JAXPORT Increases Employee Participation in Annual Giving Campaign by 30 Percent Company Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: March 14, 2019March 14, 2019 Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT), a full-service, international trade seaport in Northeast Florida, just celebrated a 30 percent increase in employee participation in their 2018 Giving Campaign. Recently, JAXPORT presented Community Health Charities and other community partners with a check for more than $34,500. This year’s campaign marked a change in campaign leadership, and to encourage employee participation, JAXPORT held a drawing for Universal Studio tickets and Visa gift cards. The company also hosted a Thanksgiving Feast for employees, conducted their sixth annual golf tournament at Hidden Hills Country Club, and offered participating employees with a “Jeans Week” to wear jeans to work. “JAXPORT conducts this annual campaign to give our employees the opportunity to donate to health causes that resonate with them personally,” said Justin Damiano, JAXPORT’s Director of Government Affairs and 2018 campaign chair. “Their participation in this year’s campaign is evidence of the generosity of our employees, and of the heart they have for our community.” For more than 15 years, JAXPORT and its employees have partnered with Community Health Charities and other nonprofit partners to raise awareness and resources for health and wellness. During that time, JAXPORT and its employees have donated nearly $660,000 to support good causes in Northeast Florida. KampCo Uses Cupcakes and Cause Marketing Campaigns To Give Back Company Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: November 13, 2018November 13, 2018 KampCo Foods is committed to keeping it local while helping raise awareness and funds to give back. That’s why KampCo Foods partnered with Community Health Charities to build stronger, healthier communities during the upcoming year as a part of the KampCo Gives Back campaign. KampCo locations provide Generosity Jars plus host monthly #KampCoGivesBack nights benefiting different nonprofits. These monthly fundraisers occur at all nine of KampCo’s locations across Oklahoma and Texas, which include five Johnny Carino’s restaurants and four Kamp 1910 Café diners. “We have employees facing all kinds of health issues. As we look around at our employees and neighborhoods, and the communities around us, we see many needs,” said Randy Kamp, founder of KampCo. “We believe we have an obligation to use our resources to give back and we are excited to support such worthy causes and make a difference in our local communities.” The company promotes a nonprofit or special cause each month and encourages employees and customers to get involved. Each location hosts a monthly Give Back Night where diners can donate as well. KampCo kicked off the partnership in September by donating 10 percent of proceeds at all KampCo locations to Community Health Charities. The company’s October Give Back Night benefited The American Cancer Society’s #Real Men Where Pink, and the Oklahoma City Chapter of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. All month long a portion of sales from every strawberry cupcake was donated to support Breast Cancer Awareness. November’s charity, The Alzheimer’s Association of Oklahoma, is meaningful to the KampCo family. John Kamp, father of KampCo Foods founder Randy Kamp, suffered from Alzheimer’s prior to his passing on November 12, 2013. In memory of John, KampCo locations will donate proceeds from sales on November 12 to support the work to end Alzheimer’s. Check out the press release for more. *Pictured: KampCo Foods founder Randy Kamp Chesapeake Energy Energizes Employees Company Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: November 4, 2018 Chesapeake Energy, an oil and natural gas company headquartered in Oklahoma City, collaborates with local nonprofits to meet community needs and strengthen the places they call home. Currently, they have operation sites in six states: Louisiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wyoming. Recently, Chesapeake Energy and its employees held a Chesapeake for Kids Week to raise funds for Community Health Charities, Special Olympics, Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, and Children’s Hospital Foundation Oklahoma. The week’s events culminated with a children’s movie night, watching Peter Rabbit. Proceeds from donated concession items were contributed as part of Chesapeake’s CHC giving campaign, and children brought in their piggy banks to donate “Change for Change.” These “give back” weeks continue throughout the year as a way to raise awareness and introduce employees to a variety of Community Health Charities partners. Interested in hosting give back weeks or a similar event? Peruse our list of campaign special event ideas available in our campaign tools playbook or contact us at [email protected] to help you find one perfect for your company! Oklahoma City Dodgers Hit a Homerun for Health Company Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: November 4, 2018November 6, 2018 The Oklahoma City Dodgers, a Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, partnered with the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board and Community Health Charities to host American Indian Health Fund