The Rockford Memorial Development Foundation invites all Rockford Health System employees, physicians and volunteers to participate in the eighth annual employee giving campaign, RHS Family Campaign: Superior Caring, which kicks off September 19 and runs through mid-October. Last year’s campaign raised more than $137,000, which included over $99,000 in pledges from 547 employees, plus a generous corporate match.
Gifts made to the RHS Family Campaign go directly to the Foundation and are divided into three parts. Half of the proceeds are used to assist employees through the RHS Employee Crisis Fund. To date, the Crisis Fund has provided more than $326,000 in support to employees who have experienced emergencies such as a flood, fire, illness, injury or the death of a family member. The remainder is split between the RHS Employee Education Fund, which provides money for employees to receive education and training, and annual Wishbook catalog items, which bring care and comfort to patients and their families.
Foundation Director Michelle Gorham refers to donors as ‘lifesavers.’ “For many recipients of crisis fund dollars, the money is very much like a life raft thrown in their direction. These RHS family members are frightened and overwhelmed, and sometimes a little help is all it takes to relieve some of their stress and allow them to move forward. The same goes for those Wishbook items we can provide to our patients and their family members. It’s overwhelming to be in a position to need health care, and those little gifts of comfort mean a lot to people,” says Gorham.
Giving is easy, and any size gift is appreciated. You can make a gift in the following ways:
As in past years, you can also make your gift through payroll deduction. If you gave last year, be aware you need to re-enroll this year. All current gifts discontinue with the final pay of 2013. Everyone who gives will be entered into a drawing to win one of two days of PTO available.
To understand the impact of your gift or for more information, you can view the campaign video on the Inside Web or contact the Foundation office at ext. 1-4141.
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