Pediatric Home Service Celebrates Volunteering All Year Long
St. Paul, Minn. – During National Volunteer Week (April 15-21), thousands of organizations celebrate giving back to their communities by scheduling volunteer projects and special events. But for Pediatric Home Service, giving back to those in need is not just a weeklong activity; it’s a year-round commitment.
Through its Sharing Care program, Pediatric Home Service provides its staff with the opportunity to donate time to programs and events in the community that are directly associated with serving medically-fragile and underprivileged children. In 2011, the company’s employees volunteered at 11 events and fundraisers, donating more than 300 hours of service to organizations throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
Pediatric Home Service staff volunteer for organizations such as HopeKids, Ronald McDonald House, West Metro Miracle Athletics, Oley Foundation, Toys for Tots and numerous local children’s hospitals. The company also hosts two annual blood drives and raises money for a variety causes, including sending families to Faith’s Lodge, a retreat for people with medically fragile children or families who have lost a child.
“Volunteering is a powerful experience in which I’m able to make an impact on kids and families outside of work. Giving back is not an obligation at Pediatric Home Service, it’s simply part of our culture,” said Dana Akerson, Pediatric Home Service Marketing Specialist. “Sharing my time and talents makes me realize how meaningful it is to be part of something bigger than myself.”
Whether cooking dinner for families whose children are hospitalized, playing basketball with children with cognitive and/or physical challenges, bowling to raise money for a local children’s hospital, or planting trees at a charitable retreat center, Pediatric Home Service staff embrace volunteering as a way of life all year long.
About Pediatric Home Service
Based in St. Paul, Minn., Pediatric Home Service is an independent pediatric homecare company that helps medically-complex, technology-dependent children live safely and successfully where they’re most comfortable, at home with their families, rather than in a hospital. Pediatric Home Service has been partnering with health care professionals and family caregivers for more than two decades to deliver compassionate, specialized, high-quality care to children with special medical needs.
Originally published: April 20, 2012