Night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark on August 17, 2018. The baseball team provided tickets at a discounted rate and donated $2 from every game ticket sold to the American Indian Health Fund, a collaboration between the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board and CHC. Fans that attended received a free limited edition OKC Dodgers hat, game program and a post-game fireworks show. The fundraiser was so successful that the OKC Dodgers are already planning a repeat in 2019. “We consider ourselves an important community asset and we have 70 baseball games throughout every season that we try to identify groups of people that want to come out and have an enjoyable activity together,” said OKC Dodgers President and General Manager Michael Byrnes. “It’s interesting how everyone connects to the game of baseball.” The Southern Plains Tribal Health Board is a nonprofit in Oklahoma City that acts as the unified voice for the 43 federally recognized tribes located in the states of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Community Health Charities raises awareness and financial resources for health and wellbeing. The American Indian Health Fund provides critical resources to improve the health of American Indians who are disproportionately affected by long-term health challenges that in many cases can be prevented. Read media coverage about the Fund launch or news and video about the OKC Dodgers partnership. JEA’s Proven Methods For Success Company Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: August 6, 2018 JEA, a publicly owned electric utility company, annually raises over $50,000 during their workplace giving campaign—peaking at $73,104 in 2014. How do they do it? Passionate employees, an organizational culture of giving back, and following tried and true methods of employee engagement and workplace giving. JEA’s 2018 campaign ran from April—June and was themed “Many Hands Doing What We Can To Help.” The campaign committee hosted a basketball tournament, charity walk, flag football tournament, and talent show to unite employees and excite them about giving back to the community. Community Health Charities also created personalized communications for JEA, including charity one-pagers, stories of impact, and sending charity speakers to JEA events. “At JEA, we have approximately 35 different departments that hold their own CHC rallies. These rallies can range from 15 people to well over 100. When a speaker from a CHC charity attends and speaks of the difference their organization can make in the lives of someone who is worthy of the assistance, it makes that particular charity seem ‘real.’ We can put ourselves in that person or family’s situation and can appreciate the love, kindness, support and friendship of those who give so much of their time to help others in need.”—Tia Kalina, Administrative Support, Brandy Branch Generating Station Check out the Giving And Engagement Case Study: JEA for proven methods on engaging employees, communicating with employees, setting up your campaign team, fundraising, and more. Donan Engages Employees Across The Country With GivingMatters365 Company Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: April 23, 2018 Donan knows that the key to a successful workplace giving campaign is simple: Support employees giving back to their communities. The Kentucky-based forensic engineering company has 300 employees across the country. Despite the distance, the organization keeps employees engaged with GivingMatters365, Community Health Charities’ customizable online giving portal. The portal features Donan’s logo and campaign theme—“Let’s make a difference together.” Leadership means it when they say “together.” The organization offers a 50% match of employee contributions, helping employees enhance their impact on their community. Donan allows employees to use the GivingMatters365 portal to support any charity or cause important to them, ranging from Kentucky and other state based charities where they have presence, to our national charities, or our Signature Causes. This freedom has proven effective: The campaign has raised an average of $25,000, peaking in 2017 at $35,000. “The support of the GivingMatters team has rocketed the success of our campaign! The amount of attention and guidance they provide is top of the line,” said Heather Fuqua, Human Resource Generalist at Donan. “The GivingMatters sites allows our employees from coast to coast to participate and make a difference in their community and in addition allows Donan to make a difference in the employees community as well. We love our partnership with Community Health Charites!” Community Health Charities offers giving options, causes, campaign materials, and more. Learn more about GivingMatters365 and how our other customizable platforms could help your organization meet its workplace giving and employee engagement goals. Judy’s Story: Bladder Cancer Charity Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: February 20, 2018 The third time Judy Halter heard the words, “You have cancer,” she panicked. “I knew there was a possibility that my time here could definitely be shortened,” she said. But even more than her diagnosis of bladder cancer, Judy says she worried about how she was going to get to treatment. At age 76, Judy no longer drove more than