Employee Outreach, All Year Long

school supplies collected at Mercy Medical CenterThroughout the year, employees live the mission and share the CHS I-CARE values with the communities served. As a result of their selflessness, in 2018 hundreds of Long Islanders received assistance in the form of baby and school supplies, food, clothing, gift cards and other items.

Staff at CHS facilities support Maryhaven’s pantry, which distributes groceries each month to individuals in the local area, in addition to food drives held across the system. Employees adopt families in need at Christmas and Easter to provide holiday cheer. Some support animal rescue shelters, donating food and supplies.

Employees are generous with their time, participating in and volunteering at hospital health fairs, Healthy Sundays, the CHS Suffolk County Marathon and fundraising walks and runs benefiting the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and other charitable organizations. The annual CHS Services Christmas toy drive collected almost 900 toys, along with frozen turkeys and other food items, which were distributed to more than 400 families.

Other outreach included St. Catherine’s partnership with Target of Commack and the Suffolk County Police Department’s Fourth Precinct COPE Division for the “Shop With a Cop” program. Selected families from local parishes were welcomed at the store with a festive Christmas party, and Target employees and law enforcement volunteers helped them select presents using gift cards sponsored through a community grant.

Many thanks to all these employees for their generosity and compassion and for living the mission!
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