March of Dimes
The staff at Jefferson Surgical Clinic in Roanoke, VA will be participating in the March of Dimes, March for Babies on Saturday, May 13, 2017. The March of Dimes funds lifesaving research and programs and works to end premature birth, birth defects, and infant mortality. This year’s route is 3.5 miles and it starts at 10:00 a.m. at Elmwood Park (700 S Jefferson Street, Roanoke, VA 24011).
Last year was JSC’s first year to participate in the March of Dimes, March for Babies event. JSC was motivated to participate by a few of the staffs’ personal experiences with premature births and chromosomal abnormalities. In 2016, JSC raised over $2,000 and had 30+ staff participants in the March for Babies walk. These contributions were combined with the larger Roanoke March of Dimes fundraising effort. The money raised was donated to the local chapter for their use in research and education.
This year, Mindy Frantz volunteered to be JSC’s captain and has orchestrated the team’s fundraising strategies and goals. Team Thomas Axel was created to honor the premature infant of one of JSC’s own.
The team is currently on track to raise more than last year. Part of this year’s contribution has come from the proceeds collected at the March 24 event at the Launching Pad Trampoline Park & Family Fun Center. The Blue Ridge Area has already raised $48,273 of the $125,000 goal.
Past Charity Events
Aside from the March of Dimes, Jefferson Surgical Clinic proudly fosters community development initiatives all year. The holidays, however, provide a unique opportunity for JSC to extend its reach in the area. JSC supports and directly participates in numerous programs to help those in need.
“JSC employees care very deeply about their neighbors and their community. Throughout the year, Karen Tuttle [Jefferson Surgical Clinic Administrator] encourages employees to speak up when they know about people or organizations in need,” said Human Resource Specialist, Anne Hux. “When ideas are presented, JSC employees are always willing to step in and fundraise or contribute. At Christmas, we actively look for organizations to help that have special needs. As a group, we know we can make a big impact and we enjoy doing more than is expected!”
JSC filled Christmas stockings for children that are identified at poverty level or below. Every year, around 2,800 children are in need in the Roanoke Valley and they hope to receive a Christmas stocking from the Salvation Army. Employees volunteered to take stockings and fill them with age-appropriate gifts for children up to 12 years of age. The initial goal was to fill 20 stockings and JSC filled 40 stockings, which were overflowing with items.
Part of the reason JSC chose the Salvation Army is because the year before 700 stockings couldn’t be filled and all those children went without. “The Salvation Army serves thousands of children and when we found out that there were hundreds that didn’t get a stocking the previous year, we wanted to do our part,” said Hux.
They also collected for Matthew’s Child. Matthew’s Child is a local group that helps decrease the financial burden for foster and adoptive parents.
Matthew’s Child provided Christmas gifts to hundreds of children, ranging in age from infant to teenager. JSC’s contributed three large boxes filled with items.
JSC was introduced to Matthew’s Child by Dr. Thomas Conlee. Conlee and his wife volunteer for the group.
Employee Appreciation Events
Along with charity events, JSC has several employee appreciation functions during the year.
Currently, JSC has a wellness challenge for employees. To compete in the challenge, participants are required to attend weekly meetings (to weigh-in) and had to contribute $10.00 to go into the pot for the challenge winner. The competition lasts from March 21st until May 16th. There are prizes and activity challenges throughout the 8 weeks to keep participants motivated and to encourage fun and team bonding. As of this article, the collective weight loss is 55 pounds.
In February, JSC had an Art Show photo contest. After the remodel, paint, and update of the Franklin Road office, employees were asked to submit original nature photographs for a chance to have the artwork framed and displayed in the hallways of the office. Dozens of photos were submitted for the contest.
Stay tuned to find out about the fundraising results from the March of Dimes efforts, and the winner of the wellness challenge. If you’d like to help donate to the March of Dimes or would like to participate in the event, please visit http://bit.ly/2plVssQ. There is always so much happening at JSC, the next time you’re in for an appointment, ask what’s going on and how you can contribute!