a few miles away from home for fear of getting lost and had no way of getting to all her appointments. “I didn’t know what I was going to do,” said Halter. In desperation, she called American Cancer Society asking for guidance. Judy was immediately connected to a program that could help. Through the program, volunteers donate their spare time and personal vehicle to drive cancer patients in their community to treatment appointments. Judy was matched with two drivers who had both been cancer patients themselves. Since she began treatment a year and a half ago, Judy says she has never missed an appointment. Daniel’s Story: Homelessness Charity Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: February 20, 2018February 21, 2018 Before finding Covenant House, Daniel was living in the streets after escaping an abusive home. “My dad was addicted to meth and drank a lot,” said Daniel. “He abused my mom [and] sexually abused me for years. And no one knew.” Daniel’s father’s addiction spiraled out of control after Daniel’s mother left. “I thought she would take us with her, but I guess she was just too scared,” sad Daniel. His father stopped going to work, and they were evicted. His father’s abuse didn’t end when they had to move in with family friends. “I used to sleep in the truck outside because I was so afraid to be in the same house with him,” said Daniel. It wasn’t long before this innocent child faced a choice none of us should have to make: remain in a violent home or risk the dangers of the streets. Daniel chose the streets. “When I was 15, I started getting into a lot of fights and ended up dropping out of school,” Daniel said. “One day, I was on the street with one of my friends and a group of boys started taunting us. I ended up trying to ‘handle them,’ and they took out a gun and shot my friend right in the face. To this day I blame myself for his death and that we didn’t just walk away,” he said. Sexually abused by his father. Abandoned by his mother. His best friend shot to death in front of him. All before he was 18. Daniel has since found shelter, care, ongoing support, and unconditional love at Covenant House. Covenant House staff are working to help Daniel believe in himself and his future, and that he can change his life for the better. Nico’s Story: Diabetes Charity Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: February 20, 2018April 25, 2018 Six-year-old Nico was diagnosed with diabetes in 2014. The diagnosis meant that his mother, Jodi, had to quickly learn about diabetes, including how to care for Nico on a daily basis, give him insulin shots, and spot the warning signs of a diabetic emergency. The school feared a lawsuit if any of its school staff gave Nico his shots, so Jodi became his caregiver at school. She traveled from her home office to Nico’s school around noon each day to give him an insulin shot. This continued for several months. Because nobody at the school was trained about diabetes, Nico was also unable to participate in after-school programs and activities. The entire situation was frustrating for the family and Nico. Jodi contacted American Diabetes Association for help, and learned about Nico’s rights. Under federal law, Nico’s school had to provide him proper diabetic care. School staff were trained in diabetic care, giving Nico and his family the support they need. Jim & Leslie’s Story: Mantle Cell Lymphoma & Stomach Cancer Charity Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: February 20, 2018February 20, 2018 Jim and Leslie Donigan have been married for almost 50 years. Currently retired with three adult children, they have both faced a cancer diagnosis and are in remission today. In October of 2003, Leslie was diagnosed with GIST (Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors), a stomach cancer, and was told it was terminal. But then her doctor tried a medication intended for blood cancer—and it worked. The treatment that saved her life resulted directly from blood cancer research funded by Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Then, in May 2016, Jim faced a mantle cell lymphoma diagnosis. Once again, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society funds dedicated to research were critical in advancing this therapy. Between two cancer diagnoses, the family faced serious financial hardships. Jim relied on Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s co-pay assistance program to help pay for his treatment. Today, both Leslie and Jim are doing well. “There is hope. Never give up,” says Jim. They are thankful for the investment in blood cancer research, which saved both their lives. Jim and Leslie Dakota Electric Raises Over $29,000 By Valuing Employees Company Partner Impact Posted on: February 8, 2018February 8, 2018 According to Forbes, 77% of employees believe health and wellness programs positively impact the culture at work, yet only 55% of organizations practice workplace wellness initiatives—Is your company one of the few not valuing employee wellbeing? Dakota Electric Association leadership values employee wellness, focusing on keeping employees healthy and engaged all year—not exclusively during workplace giving campaigns. At Dakota Electric, leadership listens to employees and their health concerns, and then invites local Minnesota Community Health Charities’ charity partners to