As a part of their “Helping Handz” charitable giving program, Zywave, an insurance broker software company based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, chose Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation as the recipient of their fundraising initiatives for the month of February.
Grace Evans, talent support specialist at Zywave, explains, “We chose to support Rogers, as some members of our team hold the mental health cause close to heart. To us, we see mental illness as a public health crisis that most people either do not want to understand or want to ignore, despite so many being affected.”
Grace, along with project co-chair Zoe Braun, headed up the initiative. Each month, a different department within the company takes on fundraising for a charitable cause of their choice. For the month of February, the General Administration (G&A) team headed the fundraising activities. The team raised funds by coordinating a Super Bowl pool, Valentine’s Day sale (baked goods, balloons and flowers), and a company-wide trivia contest. In total, Zywave’s donation to the Foundation approached $2,000.
“We’ve seen a great response from Zywave in support for Rogers and mental health in general,” says Grace, “Multiple people have approached us individually and thanked us for choosing a cause that is near and dear to them, and because it is frequently overlooked. Our hope was to not only raise donations for Rogers, but also to create awareness for mental health and the fact that there are resources for those in need.”
Grace continues, saying, “After announcing our 1st event, our CEO sent out a company-wide email thanking the G&A team for creating awareness for a great cause, as many people simply cannot afford the type of treatment Rogers provides and suffer quietly.”
Thank you, Zywave, for your creative energy in raising funds and awareness in support of mental health and wellness!
Next up: May is National Mental Health Awareness Month
We would be happy to assist you with your own “Give for a Better Day” drive. A coping skills drive held in conjunction with your business, school or civic organization is an excellent way to help patients at Rogers fill their emotional toolkit with small, but effective, therapeutic items. Contact Linda Schieble or go to MyRogers for details.