If someone would have told us that in our 30th year of business, we would achieve 33 service projects (totaling over 450 hours of service), we would not have believed you.
Yet, we did it! We surpassed our goal of 30 service projects and we won a few awards along the way. Five years later, many of the employees who participated in our “Serving and Celebrating in Our 30th Year” campaign are still part of our team. So, how and why did we do this? Let’s look back…
Cooperative Home Care is excited to share our “Serving & Celebrating in Our 30th Year” story. As our 30th year anniversary approached, we wondered how to recognize this significant milestone. A party? Of course! So we kicked off our 30th (official date of incorporation: July 1st, 1986) with an employee picnic. It was really hot and really fun, and it gave us the opportunity to develop, as a group, our emerging ideas about how to celebrate our 30th.
Cooperative Home Care has about 500 employees. We firmly believe every employee who chooses to work in health care of any kind is driven to do so because, at their core, is a desire to help people. They have other reasons, too, like wanting to always learn and grow in their profession, wanting to always have job options and opportunities, and wanting to work with people. But their deepest motivation, we believe, is to help people. When it comes to home care and hospice, this is especially true, because it is really hard work. Caring for people who are ill and who are near the end of their life, outside the safety and security of a hospital setting, is physically and emotionally challenging.
Acknowledging this desire to help created an easy connection. If we are driven to serve, then we could expand our opportunities to do so. Our “Serving and Celebrating in Our 30th Year” campaign, consisting of 30 service projects this year, has already connected us with many charitable organizations and amazing people who create and support them. We easily embrace and work with each other through our shared desire to help and serve.
Our “Serving & Celebrating in Our 30th Year” journey began with the Walk to Defeat ALS. Next, we organized an adult diaper drive, connecting surplus unused adult briefs left behind at nursing homes to people who need them. The St. Louis Area Diaper Bank also gave us the opportunity to pack baby diapers for re-distribution. We toured St. Louis’ famous Hill neighborhood, our corporate office location, to gather donations from local vendors including Bertarelli Cutlery, DiGregorio’s Italian Market, Gelato Di Riso, and Shaw’s Coffee. Their generous donations contributed to three auction basket donations: ALS, World Pediatric Foundation, and Autumn View Gardens benefitting the Alzheimer’s Association. We also prepared and served a delicious dinner at the west county Ronald McDonald house.
Next in our queue is the PurpleStride St. Louis Pancreatic Cancer Action Network 5K, and the 1st Annual Amanda Ford Memorial Kickball Tournament.
Our choices to serve are purposeful. Some ideas are contributed by employees who are interested in a particular organization, but haven’t volunteered yet or don’t know how to get started. Other organizations, like the Alzheimer’s Association and PurpleStride St. Louis, are very deeply connected to Cooperative Home Care employees. In both instances we are happy to support them.
That’s our story so far. The best part is the hopeful potential of our “Serving & Celebrating in Our 30th Year” campaign. 30+ organizations to discover. 30+ service opportunities, big and small. Hundreds and hundreds of people helped.
Read more in our press releases, Home Care Company Achieves Over 460 Service Hours Through 33 Service Projects, and Cooperative Home Care, Inc. Awarded Top Family Business.
Today, Cooperative has continued many of our service initiatives. We continue to serve Ronald McDonald House Charities; we help puppies stay warm by delivering our shredded documents to the Humane Society of Missouri. Above all, we continue seeking new and innovative ways to serve our communities.