Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Volunteers demonstrate our vision of being the best for those who need us

Students at York Elementary School in Springfield always hoped for a place at their school where they could play baseball or kickball. Thanks to volunteers from CoxHealth that wish came true.

CoxHealth took on an unusual request to build a ball field along with nine other projects at the school during this year’s United Way Day of Caring community improvement event.

Sixty CoxHealth employees donated their time, using a day of ETO if needed, to complete the projects which included building the baseball diamond, painting restrooms, landscaping and helping teachers with organizing the Cents of Pride store with donations from CoxHealth employees and a recent donation drive.

Lisa Alexander, CoxHealth Foundation president helped to organize the CoxHealth volunteers.

“We had such a great day,” says Alexander. “Everyone was so proud of the work we all accomplished.”

Alexander is seen in a photo in the local newspaper with a York student as he threw out the first pitch on the field. CoxHealth’s project to build the ball field was extensively covered by KSMUand the Springfield News-Leader, along with our Cents of Pride donation drive.

The ball field came 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, 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 worked at the Equi-Librium Therapy Center helping with painting, 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 held a fundraiser for the center raising more than $2,500.”

CoxHealth Auxiliary member Anne Marie Svoboda sang the National Anthem at the Day of Caring kickoff breakfast.

Cox College employees and students performed various clean up and revitalization jobs at Washington Park.