Today, we are pleased to announce our first ever monthly Sunbelt C.A.R.E. Award Nomination Spotlight! Check out what Bridget, an energetic nurse living in Rochester, NY, is doing to give back to her community in a unique way:
I was introduced to Girls on the Run in San Francisco, CA. A friend of my aunt’s was a coach and they needed “running buddies” to pair up with girls and run their end of the season 5K. Being a runner myself, I was eager to sign up and volunteer. The 5K was a blast! The girls and I, along with all the other volunteers, laughed our way through 3.1 miles. I helped out as a running buddy for a few seasons, then when I moved to Rochester, NY to join my boyfriend who is in medical school here, I signed up to be a Girls on the Run coach with the Greater Rochester chapter. Our girls (3rd-5th grade) have brought me so much joy — I think we burn more calories laughing than running. Not only does Girls on the Run help girls get in shape and find the joy in exercise, it also helps them boost their self-esteem at an age where self-confidence is critical, form friendships, and learn about how special each one of them is.
Although I have learned so much from the girls and our lessons, I think my favorite memory from all the seasons was from last winter. That day of the 5K, it was snowing so hard we could barely see five feet in front of us. We crossed the start line and had maybe ran about twenty feet when one of the girls said to me “Bridget, we must be almost there. Right?” I laughed thinking she was just saying that due to how difficult it was to see until I heard several other little voices chime in “we’ve run so far!!! How much longer?” So even though these girls made new friends, learned to embrace their inner “light” and giggled their way through training runs, I realized they have no concept of distance. Oh well, maybe someday 🙂
Are you or someone you know of caring for their community in a unique way? Submit your nomination for the Sunbelt C.A.R.E. award here.
Are you or someone you know spreading TLC in your community? We want to recognize individuals who are contributing to the greater good! Submit your nomination for Sunbelt’s first ever C.A.R.E. Award!
At Sunbelt, we’re always looking for ways to do good in our community. It’s our way of being present and investing time back into our own backyards. Sunbelt Cares is the initiative we began that unites our work and our passion in the best way possible.
Each month, we will feature a nominee and present them with a $100 gift card to use or donate to the cause of their choice. We’re also adding in some nifty Sunbelt swag to the mix!
At the end of the year, we will select the recipient of our 2016 C.A.R.E. Award out of the nominees we feature each month. The individual will receive a grand prize that includes a one-of-a-kind plaque and our commitment to support their cause, whether it be with our time and/or our resources.
In 2016, we want to recognize carers in a big way. C.A.R.E. stands for Community, Awareness, Responsibility, and Engagement. If you or someone you know does too, let us know!
Submit your nomination here.
Need help crafting your nomination? Click here to see how eight facilities are giving back in their communities.
One of our primary focuses at work is our Sunbelt Cares initiative through which we support causes in our communities. This time, it’s a cause that’s right in our work community, for one of our very own. On today’s blog, we’re introducing you to Wayne Bridges, a Sunbelt National Account Executive, who is currently fighting a very tough battle.
For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Wayne Bridges and I have worked the last 8 ½ years for the greatest company ever, Sunbelt Staffing in Tampa, FL (Shameless plug, I know). Four years ago, I received a new kidney from my wife after 6 months of being on dialysis. After 3 years of a healthy lifestyle my body began to reject my new kidney and I’ve been fighting that battle for the last 10 months. I have recently restarted dialysis and I am going through the process to be approved for another transplant. I share this story with you because I want to bring awareness to the shortage of donor organs in the U.S.
Did you know?
- It is estimated that nearly 30,000 patients began new lives in 2015 thanks to organ transplants (from 8,500 deceased and 6,000 living donors)
- About 58% of patients awaiting lifesaving transplants are minorities
- There are approximately 120,000 people waiting for an organ transplant
- Another person is added to the nation’s organ transplant waiting list every 10 minutes
- Sadly, 8,000 people die each year – 22 people each day – because the organs they need are not donated in time.
- The average wait time for a kidney transplant is 3-5 years
So what can be done about the shortage? I’m glad you asked. I know something like this is a very personal decision but if you feel like this is something you can and want to support, here are a few paths to consider.
I am just one of many people that are in need of a lifesaving transplant. I have always said and believe there are people around me that are in greater need than myself and that is why I chose to be a voice for those in need like me. I know from experience that I am not alone and will face whatever comes my way with the love and support of family, friends and my Sunbelt family. I hope you will consider supporting organ donation and anyone that this affects.
Thank you so much for reading this post.
Healthcare facilities and schools are helping people every day. Whether it involves proving medical care or training future healthcare professionals, these schools and health organizations are making a difference. But some healthcare facilities and schools do even more for their community. Below are eight organizations and schools that are giving back to their community in several ways.