Habitat for Humanity of York County Workday
On Saturday, August 4, 2012 nearly 30 Carolinas HealthCare System teammates volunteered for the Habitat for Humanity workday in York, South Carolina. CHS teammates worked together to install roof trusses, siding, blue board and hurricane straps and accomplished more than they could have imagined!
Lynn Tollison, Practice Manager at Rock Hill Pediatrics in Fort Mill, summed up the day best when she proclaimed, "It was amazing to me to see that house take shape right before our very eyes!"
The Habitat for Humanity build demonstrates the continued commitment of CHS employees to give back to the communities in which they live and work.
Children's Attention Home
On Saturday, March 31, 2012 approximately 20 Carolinas HealthCare System employees, family members and official volunteers came together to participate in a project benefitting the Rock Hill Children’s Attention Home (CAH). The CAH serves as an emergency shelter and long term residence facility for children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse, abandonment or neglect. For the past few years, Carolinas HealthCare System Pineville has supported various Children's Attention Home events such as the annual Run for Attention 5k at the Knight's Stadium and the Fall Mardi Gras fundraising event. This service project was initiated as a way for employees to become directly involved in a "hands-on" way to make a difference in the daily lives of the children at CAH.
Through a collective forty-one hours of service, volunteers painted three bedrooms and one office, assembled two desks and even did a little yard work. The improvements were immediately evident, and the staff and children expressed both amazement and gratitude for all that was accomplished in such a short period of time. In addition, there was an indirect monetary benefit - through a special grant, the Children’s Attention Home will receive $20.00 for each hour of volunteer service.
"Participating in the Children's Attention Home volunteer project made me aware of the presence of the home in Rock Hill and revealed how many displaced children we have right in my community who need love and attention. I plan on doing more volunteer work there now that I'm aware of it!" said Melody Sumter, Compliance Coordinator for Healthy@Home.
This service project demonstrated once again that Carolinas HealthCare System employees and official volunteers are committed to giving back to the communities in which they live and work.
Nearly thirty Carolinas HealthCare System employees and official volunteers gathered together on Saturday, January 28, 2012 to volunteer for Project Connect, a United Way of York County event for the homeless in Rock Hill and surrounding areas. This yearly event provides services such as medical screenings, housing assistance, veteran support, grooming services, and job placement services to those in need.
CHS volunteers offered blood pressure checks, prepared food, served as greeters, and staffed tables with specialty items. Among the giveaway items were hand sanitizers, lip balm, and most notably, socks for all ages. The socks were donated by the employees at several CPN practices in Rock Hill. Rock Hill Pediatric Associates initiated the sock drive and many feet will be warmed this winter thanks to everyone who joined her in collecting socks. It may sound small, but a pair of socks means the world to those who are not fortunate enough to afford them. Clients expressed their gratitude with a gentle smile and a simple "thank you."
In addition to the volunteer activities described above, several CHS volunteers took on the role of serving as "guides" to help clients gain access to the services they needed. It takes an extremely caring and special individual to volunteer for such a role. Although the main role as a guide was to ensure each client could find and obtain the services they needed, an immense emphasis was put on building a personal relationship with the client in an effort to make them feel cared for and important. These individuals displayed the core values of CHS and made a noticeable difference in the lives of those less fortunate.
This year Project Connect served 102 adults and 126 children and overall was a meaningful day of giving and caring. This day of service visibly demonstrated that CHS employees are committed to giving back to the communities in which they live and work.