Outreach to those in need in the community is part of UHS’s mission as a not-for-profit healthcare system. Participation in United Way’s Full Plate Project is one important way the organization is helping those who have food insecurity.
Leading the fundraising effort within UHS are Mitzi Sherba, director of Physician Practice Operations-Primary Care, and Rich Keehle, Senior Director of Support Services.
And this year, Sheri Lamoureux, Vice President for Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer at UHS, is chairing the community-wide Full Plate Project, which seeks to raise $100,000 to combat hunger.
The hunger problem in Broome County became more evident than ever during the pandemic and has been worsened by the rising cost of goods and services, Ms. Lamoureux said.
“More than 8,000 children in our area live in households that struggle to put food on the table, and families are having to choose between buying groceries and paying their rent,” she said. “This is an important time to help those in need.”
To get the campaign off to a good start across the healthcare system, the UHS leaders launched a page on the employee intranet dedicated to the Full Plate Project. The page encourages staff to support our community in the fight against hunger.
The UHS effort includes a number of special activities and events for employees, with cash donations benefitting the Full Plate Project endeavor. Activities have included a series of days when staff can wear blue jeans to work if they each make a $5 donation.
The fund drive also includes “Fun Fridays,” during which employees can show their support by dressing up according to a series of themes. For example, on a recent funny-hat day, group photos of staff were posted on the intranet.
Grill days started May 20 and will continue across UHS Hospitals campuses through June 29, with staff making donations as they enjoy lunches featuring grilled entrees, pasta salad, and ice cream bars.
UHS annually is a major supporter of United Way, including the Day of Caring each fall, during which Team UHS turns out in strength.
– Bill Michael, Communications Editor with United Health Services