The Gift of Employee-directed Giving
Madison, Wisconsin - Each year UW Hospital and Clinics provides employees with a meaningful opportunity to give back to charitable organizations that promote the health and well-being of the communities we serve.
After thorough review and thoughtful deliberation by an employee-directed giving committee representing several departments, these organizations were chosen for their individual missions and ability to touch many lives locally and regionally:
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin (ADAW)– $4,000
Helps guide anyone touched by Alzheimer’s or dementia through the complex maze of issues that can arise by offering personal consultations, education, access to resources and advocacy. To learn more, visit their website and “like” them on Facebook.
Community GroundWorks – $4,000
Connects people of all ages to nature and local food through hands-on education, gardening, urban farming, healthy eating and restoring natural areas. To learn more, visit their website and “like” them on Facebook.
Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) – $4,000
Works to ensure the safety and well-being of domestic violence survivors and their families, and to change societal attitudes that perpetuate violence and the abuse of power. To learn more, visit their website and “like” them on Facebook.
Gio’s Garden - $4,000
Serves as a therapeutic respite center for children ages birth through six years old with special needs. To learn more, visit their website and “like” them on Facebook.
“I felt very privileged to be a member of the Employee-Directed Giving Committee, and to be able to give him the news on behalf of UWHC,” stated Amy Shepard, UWHC nursing education specialist. “It is such a special feeling to know that we are giving back to the community to help people whose lives are touched by this organization.”
Committee members are selected from a pool of active employee charitable campaign coordinators who represent a variety of experience, jobs and work locations. New members are selected each year to make this special opportunity available to other employees.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin
“This is just wonderful – thank you so much!” stated Paul Rusk, Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin (Pictured third from the left) “What a great way to end a Friday. I am going to go and spread the news throughout the office.” Rusk detailed that they will use the donation for programs and services that enhance the quality of life for patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and/or dementia.
Pictured (left to right): UW Hospital and Clinics employee-directed committee members: Briana Glauvitz, Amy Shepard, Paul Rusk, Jerome Berryman, Bridget Hefter, and Mikel Kind.
“This is awesome! How did this happen??” shouted Karen von Huene, Executive Director of Community GroundWorks (pictured, second from left), when learning of the donation. Von Huene says the donation will be used for school gardens and kids’ programs.
Pictured (left to right): Karen von Huene, Phil Bowers, President of the Board of Directors-Community Groundworks, and employee-directed committee members, Briana Glauvitz, Bridget Hefter and Jennifer Scott.
Domestic Abuse Intervention Services
“Oh my gosh, wow!” exclaimed Elizabeth Klaus, DAIS Donations Coordinator (not pictured), after learning that DAIS would receive $4,000 from UW Hospital. Klaus said the funds will directly support victims of domestic violence through materials, education and training.
Pictured (left to right): Bridget Hefter, Briana Glauvitz, Emily Barnes, DAIS Director of Development and Communications, and Jennifer Scott.
Val Madsen, Director of Gio’s Garden (pictured left with committee member, Karen Zielinski of UW Hospital and Clinics Neurology), stated that the money will be used for direct care of the special needs children that spend time at Gio’s Garden. The donation will also be used to purchase new toys and activities for the children.
Darcy Clardy, Executive Director of Operation Homefront, (pictured third from left) specified that the money will be used for programs that will directly benefit Madison area veterans and their families. These programs include holiday meals and toys, back to school brigade, and the Dane county veteran baby shower.
Also pictured, left to right: UW Hospital and Clinics committee members Karen Zielinski, Mikel Kind, Darcy Clardy, Jerome Berryman, and Bridget Hefter.
“The work that Operation Homefront does is just awesome,” stated Jerome Berryman. “It means a lot to me to know that there is a program that can help struggling veterans in our area.”
Date Published: 12/17/2014