax incentive for some $95 billion of annual charitable giving and could result in a loss of up to $14 billion in donations.”

SPORTSMAN’S GUIDE PUTS THE FUN IN FUNDRAISING

The best way to incentivize employees? According to Sportsman’s Guide, it’s simple: Fun!

Sportsman’s Guide doesn’t utilize traditional workplace giving campaigns—there are no payroll deductions. Instead, the company hosts a week of fun events designed to engage employees and get them excited about giving back to the community. All of the week’s fundraising goes directly to Community Health Charities. This year’s week of activity included a raffle for parking garage spaces, candy grams, and vacation time donations, a product sample sale, an impact speaker from a charity partner, a silent auction, and the crowd favorite: a carnival.

Read the full story and learn how more of our company partners are building stronger, healthier communities.

ADDICTED: ONE DOCTOR’S TAKE ON THE OPIOID CRISIS

“The face of opioid addiction has changed. Although still in existence, images of the poor, minorities, derelicts, and those on the fringe of society have been replaced by images of the rich, famous, young, and white.” Read Dr. Frank James’ exposé on the addiction industry.

SHOW SOME LOVE WITH THE COMBINED FEDERAL CAMPAIGN

Military and Federal employees are eligible to participate in the 2017 Combined Federal Campaign. The federal workplace giving tradition has raised more than $8 billion since its beginning in 1961, making it the world’s largest workplace giving campaign. The campaign runs through January 12—support Community Health Charities’ charity partners this campaign season!

KEEP YOUR LUNGS HEALTHY: COMPLETE THE LUNG CANCER RISK QUIZ

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Take the American Lung Association’s Lung Cancer Risk Quiz and find out how susceptible you and your loved ones are to lung cancer. Then, take active steps to keep your lungs healthy.

DRIVE FOR A CURE TO DIABETES THIS NOVEMBER

One in 11 Americans has diabetes. That is 30.3 million people.

November is National Diabetes Month. Whether you or a loved one are living with diabetes or are simply looking to learn more about the condition, check out our health resources and support Drive for a Cure.

MANAGE STRESS FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS

In most cases, caregiving is a labor of love; however, the demands are undeniable. Being a caregiver requires a whole new set of tasks and commitments.

November is National Family Caregivers Month. If you’re a caregiver for a loved one, prioritize your self-care this month. As the holiday season approaches follow the advice of our CEO’s Tom Bognanno on managing caregiver stress.

TWO-THIRDS OF THOSE DIAGNOSED WITH ALZHEIMERS ARE WOMEN

More than 5 million people in the U.S. are living with Alzheimer’s. Individuals over the age of 65 are at risk, and one in three people over 85 have been diagnosed with the condition. Almost two-thirds of people developing Alzheimer’s are women.

November is National Alzheimer’s month. This month, take action to help your friends, parents, grandparents, and loved ones living with this disease. Learn the key symptoms of Alzheimer’s, share Alzheimer’s resources, and support Women’s Health.

FOUR WAYS TO FIGHT FOR OUR VETERANS

Out of an estimated 18.5 million military veterans in the United States, four million are living with a service-connected disability. One in four military members show signs of posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, or other mental health condition. They’ve sacrificed and served our country. They fought for us. Now it’s time to fight for them. Find four ways to serve our servicemen all year long.

IMPACT THE LIVES OF SUICIDE SURVIVORS

1 in 5 adults have a mental health condition. 1 in 5 youth experiences a severe mental disorder. 300 million people around the world are living with depression. Survivors Day is November 18. If you or a loved one is a survivor of someone who died by suicide, seek support this month. Utilize our mental health resources, support Mental Health and Wellbeing, and share your story of encouragement with WriteCause.

GREATNONPROFITS NAMES COMMUNITY HEALTH CHARITIES A 2017 TOP-RATED NONPROFIT

Thanks to you, we’re a Top-Rated Nonprofit for the second year in a row!  This means that you, our board members, our volunteers, and our donors chose us as a charity they love working with and trust. Thank you to everyone who shared their story and helped spread word of all the good we’re doing, together.

VOLUNTEER TOOLBOX: WAITING ROOM FUN BAGS

This month’s featured tool is Waiting Room Fun Bags. It’s hard to sit still and wait in the hospital or doctor’s office. Help brighten a child’s day with busy bags or fun bags. Fill a sealed, zippered plastic bag with activities. Make bags age-specific but generic enough for a boy or a girl.

This volunteer opportunity, and many more, are available in our “Volunteer On the Spot” toolkit.

CAMPAIGN RESOURCES: OLYMPIC CAMPAIGN

This month’s featured resource is an Olympics-Themed Campaign Plan.  Kick off your workplace giving campaign with a breakfast of champions; host office competitions complete with gold, silver, and bronze medals; and hold a closing ceremony.  For more details and to explore the rest of our campaign tools, ideas, and guidelines, check out our Campaign Resources.