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Feb 2019

BJC HealthCare Donates $25,000 to Local Charities Nominated by Employees

When it comes to providing quality health care services and taking exceptional care of people, BJC HealthCare’s mission has remained steadfast since the St. Louis-based health system’s founding in 1993: “To improve the health of the people and communities we serve.”

In commemoration of the organization’s 25th anniversary in 2018, BJC invited employees to nominate a charitable organization that had personal meaning to them to receive part of $25,000 to support grassroots, local organizations with a shared mission of improving health, education, child/youth development, senior/disabled support or community-building.  

BJC employees responded with more than 100 nominations, which were subsequently evaluated by the St. Louis Community Foundation. The Foundation made recommendations on how to allocate the $25,000 total funding opportunity among these deserving nominations.

Thirteen organizations were chosen to receive donations ranging from $1,500 to $4,000. Selected charities span the St. Louis region, outstate Missouri and the Metro East, and support health, wellness, basic needs, youth and child development, education and behavioral health. All selected organizations and the employees who nominated them will be recognized at a reception in March. The charitable organizations receiving donations are:

            Burns Recovered                                            Maggie Welby Foundation

            Christian Activity Center East St. Louis         Shared Blessings, Inc.

            CJ’s Journey                                                    The Hayner Public Library District

            Every Child’s Hope                                         The Ollie Hinkle Heart Foundation

            Gateway to Hope                                           Voluntary Action Center

            Inn from the Storm                                        Whole Kids Outreach

            Jefferson County CASA

“As a nonprofit organization and one of the region’s largest employers, BJC works to be a good neighbor and community member, including support of charitable organizations that share a similar mission,” said Rich Liekweg, BJC president and CEO. “We hope these donations to some unsung heroes among charities can help support our collective missions in the communities we serve together.”

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