In 2013, more than $296,000 was distributed from the Akron Children’s Hospital Employee Foundation.
“For more than 100 years, our hospital and our culture has been one of giving back,” said Carolyn Hofmann, employee involvement coordinator. “The reason we have an Employee Foundation is to give back, and hopefully we can leave our community better than the way we found it.”
The Employee Foundation sponsors or organizes more than 30 events each year, including the Kids Are #1 Run, Harvest for Hunger events and the community drive, to name a few.
The 2013 community drive raised $163,305 from 17 percent of hospital employees, who decided how much to give and where.
“The Employee Foundation is focused on getting employees involved in giving back to the community, and involved in the decisions of where the money will go,” said Hofmann.
The foundation also provides scholarships to dependents of hospital employees each year.
“We hold uniform sales, book sales and candy sales because we have an obligation to fund the scholarships each year,” said Hofmann. “I think employees understand that we can’t just take. We have a responsibility to give back to the community that gives so much.”