A pandemic. A strained economy. Everyone working from home. Not exactly the best circumstances to launch CHG Healthcare’s annual Making a Difference Week. What is typically one of the company's best loved events was going to look very, very different this year.
“We had no idea what to expect with everyone remote and strained finances for many,” said Rebecca Sims, a CHG corporate events specialist. “But we knew we needed a unifying event for our people and our communities.”
Making a Difference Week re-imagined
CHG's purpose is to make a difference in the lives of those they serve: their people, their providers and clients, and their communities. That goal, along with a commitment to CHG's core value of Putting People First, sent Rebecca and the culture and events teams back to the drawing board to re-imagine an event where employees could do good, have fun, and re-connect.
The result? Three days’ worth of virtual fun and games for three great causes: CHG's Making a Difference Foundation, the company's Employee Compassion Fund, and the United Way. Employees came together like never before to raise $113,904 for those groups. Time is money too and some of team members pledged their VTO, or volunteer time off. CHG employees promised to give 588 hours of service in the coming year. Employees donated blood, bought raffle tickets, and tuned in to a virtual telethon that raised $30,346.
Kevin Ricklefs, chief culture officer, said, "I am so proud of the CHG employees who came together virtually for the first time in our Making a Difference Week to give back. We not only raised a lot of money for our partner non-profits, but CHG employees committed to provide hundreds of hours of volunteering to improve their communities."
Rebecca said, “We raised a lot more than we ever expected, and we’re excited about the impact that will have on our communities.”
Kevin added, “The care and compassion of CHG employees is simply amazing.”