Team Members Surpass Goal to Make Our World Better
Team members across BJC unified to improve people’s health and well-being with a combined $1.404 million in pledges and donations for the 2017 United Way-Jewish Federation campaign. The campaign total exceeded the BJC-wide goal of $1.4 million and record-breaking $1.31 million raised in 2016.
“Our country experienced natural disasters and tragedies this year, and our teammates across BJC were still able to focus on our shared mission to care for our local communities through our annual United Way campaign,” says Michele McKee, St. Louis Children’s Hospital vice president of finance and strategic planning, and BJC campaign lead. “Together, our collaborative efforts will have an even bigger impact on making our world a better place by providing a safety net for those in need.”
All gifts to United Way will remain local to support programs and non-profits that help people living in communities BJC serves. Contributions to Jewish Federation of St. Louis will help local, national and international agencies and services.
“Thank you to the campaign teams across BJC and those who participated, at every level, to support this important cause,” says McKee.
United Way Activities Strengthen Teamwork and Communities
Team members can connect with one another while volunteering to make their communities better. Departments that work at BJC @ the Commons and Progress West Hospital partnered with United Way of Greater St. Louis to help local agencies through its “Service 2 Go” volunteer program.
If your team or department would like to explore volunteer activities that can also help with team building, visit stlvolunteer.org/corporate-engagement to learn more about United Way of Greater St. Louis Volunteer Center offerings.
Team members at BJC @ the Commons assembled 250 “smile kits” for Grace Hill Settlement House, a United Way agency that helps individuals, families and communities be strong and self-sustaining through comprehensive support for daily life.
The kits included toothpaste, a toothbrush, a timer, floss, colored pencils and a coloring book about proper dental hygiene. Participants wrote and decorated personal notes of encouragement to let each recipient know that taking care of one’s smile is important for overall health.
Progress West Hospital team members made 200 “comfort kits” for American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge guests and Lutheran Senior Services clients. They packed nonperishable food items, crossword books, playing cards, antibacterial wipes and tubes of lip balm into colorful totes.
The volunteers also wrote and decorated letters for the kits. Cards to promote United Way’s 2-1-1 program, a free and confidential helpline (and website, 211.org) that connects people with essential health and human services, were also included.
Make Our World Better by Helping People in Need
Throughout the year, you can help improve communities BJC serves by volunteering for a non-profit agency supported by United Way or Jewish Federation. Find volunteer opportunities in your local community by visiting these websites:
Franklin County Area United Way
Heart of Missouri United Way
United Way of Greater St. Louis
United Way of St. Francois County
Jewish Federation of St. Louis