the office for educational programs. Employees interact with the health issues that are important to them, engage with local charities, and learn healthy practices to use in their own lives. Dakota Electric holds these educational wellness events throughout the year. Dakota Electric’s consistent focus on health culminated during their 2017 week-long workplace giving campaign, Dakota Cares, with employees raising over $29,000 for Community Health Charities and other charities. Dakota Electric employees hosted a pledge drive and a variety of fundraising events, such as a sporting clay shoot, silent auctions, special meals, and more. “The employees stepped up to the challenge” President and CEO Greg Miller said. “It’s nice we can raise a significant amount of money to support these great causes. My thanks to the committee for all their hard work.” Want to impact and engage your employees? Learn how you can use the results to customize a wellness and giving campaign tailored to your team. ELKAY Manufacturing Increases Employee Participation By 25% Company Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: December 18, 2017December 19, 2017 Research shows that 70% of all U.S. employees would be more loyal to a company that helps them contribute to social and environmental issues. Plus, our proprietary research shows that 85% of consumers prefer to give to local charities, making a difference right where they live and work. Maximize your employee’s potential by maximizing the impact they can have on their communities; it worked for Elkay Manufacturing. Elkay Manufacturing has nearly doubled their workplace giving campaign since 2014, raising over $107,000 in 2017—a nearly 25% increase from their 2016 campaign. The secret? Providing ways for their employees to support the causes important to them. Community Health Charities provided Elkay manufacturing with charities relevant to the causes employees cared about both locally to company headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, and nationally. The company matched pledges, making it easier for employees to have a large impact—and 49.4% of employees did. “The ease and efficiency allows employees to support charities important to them from East to West coast,” said Elkay’s Linda Carlisle of Corporate Communications. “Instead of writing hundreds of checks, we write one check annually and Community Health Charities disperses it.” To create a personalized campaign like Elkay Manufacturing did, utilize the Community Health Charities’ survey (this is a sample; we’ll customize one for you) to find the issues important to your employees. Then, work with a Community Health Charities representative to create a custom cause for your organization. SFM Mutual Insurance Works Hands On To Give Back Company Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: December 18, 2017December 19, 2017 Workplace giving isn’t solely about meeting CSR or company goals—it’s engaging employees by helping them give back to their communities. SFM Mutual Insurance knows this first hand. For their second annual giving campaign with Community Health Charities, the company focused on giving employees the opportunity to work hands-on with the charity partners they support. Employees gathered in the office to pin teal ribbons to awareness cards for the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance, helping the charity spread awareness and resources throughout the year. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) giving tree was set up in the office’s lobby, with ornaments featuring wish list items for people hospitalized during the holiday season. Employees created glurch, a toy slime, for Fraser and the children and individuals it supports. The office also sponsored a family of seven living with cancer: In exchange for a $20 gift of support for the Angel Foundation, employees were permitted to dress down from the usual business casual to casual clothing for a week. SFM Mutual Insurance’s engagement strategy works—the previous year’s campaign raised over $13,000. Take a page out of SFM Mutual Insurance’s book—or our Volunteer on the Spot Toolkit—for your next campaign. Check out our volunteer opportunity locator to find charities in your area that need your help, and contact [email protected] to set up a workplace giving campaign of your own Employee Engagement: An Event Every Day is the Northern Tool + Equipment Way Company Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: November 6, 2017November 14, 2017 To keep employees engaged, Northern Tool hosted an event every single day of their two-week giving campaign. It’s the fourth annual campaign with Community Health Charities. The events centered on giving back to the community, and included impact speakers and volunteer activities benefiting partner charities. However, supporting the community doesn’t always have to be serious. The more lighthearted events included human bowling with tennis balls, candy grams, and birdhouse building for a charity partner. Northern Tool hosted a “thank you” breakfast on the last day of the campaign to show appreciation for employee participation. In addition to the daily events, Northern Tools’ team sent an email every morning updating employees on campaign progress and upcoming events. A fundraising thermometer in the lobby reminded employees of the progress