Healthcare IT Leaders Lends a Helping Hand: Volunteer Recap of 2018

Healthcare IT Leaders has spent a large part of 2018 lending a helping hand to charities and organizations we hold close to our heart. Not only is donating and helping these causes rewarding to us–it has a positive effect on our communities and makes a difference to the people in them.

Here’s what we’ve been up to this year.

The Cristo Rey Network

The Cristo Rey Network is a program that advances educational success in underserved communities. At Healthcare IT Leaders, we are proud to participate in this program to give students of Cristo Rey real-world experience. Starting in September, and working through May, we welcome two freshmen, a sophomore, and a senior to work with different departments.

During the school year, students earn a majority of their education cost, gain job experience, and realize the relevance of classroom learning while providing real services to the Healthcare IT industry. Every year, we make a donation so these students can work at HIT headquarters–and will continue to support their educational journey in the years to come.

Meals By Grace

 Meals by Grace, a food ministry in Alpharetta, works with local schools to identify children in need and seeks to feed and serve their families.

Healthcare IT Leaders was honored to take part in their cause by donating supplies and food for these families and having an area in the office for employees to bring in non-perishable food products.

Photo by Meals by Grace

Backpacks of Love

Backpacks of Love’s mission is to ensure that children in Atlanta get fed on the weekends. Since 2011, they have distributed over 95,000 backpacks, which equates to nearly 600,000 meals provided to children. This year,  we donated food items to an organization that puts these backpacks together in collaboration with Backpacks of Love.

Photo by Backpacks of Love on Facebook

North Fulton Community Charities

Each year, North Fulton Community Charities hosts a back to school supply drive. They provide assistance to over 4,200 families annually faced with homelessness or hunger. Our team enjoyed collecting supplies in our office and donating them to the organization.

In support of their mission to prevent homelessness and hunger, North Fulton held a food pantry where families could come shop to the holiday season.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Let’s play ball! In 2017, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta provided $217.6 million in community benefit, serving more than 391,000 children. This year, they hosted Spring Classic for Kids–a baseball game between the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech at the Braves Stadium, where funds were raised to aid research on blood disorders in children.

Healthcare IT Leaders donated to the cause, and HR Director Susan Galbreath volunteers to fundraise for this event throughout the year to help sell the packages.

Christmas Tree Santas

One of our biggest volunteer days of the year, Christmas Tree Santas works in partnership with local nonprofits to buy Christmas trees and distribute them to families in need. There’s nothing like picking out a fresh-cut Christmas tree to brighten the holidays!

Our Atlanta team shared the joy of the holidays in a big way, by delivering Christmas trees (with stands and ornaments) to deserving kids through the charity.

We Believe in the Spirit of Giving

Healthcare IT Leaders is proud to offer our Employee Cares Program–where our employees get paid time to volunteer at local charities. In addition to the above nonprofits and charities, our employees also dedicate their volunteer time to work with Covenant House in Georgia, a homeless shelter for teenagers, and various different foster cares.

We care about the communities in which we work. Giving back and volunteering our time is one of our core values at Healthcare IT Leaders. Annually, a percentage of our profit is donated to one or more charitable organizations chosen by our employees–and we’re happy to be able to share that joy with you.

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