Nearly 60 employees at CoxHealth are taking the day off work to instead spend a day volunteering for the United Way of the Ozarks Day of Caring, Thursday, Aug. 21.
“Our volunteers will be doing a variety of jobs including painting restrooms and learning space, landscaping, helping teachers and organizing the Cents of Pride store with donations CoxHealth employees have made to the project,” says Lisa Alexander, CoxHealth Foundation President. “The big news is that in the last week we have also agreed to build a baseball diamond for York Elementary. While it won’t be regulation size due to space available, the principal at York Elementary explained how the students’ wish list has included a ball field for a very long time. Now the dream becomes reality!”
The ball field is coming to life thanks to donations from Beck, the hospital’s contractor on the new tower and other vendors including Hartman Construction and the City of Springfield.
In addition to the CoxHealth employees, there are seven CoxHealth Auxiliary Board members and 55 Cox College employees and students signed up to work on United Way of the Ozarks Day of Caring.
The auxiliary board members will work at the Equi-Librium Therapy Center. They have plans to paint, do carpentry work and other tasks to make a new office. “The auxiliary chose the Equi-Librium Therapy Center because the Missouri Association of Hospital Auxiliaries’ state project is helping children with special needs,” says Barbara Frogue, Director, Volunteer Services. “Additionally, the auxiliary did a fundraiser for the center, raising more than $2,500.” Also, auxiliary member, Anne Marie Svoboda, will be singing the National Anthem at the Day of Caring kickoff breakfast at the Developmental Center of the Ozarks.
Cox College employees and students have signed up to perform various clean up and revitalization jobs at Washington Park.