they had made toward their goal, as well as the work that still needed to be done. The owners of Northern Tool generously matched employee donations, as they have each year. Northern Tool’s community focus doesn’t end with the annual giving campaign—it lasts all year. The company consistently provides outlets for its employees to work with the causes they care about. For example, full-time staff at Northern Tool are given a paid day off every year to volunteer with a charity of their choice, plus the company hosts holiday drives to collect toys and donations for local charities and shelters. Medica Raises Over $370,000 By Celebrating, Together Company Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: November 3, 2017December 13, 2017 Together, we don’t just give—we celebrate! Community Health Charities company partner Medica’s 2017 “Together We” giving campaign didn’t just focus on fundraising. Instead, it focused on uniting the Medica community around a single cause: Together we can make a difference. The campaign kicked off with a picnic with over 900 Medica employees. The picnic lunch was emceed by “Medtallica,” a band comprised of Medica employees. When the bass player unexpectedly wasn’t able to attend, a board member stepped up and jammed impromptu with the band. The rest of the campaign was filled with events to keep spirits high, including a community showcase, raffles for parking spots, candy grams, service day projects, and a silent auction. The campaign ended with canoe races where the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners received a check to donate to their charity of choice, executives singing karaoke and a celebration of everything the Medica team did for their community, both volunteering and fundraising. Employees tied 20 blankets for a local charity partner, created 375 detergent packets, collected 500 bracelet kits for children in hospitals, and raised over $370,000 for charity partners. Looking to host a giving celebration like Medica? Use our Volunteering on the Spot toolkit to find easy volunteer activities, like Medica’s tie-blankets, to engage your employees and build stronger, healthier communities. How One Business “Lyft”ed Employee Participation to 90% Company Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: October 19, 2017October 25, 2017 Looking to engage employees? Try Lyft’s route: Promoting employee wellness and community involvement. Based in San Francisco, Lyft is disrupting not only the transportation services industry, but employee engagement as well. This month, the VC-backed company hosted a week of employee volunteer activities across the San Francisco Bay Area with an impressive employee participation rate of over 90%. Employees donated their time to help those in need – women, men, children— and even animals, with over 25 local charities participating in Lyft’s week of giving back to the community. Community Health Charities was a proud partner in Lyft’s employee engagement efforts and assisted with coordinating volunteer activities for Lyft employees: – Covenant House California – serving at-risk youth. Young people staying at Covenant House were invited to Lyft’s corporate headquarters for an executive panelist discussion on career paths, a company-wide outdoor barbeque lunch, and a tour of Lyft’s colorful offices. It was a rewarding experience for the young residents at Covenant House– inspiring them that anything is possible with focus and determination. – Ronald McDonald Houses of both San Francisco and Stanford – improving the health and well-being of hospitalized children and their families through supportive programs, such as housing and meals. Lyft employees prepared healthy dinners for resident families at two local Ronald McDonald House facilities – San Francisco Mission Bay and Stanford.. In addition, other Lyft employees assembled Halloween gift bags for the Ronald McDonald House children and their siblings. – WildCare – rescuing wildlife in Northern California. Lyft employees from all over the Bay Area rolled-up their sleeves to build and paint a climbing structure for one of WildCare’s permanent residents, a blind possum. It was a day of team-building and creativity, followed by a tour of the WildCare facility. – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – pioneering research and treatment for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The hospital costs approximately $2.6 million a day to run, and there is no cost to be treated. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital relies heavily on donor contributions and fundraising events such as the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer in late September. At St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s San Francisco office, Lyft employees rolled-up their sleeves again—this time to write thank you notes to generous donors and corporate partners who had participated in the Walk/Run. Michael Foods Involves Employees From Start to Finish Company Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: October 4, 2017October 13, 2017 How do you get your employees involved in workplace giving campaigns? Michael Foods does it by having them involved in the planning process from start to finish. Michael Foods is a seasoned Community Health Charities partner. They’ve found that their campaigns raise the most funds