Milwaukee – Aurora Health Care’s caregivers will branch out into their communities and roll up their sleeves as Aurora Weeks of Caring launches June 20-26. This all-volunteer effort, to be held quarterly, will benefit local organizations across Aurora’s footprint of eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.
Diverse service opportunities for the week include reading to children at Next Door in Milwaukee, sorting donations at Burlington’s food pantry, Love Inc., and cleaning Bay Area Humane Society in Green Bay. Together, nearly two dozen organizations will benefit from caregivers’ work.
“Through surveys, our caregivers made it very clear that giving back to the community in the form of volunteering is a high priority for them,” said Vivian King, Aurora vice president of community relations. “We're proud of Aurora’s strong presence in the community, where we further our purpose of helping people live well by actively participating in community events.”
Aurora Weeks of Caring builds on Aurora caregivers’ tradition of community service. In 2015, caregivers contributed more than 200,000 hours to local organizations. Caregivers are also financially generous, having donated $3.75 million in 2015 during the Aurora Partnership Campaign, Aurora’s annual giving opportunity. These dollars go directly to organizations in need of support.
The official kickoff will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, June 20 at Milwaukee’s Red Arrow Park. A group of Aurora volunteers including Amy Rislov, chief human resource officer, will participate in the Salvation Army Feed the Kids program. The volunteers will be joined by a variety of civic and business leaders. Feed the Kids is a mobile summer lunch program to meet the hunger needs of children in Milwaukee County.
The following organizations are participating in Aurora Weeks of Caring:
Burlington and Walworth County:
Boys Scouts Camp Oh Da Ko Ta, June 23
Golden Years, June 21
Holiday Home Camp Beautification, June 21
Love Inc., June 22 and 25
Open Arms Clinic, June 20 and 26
VIP Services (Olympic Games), June 22
Green Bay area:
Bay Area Humane Society Beautification, June 24
Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin Food Sorting, June 20
Green Bay YMCA Family Fun, June 21
Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast, June 21
Kelly Senior Center, June 21 and 22
Next Door Reading Center, June 21
Project Concern of Cudahy, June 20 and June 24
Salvation Army Milwaukee County (Feed the Kids), June 23 and 24
Shared Journeys, June 20
The Gathering, June 20 and 22
Oshkosh Community YMCA Beautification, June 22
Feith Family YMCA Ozaukee County Beautification, June 21 and 22
Racine and Kenosha:
United Way of Kenosha County, week of June 20
Two Rivers and Manitowoc:
Two Rivers Lombardi Walk to Tackle Cancer, June 25
Camp Hometown Heroes Beautification, June 25 and 26
Kettle Moraine YMCA Washington County Beautification, June 21 and June 22
YMCA at Pabst Farms Miracle League, June 21
This first week is just the beginning. The next organized volunteer opportunity for Aurora caregivers will be held in fall.
About Aurora Health Care:
Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin-area health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve health care quality. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Aurora is Wisconsin's most comprehensive health care provider and the state's largest private employer. Aurora serves more than 1.2 million patients every year via a comprehensive network of facilities, services and providers, including 15 hospitals, 159 clinics, 70 pharmacies and 32,000 amazing caregivers. As evidenced by more than 400 active clinical trials, Aurora is dedicated to delivering innovations to provide the best possible care today, and to define the best care for tomorrow. Get helpful health and wellness information via the Aurora MyHealth blog, our Facebook page, our Twitter account and our Pinterest account.
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