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The Making a Difference Foundation, a private, nonprofit organization, established by CHG Healthcare, is dedicated to unleashing the humanitarian passion in others, including our people. One way they do this is through local grants, which help support local causes and nonprofit organizations that CHG’s employees are actively involved in. They include, but are not limited to, these categories: health, education, food, shelter, safety, water, animals, arts, environment, or workplace culture.
In February, the foundation approved nine grants — the most ever in one month! — with a total contribution equaling $12,000. Last year, the foundation contributed $455,000 to nearby charities through local and healthcare grants — plus matched CHG employee contributions to United Way and the CHG Compassion Fund.
For a description of the nine grants approved in February, click through the slideshow below:
Jeanie Braden - CompHealth | Epilepsy Foundation of Utah
Jeanie has been helping the Epilepsy Foundation of Utah both financially and through volunteer work these past two years. The foundation grant is helping fund the 2019 Epilepsy Art Program. Studies have shown that art therapy aids in self-esteem and creates a space to express emotions in a healthy and positive way.
Danielle Heilman - CompHealth Perm | Handy Inc
Danielle has been involved with Handy for almost a year now. • HANDY(Helping Abused Neglected Disadvantaged Youth) serves children and youth ages nine to 25 years old, who have been removed from their homes due to domestic violence, substance abuse, physical and/or sexual abuse, and abandonment. These children have been placed in Foster Care, or Relative/Nonrelative Care to avoid them from entering the Dependency System. The foundation grant will go directly towards healthcare for youth since it is an underfunded area within their programs.
Rob Hanson - CHG | Catholic Community Services
Rob has been involved with Catholic Community Services for the last 5 years working with the refugee resettlement program. This organization provides non-religious assistance for refugees resettling in Utah. The funds requested for this grant will go to the medical expenses these refugees face. While many have Medicare or Medicaid they still need assistance with copays and dentistry. All people are served regardless of race, creed, religion or orientation.
Rayna Arthur - Weatherby | Children's Miracle Network
Rayna has volunteered for the past 5 years with Children's Miracle Network. They most recently did a dance marathon to raise funds, meet some of the patients who are benefactors and have fun! The grant received will go directly to their University of Florida Shands division. All proceeds will go towards patient care.
Kayla Edwards - CHG | Fight the New Drug
Kayla has volunteered with Fight the New Drug for the past 3 years. She assists in their merchandising efforts and promotional materials. The non-profit focuses on the scientific adverse effects of pornography and its connection to sex trafficking. The grant will go towards the production of new training materials needed for their school presentations. Fight the New Drug is a non-religion and non-legislative organization. They provide people the opportunity to make informed decisions regarding pornography by raising awareness on its harmful effects using only scientific research, facts, and stories from sex trafficking victims, ex-performers, and recovering addicts.
Omai Graybill - CompHealth | The Adoption Exchange
Omai has been involved with assisting The Adoption Exchange with fundraising efforts for 3 years. This grant will sponsor a table at their annual gala. All fund raised at the gala go towards expenses families experience through the adoption process.
John Bonney - Weatherby | Families Moving Forward
John has been a volunteer for the past 5 years. Families Moving Forward provides services for families transitioning out of homelessness. Their grant will be providing parenting classes, workshops and external groups for parents, caregivers, and community members. They have developed three workshop/activities tailored to strengthen parent-child relationships and diminish Adverse Childhood Experiences. These parenting classes will be offered onsite at Families Moving Forward at no cost to the families. The program will be run by a licensed social worker (BS in Psychology and a MSW from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) from the Exchange Family Center
Asia Godfrey - CHG | Rocky Mountain Care Foundation
Rocky Mountain Care Foundation a nonprofit that improves the quality of life for underserved individuals. Funds will be used towards supplied that are needed by families and patients. The families that are served have needs like clothing, toiletries, underwear, haircuts, etc. In a lot of cases, homeless patients that are on hospice consider where ever they get to visit for treatment 'home'.
Chris Madsen - CompHealth | Blessings in a Backpack
Chris and his family have been volunteering with Blessings in a Backpack for a year. The grant funding will go towards the program at Majestic Elementary school to provide food for children in need over the weekends.
Continually improving the way we support our community:
Since Continuous Improvement is one of our core values as a company, we are always looking for ways to make our programs better. Recently, the foundation made two improvements to its local grant eligibility requirements:
- Local grant eligibility now includes nonprofits focused on education improvement efforts for students ranging from pre-K through 12th
- The foundation eliminated the rule that a nonprofit can only receive one local grant per year. Charities may now receive a local grant for each CHG employee who is actively involved in the same organization. Remember though, we only allow one local grant per employee each calendar year.
To learn more about all the Making a Difference Foundation does, check out their website.