when employees join committees to handle campaign communication, monitor pledging, organize kick-off events, and more. This year, employees staffed the Buzz Committee to get the word out about upcoming campaign events. Employees emailed a video every morning with campaign updates, walked around the office selling compliments grams— sometimes even while wearing a chicken costume, put lollipops with campaign information on employees’ desks, and hosted a departmental can drive competition that collected canned goods to deliver to charity. The Events Committee organized an executive relay race, sold ice cream from an ice cream truck, and hosted lunchtime bingo to raise money. The best way to get your team excited about your campaign is by getting them involved. Check out Community Health Charities’ campaign resources and engagement resources to get your office more engaged. Spirit HR Gives its Clients a Way to Give Company Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: September 12, 2017 What’s even better than one workplace giving campaign? Helping your clients’ workplaces give to the causes they care about too! Spirit HR, a professional employer organization that businesses use to outsource employee management tasks like HR, benefits and payroll, partnered with Community Health Charities to do just that. Their online portal, Spirit HR Gives, makes it easy for employees at client companies to support the causes and organizations important to them. “We believe in supporting causes that help better the lives of those in our community and the Spirit HR Gives program is a perfect outlet,” explained CEO Dale Hageman. “Providing an easy way for our internal and worksite employees to contribute to their favorite charities is just another example of how we use our technology to enhance the employment experience. Learn more about workplace giving and the impact you and your employees can cause. Sportsman’s Guide Puts the Fun in Fundraising Company Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: August 29, 2017August 29, 2017 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. This was the first year Sportsman’s Guide hosted a carnival for employees. The event was held during lunch breaks and featured all the traditional aspects of a carnival: a variety of games, a prize table, authentic Mexican and Salvadorian cuisine, cotton candy, popcorn, and most importantly—a dunk tank. The carnival raised funds three ways: the purchase of tickets used for games and food, sales of an employee-created cookbook, and shots at the dunk tank. Management volunteered to be dunked, resulting in the dunk tank alone raising nearly $700! Participants could either pay $5 for 3 balls or $20 to simply push the button and dunk their supervisors. Giving back causes a serious impact, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun doing it! Colton’s Story: Brain Cancer Charity Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: August 21, 2017February 20, 2018 Doctors discovered Colton suffered from a high grade glioma tumor in September, and shortly after he underwent brain surgery. Colton’s family then turned to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for his continuing treatment, including chemotherapy. “St. Jude spares no expense,” said Colton’s mom, Colleen. “It doesn’t matter the cost, they’re going to do what’s in the best interest of my child. The attitude is not to wait and see if something happens, but rather to make sure nothing happens.” Betty and Oliver’s Story: Service Animal Charity Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: August 21, 2017February 20, 2018 Oliver was placed in an animal shelter. He was sick, and showed signs of past abuse. He had few adoption prospects, but as a fierce advocate for rescue dogs, Betty, decided to give him a chance. Betty noticed Oliver’s sweet disposition and decided he would be a great addition to her growing therapy dog team. Betty and Oliver began training, quickly passed their evaluation, and soon after became a Pet Partners registered therapy animal team. Oliver now visits nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals, and domestic violence shelters. Oliver shows unconditional love to others even with his painful history. Blake’s Story: Organ Transplant Charity Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: August 21, 2017February 20, 2018 “His heart is here! Wake up!” Blake will never forget waking up to these words when her father received the call that would save his life and change the course of hers forever. Blake felt helpless when her father was on the waiting list, but after his successful transplant, she found a calling in spreading the word about organ and tissue donation. Blake became a NJ Sharing Network Ambassador at 13, and continues to share her story. She founded the Donate Life club at her high school, leads a 5k Celebration team, and plans to continue her efforts in college. “I am inspired by my Dad’s story, the honorable donors, and the students who have told me they changed their license to reflect ‘organ donor. “ Douglas’ Story: Chronic Kidney Disease Charity Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: August 21, 2017February 20, 2018 During their 19-week ultrasound appointment, Sherry and RH’s excitement turned to terror when they were told their son’s bladder was abnormally