Healthcare is a career path that attracts those with a high level of compassion for others. From the first day of its founding, Health Advances has been committed to giving something back to the community. In that spirit the company undertakes a number of community service activities each year. These volunteer days offer a wonderful opportunity to give of our time and energy in a very different manner than our usual daily activities. We encourage you to learn more about some of the organizations with which we have worked.
This year Health Advances sent a team of our best spellers to participate in (and win!) the 26th annual Wellesley Spelling Bee, hosted by the Wellesley Education Foundation. This event raises money for the innovative programs and equipment that will define the future of our neighbors, the Wellesley Public Schools.
Health Advances has been a long-time supporter of Community Servings, a not-for-profit food and nutrition program providing services throughout Massachusetts to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses. Denise (at right in picture with fellow volunteer Doria) worked tirelessly during the organization’s yearly Thanksgiving Pie in the Sky fundraiser to help coordinate delivery of thousands of pies to area supporters. As an organization, Health Advances purchased enough pies to help feed 40 critically ill patients and their families for a week with healthy, tailored meals.
This organization provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play. Health Advances staff helped the organization serve 1,483 children by sorting, cleaning and packing donations of clothing, books, and toys.
Health Advances is proud to support Horizons for Homeless Children (HHC) in its mission to provide high-quality early childhood education to homeless children in Massachusetts and across the US. Health Advances was a Gold sponsor of the 16th Annual Women’s Breakfast and several women from Health Advances attended. The event featured guest speaker poet Azure Antoinette who highlighted a powerful program of compelling stories and read an inspiring poem commissioned in honor of HHC’s 25th year.
Health Advances employees completed the 20 mile Walk for Hunger raising $1,385 for Project Bread. This is the only statewide anti-hunger organization committed to providing people of all ages, cultures, and walks of life with access to healthy food in their own communities.
Health Advances raised over $5,000 for the Grow Clinic at Boston Medical Center at a silent auction held in conjunction with our yearly New Year celebration. This money will help children from the Greater Boston area receive specialty medical, nutritional, developmental and social services as well as dietary assistance. In addition to the money raised, Health Advances employees donated items for the children such as clothing, books, and toys.
Health Advances was one of BeadforLife’s TOP HOSTS of 2013 raising $1,156. This organization raises money for women in Uganda. Money then becomes savings, savings becomes hope, hope becomes opportunity and sustainable businesses are born. In 2013, this organization worked with 2,200 women and reached more than 10,000 people in Uganda. The money raised helped to enroll women in their Entrepreneurial Training and Bead-Making Program, as well as their new Street Business School. This money also helped to enroll more girls into their Girls Education Program.
Recently 22 Health Advances staff members completed the 3.5 mile Corporate Challenge. All entry fees, a total of over $500,000, went to the One Fund to benefit victims of the Boston marathon bombings.
Health Advances staff volunteered their time to help run an annual field day event hosted by the CARE program at San Francisco General Hospital. The CARE program provides multilingual education and community building opportunities for cancer patients and their families.
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Health Advances librarian Tara Breton joined a team of volunteers to build a wheelchair ramp and deck for a wheelchair bound pre-teen whose single mom is struggling to take care of her disabled daughter as well as two other children.
From assembling boxes to quality control, the Health Advances team packaged over one million daffodils, which were then delivered throughout Massachusetts,
Each week, several Health Advances volunteers join other local company volunteers at a local elementary school during the lunch hour for one-on-one reading aloud. The signature program of the national literacy organization Everybody Wins!, Power Lunch is a lunchtime reading and mentoring program proven to improve reading skills and attitudes toward reading.