Hundreds of Aurora Health Care employees to volunteer in communities across eastern Wisconsin

Two dozen organizations, including those in Milwaukee’s Sherman Park area, will benefit

September 26, 2016

Milwaukee – Aurora Health Care’s caregivers will volunteer Sept. 26-Oct. 2 during Aurora Weeks of Caring, benefiting two dozen organizations across Aurora’s footprint of eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Hundreds of caregivers plan to participate in their communities.

Service will include helping students with homework at three Boys & Girls Clubs in Milwaukee’s Sherman Park area, loading backpacks with healthy snacks at the Greater Green Bay YMCA, and sorting food and clothing at Burlington’s Love Inc. 

“Our first Aurora Weeks of Caring event, held in June, engaged our caregivers and got them excited to volunteer even more,” said Vivian King, Aurora vice president of community relations. “We're proud of this growing effort and look forward to helping people live well by rolling up our sleeves at a variety of community organizations this fall.”

The Aurora Weeks of Caring program, a quarterly organized volunteer opportunity for caregivers, builds on Aurora Health Care’s longstanding 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 following organizations are participating in Aurora Weeks of Caring:

Burlington and Walworth County:

Love Inc. in Burlington, food and clothes sorting – Sept. 27 and 29

Green Bay area:
Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin, sorting supplies – Sept. 26 and 29
Greater Green Bay YMCA, assembling backpacks with healthy snacks – Sept. 29

Milwaukee area:
ACTS Housing, home remodeling on near west side – Sept. 26 
Boys & Girls Club in Sherman Park, assisting with after-school activities – Sept. 26, 28, 30
Journey House, Kagel School, helping with homework – Sept. 29
Journey House, Longfellow School, helping with homework – Sept. 27
Milwaukee Urban Garden, gardening project – Sept. 27 
Project Concern of Cudahy, sorting food and helping customers – Sept. 26 and Oct. 1
The Gathering at St. James Church, serving meals – Sept. 26, 27 and 29
Wisconsin Human Society, helping animals on shelter crew – Sept. 27 and 29

Oshkosh:

Oshkosh Community YMCA, participating in beautification project – Sept. 27 
Reach Counseling, participating in beautification project – Sept. 28

Ozaukee County:
Advocates of Ozaukee County, participating in beautification project – Sept. 28
Family Sharing of Ozaukee County, sorting food – Sept. 29

Sheboygan:

Salvation Army Sheboygan, participating in beautification project – Sept. 27 and 28  

Two Rivers and Manitowoc:
Manitowoc-Two Rivers YMCA, assisting with decorations and concessions at Art on the Lakeshore – Oct. 1

Washington County:
United Way of Washington County, assembling school readiness kits – Sept. 29

Waukesha County:
Family Service of Waukesha, participating in beautification project – Sept. 29
Hope Center, serving meals, sorting clothes and beautifying garden – Sept. 29 
Women’s Center, participating in beautification project – Sept. 30

The next organized volunteer opportunity for Aurora caregivers will be held in January.

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 300 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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