large. To save their baby’s life, Sherry underwent fetal surgery. When Douglas was born, he was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, and a rare birth defect called prune belly syndrome. Yearning for answers and action, Sherry received resources from National Kidney Foundation, and began personally spreading the word about kidney disease. Now almost three, Douglas has already been through 15 surgeries, but remains a happy, active little boy who loves tractors, Mickey Mouse, and playing with his older sister. Despite the many challenges he faces, his parents know he’s strong enough for the fight. His mother reflects on their health journey: “I want everyone to know about kidney disease, for people to get tested to become living donors. Not just for our son when the time comes, but for others waiting for the gift of life.” Natalie and Kohlie’s Story: Service Animal Charity Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: August 21, 2017February 20, 2018 Natalie has a very rare auto-immune disorder that causes blood clots. It took months to receive a diagnosis and in that time, it did substantial damage both physically and cognitively. While she realizes she is fortunate to be alive, Natalie experienced multiple brain infractions that impacted her spatial orientation and balance. Freedom Service Dogs of America helped give Natalie her freedom back, with a service dog named Kohlie. Kohlie has been a life-changing gift, as she assists Natalie with bracing, balancing, and retrieving things that drop so that Natalie can avoid leaning over. Natalie lives alone, but with Kohlie by her side, she has the comfort and confidence to travel, and was even able to visit her daughter in California. “I waited for two and a half years for Kohlie. During that time, I was essentially house bound unless someone accompanied me, but now Kohlie and I go everywhere together. She gave me the freedom to be independent. She gave me my life back.” Griffin’s Story: Bone Cancer Charity Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: August 21, 2017February 20, 2018 A CT scan and a biopsy confirmed that a mass in Griffin’s pelvis was Ewing Sarcoma, a type of bone cancer that occurs most often in and around the bones and typically affects children and young adults. Every time Jill arrived at the hospital for her 8-year-old son Griffin’s chemotherapy treatment for Ewing Sarcoma, she posted signs and drawings on the blank hospital room walls. One sign hung above Griffin’s bed and his IV pole: “GriffinStrong,” it said, with the scribbled signatures of his classmates. “Childhood cancer works overtime to destroy families. It does to children what even strong adults crumble beneath,” says Jill. As Griffin left his last treatment, he had advice for other kids going through sickness just like him. True to the motto he has kept with him through it all, he says, “Stay strong. You can do it.” Story provided by Children’s Cancer Research Fund. Paula’s Story: Alzheimer’s Charity Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: August 21, 2017February 20, 2018 Latinos and women are among the populations disproportionately affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Paula Meza falls into both demographics, however, she was unfamiliar with Alzheimer’s until her mother, Hermina, was diagnosed. Hermina’s extensive medical needs in addition to working full time and being a student, quickly overwhelmed Paula. Paula began to feel desperate and unfit to manage her mother’s care. Then, a co-worker referred Paula to the Alzheimer’s Association. Although hesitant, Paula quickly felt supported by receiving educational materials in Spanish and connecting with a Spanish speaking outreach coordinator who continues to check in with the Meza family. Financial Services Company Makes Health A Priority Company Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: August 16, 2017 Amidst the 2007 worldwide financial crisis, a large financial services firm looked inward to ensure the health and wellbeing of their employees during the chaos. What they found was bleak: Growing medical costs, underutilized employee wellness centers, lengthy medical follow-throughs, and poor medication protocols among employees. Their solution? Realigning company priorities—linking health and key top-line metrics. They partnered with Community Health Charities to support their transition: They emphasized employee outreach, hired dedicated medical teams, focused on individualized support, created health and wellness incentives, and tracked employee progress. The results? Employees were empowered to take control of their health: 85% of participants found the program extremely helpful. 32% saw a doctor. 