October 2017

How One Business “Lyft”ed Employee Participation To 90%

Based in San Francisco, Lyft is disrupting not only the transportation services industry but employee engagement as well. This month, the venture capital-backed company hosted a week of employee volunteer activities across the San Francisco Bay Area with an impressive participation rate of over 90%.

Read Lyft’s full story and how other Community Health Charities company partners are engaging with their employees.

American Express Kicks Off Giving Season

American Express kicked off the giving season and their workplace giving campaign with its 4th Annual Bingo-a-Thon. Community Health Charities works closely with American Express and was proud to be a part of this year’s event. Approximately 500 employees attended the kickoff that included food, prizes, and the chance to hear from and meet representatives from American Express’ charity partners.

Check out Community Health Charities’ Campaign Special Event Ideas toolkit for inspiration and ideas to get your team engaged.

Improve Your Heart Health

Charu Raheja, Community Health Charities board member, had no idea she was at risk for having a stroke until it happened to her. She describes the recovery process like “being two different people in the same lifetime.” Read her full recovery story.

October 29 is National Stroke Day. Share Community Health Charities’ Heart Health resources, 3 tips to maintaining heart health, and Charu’s advice on surviving and thriving after a stroke.

Help Us Earn GreatNonprofits’ 2017 Top Rating Again

GreatNonprofits is honoring highly regarded nonprofits with their 2017 Top-Rated List. Thanks to you, we earned the award in 2016, and now we’re asking for your help again.

Help us boost visibility for the work we do together to raise awareness and resources for health by posting a brief comment. It’s easy and only takes three minutes! Visit our webpage on GreatNonprofits and share your story.

Have We Created A Culture Of Bullying?

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Do your part to create a safe environment for kids at school: read our CEO Tom Bognanno’s piece on Huffington Post; support the End Bullying cause, and share bullying resources.

Study Shows Decline

Fewer Americans are donating to charity. According to a study done by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, only 24 percent of Americans made a charitable donation in 2015—that’s six to seven percent less than a decade earlier.

The majority of charitable donations are coming from taxpayers who earn $100,000 or more annually—changes in the economy and giving patterns are to blame for the middle class’ decrease in giving.

So, how do we work together to build stronger, healthier communities? Find the causes that are important to your employees. Community Health Charities creates customized surveys  to help you discover the causes your employees care about. Plus, we offer volunteer opportunities, health resources, workplace giving campaigns, and more.

You’re Invited: Creating Effective Partnerships with Corporate Functions

Do You Know American Liver Foundation?

October is Liver Awareness and Liver Cancer Months. At a recent Community Health Charities’ event in Colorado, American Liver Foundation shared health resources and helped a woman whose husband is awaiting a liver transplant.

American Liver Foundation’s CEO Tom Nealon walks the talk. He’s raised over $1.5 million for research since running his first Boston Marathon for the American Liver Foundation on behalf of his friend Zac, a child born with liver disease.

Read impact stories about our charity partners.

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 is one of the largest workplace giving campaigns in the world, raising $256 million annually.

The campaign runs October through January—support Community Health Charities’ charity partners this campaign season!

American Cancer Society Is Attacking Cancer From Every Angle

 

American Cancer Society recently launched their new tagline: Attacking From Every Angle. The campaign focuses on everything the charity does to support those living with cancer, beyond research: free rides to treatment, insurance advice, lodging, and more.

That’s what American Cancer Society has been doing for over 100 years: funding breakthrough treatment and tirelessly supporting cancer patients. Check out their new website and videos.

Rebuilding Lives After Disaster

Whether it’s Harvey, Irma, Maria, or Las Vegas, stand with those working to rebuild their lives: volunteer your time, whether you live in the affected area or are helping from a distance, raise awareness, share resources for those affected by the disaster, and support Disaster Response.

Long-term recovery and rebuilding takes time and resources, as it is more than supplies and buildings—it’s rebuilding and restoring the lives of individuals, children, and families.

Support Women This October

Approximately 252,710 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2017. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Take action for your own health and support the women in your life—mothers, daughters, wives, and friends by: sharing resources, supporting East Bay Breast Cancer and Women’s Health, and learning more about the top health issues affecting women.

Prioritize Mental Health And Wellbeing

October 10 was Mental Health Awareness Day. Continue this mindset of overall wellness into the rest of October by supporting Community Health Charities’ Mental Health and Wellbeing cause and sharing mental health resources.

Volunteer Toolbox: Craft Kids

Community Health Charities has easy onsite volunteer opportunities for your employees. This month’s featured tool is Craft Kits. One of the ways St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital creates a warm and comfortable environment is providing arts and crafts for patients. The Happy Cart Project provides materials for children while they are receiving care in the hospital or waiting for a loved one.

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

Additionally, find volunteer opportunities by zip code and keyword through our online search.

Campaign Resources: Coupon Book

Check out Community Health Charities’ library of campaign resources to help engage your employees and advance the causes you care about. This month’s featured resource is our Coupon Book: Incentivize campaign participation by rewarding employees with a coupon of appreciation. Determine incentives to offer, customize the coupon template, and share with your employees.

For more details and to explore the rest of our campaign tools, ideas, and guidelines, check out our Campaign Resources.