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At New Ulm Medical Center, Mission Matters
There’s no question that the New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC) is heavily involved in the physical and emotional health of the residents of New Ulm. Now, the employees of NUMC have taken this concept to an entirely new level with the “Mission Matters” program.
Carmen Williams, a dietary aide at New Ulm Medical Center, was among the dozens of Allina Hospitals & Clinics employees who helped pack over 650 packages sent to military men and women stationed overseas.
Encouraging Volunteer Work
Mission Matters encourages the employees of the New Ulm Medical Center to get out and volunteer for local charities and organizations. To do that, a number of “Volunteer Champions” at the medical center help coordinate and encourage their coworkers to participate, said Anne Makepeace, the human resources director at the New Ulm Medical Center.
“New Ulm Medical Center has always been connected the community, and many of our employees have always volunteered in the community,” said Makepeace. “Mission Matters is an attempt to encourage and support employee volunteerism in a more formal way.”
Marie Larsen, a substance abuse counselor at New Ulm Medical Center, is one of the Volunteer Champions that is working closely with Makepeace on the Mission Matters program. So far, Larsen says that the experience has been very positive. “It is so rewarding to know that the success of your community is enhanced by people giving of their talents and time,” she said. “By becoming a Volunteer Champion, I hope to find myself more active in the community, meet more people and reap the internal rewards volunteering provides.”
Mission Matters creates additional incentives for employees to volunteer. They can register with the “Volunteer Match” program, and when they reach 20 hours of volunteer service, Allina will donate an additional $100 to the non-profit organization of the employee’s choice (this excludes political or religious organizations).
Other Ways to Help Out
New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC) employees donated to an Allina-wide project in spring 2011 that packed and sent personal supplies to military men and women stationed overseas. Ultimately, over 650 packages were sent from Allina as a whole with more than 125 employees working for more than six hours to package the goods, which included much-needed items like toothpaste and deodorant. Local donators from NUMC, pictured here, included (sitting, l-r) Rayan McMackin, Ann Botten, Carmen Williams, Jean Lindmeyer, Sandy Orr, Sagan Dobie, Charlene Saari, and Carisa Buegler. Middle row (l-r), Luann Reding, Marveen Drill, Kristen Wise, Sharilyn Pioske, Dayle Stubbs, Mary Rosenau, Jackie Nelson, Melanie Moreno. Back row (l-r) Missy Dreckman, Darlene Meier, Pam Andrews, Anne Makepeace, Kathy Thompson, Karen Sellner, and Bonnie Sondag.
In addition, if employees plan to take part in a local run, walk or another charitable event, they can use “Volunteer Match” to state their intent for taking part in that event. Then, they can encourage their fellow employees to sign up. “If at least five Allina employees participate in a run, walk or ride for a charitable cause, Allina will make a donation to the nonprofit on behalf of that group,” said Makepeace. “That donation is made on a sliding scale, so the greater the number of employees that participate, the greater the contribution amount.” Employees can sign up for all these opportunities at Allina.Volunteermatch.org.
Great Results for the Community
The Mission Matters program has been going on since last April, and the participation rates so far have been very strong.
“We have had 35 percent of our employees sign up in the volunteer match program, and so far they have logged over 1,000 hours of volunteer work,” said Makepeace. “Since the program is so new, we expect as employees better understand how to register their nonprofit and track their hours, these numbers will increase quite a bit.”
How to Get Involved
If you are a non-profit entity in the New Ulm area and you would like to learn more about Allina’s Mission Matters program and how your group might be able to benefit, register and post your volunteer opportunities at www.volunteermatch.org or call Anne Makepeace at 507-217-5153 for more information.