54% started an exercise program. This led to reductions in healthcare expenditures, enhanced employee engagement, and reductions in healthcare expenditures. Employee wellness doesn’t just increase your bottom line—it increases the happiness and performance of your entire team. Perk Place Café Caffeinates For A Cause Company Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: August 16, 2017August 16, 2017 Jeff and Natalie Meyer opened Perk Place cafe three years ago in Oklahoma City with a simple business model: giving back. Since then, the coffee shop has expanded to two more locations in Oklahoma. Each of Perk Place’s locations donates 25 cents of every transaction to their desired charities. Along with their primary cause, Perk Place highlights a different nonprofit every month. The coffee is free from 7 to 8 AM, encouraging patrons to donate to the “generosity jar” in honor of the chosen charity. Perk Place has partnered with Community Health Charities to spotlight a variety of our charity partners; collecting an average of $400 per month for our charity partners. Thus far, Sharing Tree/Christmas Connection, Children’s Hospital Foundation, Limbs for Life, American Cancer Society, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Alzheimer’s Association, American Heart Association, and the Epilepsy Foundation of Oklahoma have been highlighted. Our partnership has helped multiple local and national charity partners raise health awareness and resources. In the words of Perk Place, “generosity rules.” S&C Electric Company Grows Giving By 36% Company Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: August 10, 2017August 30, 2017 S&C Electric Company, an electric power switching, protection, and control systems company headquartered in Chicago, had their most successful giving campaign to date this year, raising $98,000 for Community Health Charities. How’d they do it? Friendly competition. Departments competed to have the highest percentage of team members donate to the cause, no matter the size of the donation. The campaign theme was “Our Giving is Growing,” and the campus was covered in posters of trees with empty leaves. Departments earned differently colored leaves on the posters as their participation increased. Team members who donated $5 or more earned an “I’m a S&C Giver” t-shirt and an ice cream social at the end of the campaign—by then, the campus was a sea of t-shirts. Over 50% of S&C team members donated, causing the 2017 campaign total to grow by 36% from the year before. While the campaign lasted two weeks, S&C supports team members giving and volunteering in their communities throughout the year—it’s a part of S &C’s tradition of being a good corporate citizen. S&C Electric Company is a Community Health Charities partner committed to employee engagement. Nevaeh Dives into a Seriously Fun Summer Charity Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: March 26, 2017August 14, 2017 At SeriousFun camps, children living with serious illnesses get to experience many firsts. For eight-year-old Nevaeh, who attended Transplant Week at North Star Reach in Michigan, it was her first time to ever swim in a lake. On the first day of camp, when she first touched the water, she was timid and scared. Two days later, she was running full force into the lake toward her new friends with an exuberant grin on her face. Your support gives children like Nevaeh the opportunity to take healthy risks in a safe and nurturing environment. Maxwell’s Story Charity Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: January 31, 2017August 14, 2017 Maxwell was diagnosed before birth with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), a birth defect where the left-side of the heart is underdeveloped, affecting normal blood flow. It can be fatal if untreated. Maxwell’s prenatal diagnosis gave his parents the chance to meet with cardiologists and surgeons and intervene early. After birth, he remained hospitalized on a feeding tube for over a month. When he was three months old, Maxwell had a second surgery, and two years later he received heart catheterization. Maxwell is now living with a single ventricle, and has only been in circulatory arrest one time since. Maxwell’s story gives hope to other parents that all kids can have a fighting chance to be healthy and happy. Rose’s Story Charity Partner Impact Posted on: January 11, 2017October 4, 2017 Rose was kidnapped off a city street by two men. One pushed Rose in the car and punched her in the face. He would later become her pimp. Rose’s life quickly spiraled into a nightmare of exploitation, rape and servitude. Rose wanted to fight back, but he threatened to kill her family. He reminded her that he knew her address – and what her little sister looked like. Finally, an old friend recognized Rose and helped her run to a relative’s house. Unable to reconnect with her family or friends, Rose became homeless. She spent three nights on buses before entering the city shelter system. Thankfully, she found Covenant House. Rose can still barely stand to be touched, almost three years after escaping. But she is learning how to heal – slowly but surely. Dale’s Story Charity Partner Impact Our Impact Posted on: November 14, 2016August 14, 2017 Iraq War veteran and Purple Heart recipient Dale Beatty remembers the day his life changed forever. On November 15, 2004, Dale was injured when an IED explosion flipped his Humvee, causing him to lose both legs. “It’s amazing how clear everything becomes when you think your next breath could be your last,” Dale says. Thanks to Fisher House Foundation, Dale’s wife and children were able to stay by his side throughout the recovery and rehabilitation process and received the emotional support they all needed to heal. “Without Fisher House, I don’t know what my prognosis would have been, or where I would be now not having my family next to me.” Today, Dale plays in a band, golfs and works to help other veterans. “I remain forever grateful,” he says.