It is officially Fall, which means the end of this year is coming to a close. This time of the year always brings to mind two words: thankfulness and giving!
Our employees have taken these two words to heart and have recently rallied around several important charities in our community.
Coliseum Health System has been a proud, long-time supporter of the United Way of Central Georgia. The United Way of Central Georgia has a goal to build stronger, healthier communities. Money collected by the United Way is used locally in our community as they work with many partner agencies, such as the Advocacy Resource Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Crisis Line and Safe House of Central Georgia, Meals on Wheels, the Rescue Mission, and the list goes and on and on.
As of October 2, Coliseum Health System has pledged over $69,126.19, with over 170 people contributing to the United Way.
The Backpack Ministry, a local non-profit charity, provides children who come to school hungry a bag of food every Friday to feed them throughout the weekend. Backpack Ministry shops weekly at the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank and then volunteers pack thousands of bags. Each student receives 15 child friendly items (4 drinks, 3 protein, 3 fruit, 3 snacks, and 2 breakfast) each Friday in their bag. Since they started in 2011, Backpack Ministry now provides service to over 1,350 children across 21 schools and 3 counties. But not only has their program grow, they have inspired eight other churches to create their own programs which now serve an additional 450 students with food, clothes, and school supplies.
Coliseum Health System leadership team adopted this charity in which to invest their time in our community this year. We decided that this was a perfect fit for us – especially after we found out that the school in Coliseum Medical Centers’ neighborhood, Burdell Hunt, needed help this school year. The CMC directors began providing this service in September. Next month, the CNH directors will begin packing bags once a month!