Great River Health Systems Employees Add Financial Support to Community

Great River Health employees donated nearly $80,000 to the community in 2015 through workplace contributions and fundraisers. That includes $50,000 pledged to Burlington/West Burlington Area United Way.

The annual employee food drive in the fall raised $15,834.96. Money was raised through a golf tournament, raffle drawing, an online auction and contributions from individuals, the health system and businesses.

The money provided more than 300 $50 food vouchers distributed by:

  • Henderson County, Illinois, Food Cellar
  • Kayla’s Cupboard
  • Louisa County Food Pantry
  • Salvation Army
  • Southeast Iowa Community Action
  • YMCA Domestic Violence Shelter

Throughout the year, employees paid $2 to wear jeans to work on designated Fridays. Donations totaled $13,751, which was given to a variety of organizations including the Burlington Homeless Shelter, Southeast Iowa Humane Society, Hope Haven Area Development Center, Medication Assistance Program and Young House Family Services.

Nearly $1,200 was donated in two casual days for the Burlington Community School District and West Burlington Independent School District. The money will be used this year to fulfill student needs through school nurses or social workers. Employees also donated hats, mittens and other winter gear to the schools.

The health system continued its holiday-giving tradition in other ways, too. Departments and clinics that adopted families were:

  • Acute Care Center
  • Facilities
  • Great River Addiction Services
  • Great River Mental Health
  • Home Health and Hospice
  • Hospitalist Program
  • Patient Access
  • Pre-Access
  • Women and Family Center (Obstetrics and Pediatrics units)

Other gifts:

  • Administration – Shop with a Cop
  • Great River Addiction Services, Great River Mental Health – Crisis Stabilization House
  • Great River Athletic and Performance Center, Great River Health Fitness, Rehabilitation Services – Special Needs Foundation of Southeast Iowa
  • Klein Center Nutrition Services – Southeast Iowa Humane Society, Klein Center neighborhoods