From fundraising to volunteering time, our employees participate in a wide variety of community service activities. It’s an essential part of our company identity—we truly see ourselves as stewards of the communities we serve, and our employees seem to have an endless amount of interest and energy when it comes to helping others.
At PacificSource, we strive to improve the communities we serve, with a particular emphasis on increasing access to healthcare services. But we know that the health of a community relates to more than just healthcare—it also relates to the support network available to those who require assistance in making healthy lifestyle choices or providing for their basic needs. That is why we devote our time and resources to:
The Healthy Communities Committee
Healthy Communities, our community giving program, is designed to benefit nonprofit organizations that serve people in the communities where we do business. Through this program, we provide financial support, in-kind donations, and employee volunteer assistance to organizations working toward some or all of the following goals:
- To educate and empower individuals and families to adopt healthy behaviors and lifestyles,
- To sponsor safe, healthy, educational, and fun family-oriented activities, and
- To build local capacity to improve the health of the community.
Our employee-run Healthy Communities committee directs funding from their sizeable annual budget to the organizations and projects they feel best meet the goals of our program. Committee members serve a six-month term, which will allow a large number of our employees to participate in the Healthy Communities program over time.
For more information on this program, please visit our Healthy Communities page.
The United Way
Our annual campaign raises tens of thousands of dollars through a variety of activities and Pledge Card donations. Each October, a committee of employees plan events such as an all-employee breakfast, a raffle of extraordinary donated gift baskets, and much, much more. While many of the activities center in our Springfield headquarters, those in our regional offices participate via the Internet and by making donations to their local United Way offices.
Our support of the United Way also extends to the annual Day of Caring, where a team of employees spends four hours working at one of the agencies that receives support from the United Way. We also participate in the Loaned Executive program, allowing an employee to spend several months working on behalf of the United Way while remaining on our payroll and benefits.
Relay for Life
Each year, our employee team spends two months fostering support and excitement for our local Relay for Life event. Fundraising activities such as asking for pledges, holding a lunchtime barbeque, and selling certificates to allow coworkers to wear casual attire for a week bring in money to fight cancer. But the real magic happens when employees gather at our company booth during the 24-hour event, walking with coworkers, friends, and family members to pay tribute to those who have experienced cancer firsthand.
March of Dimes: March for Babies
To support the efforts of the March of Dimes, a team of PacificSource employees walks in the annual March for Babies event. They ask friends and coworkers to donate to the event, which raises money to prevent premature births and ensure babies get a good start in life. We also hold a series of fundraising activities in our offices, including delivering Valentine treats and running a silent auction for arts and crafts created by PacificSource employees. Our fundraising has been so successful and innovative that the captain of our March for Babies committee was featured in the national March for Babies newsletter early in 2010 to encourage other team captains in their organization and planning for the current campaign.
Junior Achievement (JA) is dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. In the 2009-2010 school year, more than 35,000 children in Oregon and Washington were served by JA, and PacificSource was right there to lend a hand! Ten of our employees volunteered in classrooms to teach students how to balance a checkbook, create a budget, explore career options, and more. But the support didn't end there; our JA committee held a series of fundraisers, culminating in a company Bowl-A-Thon.
Literacy Partners is intended to assist students that are struggling with their studies due to poor reading skills. Under the guidance of school staff, volunteers offer assistance and encouragement to an individual student to help improve his or her reading and comprehension skills. For a few years now, volunteers from PacificSource have paid weekly visits to local middle schools as they worked with students to improve their reading skills.
Alive After Five
When employees in our Boise office agreed to sponsor one of the most popular summer events in the city, they knew they were taking on a challenge. For 16 weeks during the summer, Alive After Five (presented by PacificSource Health Plans) draws thousands of people to the heart of the city each Wednesday for live music, cool beverages, delicious food, and fun vendor booths.
Each week, a nonprofit organization is invited to share the PacificSource booth to spread awareness for their cause, seek donations, or accept volunteers. While our employees hand out PacificSource balloons or fans to the crowd, our partners offer fun activities at our booth. Some of the nonprofits have held 50/50 raffles to raise money for their cause, while others have raffled prizes donated by PacificSource.
Children's Cancer Association
When seriously ill children and their families need more than medicine, the Children's Cancer Association (CCA) is there in the hospital and at home with award-winning programs powered by a compassionate community. Programs led by the CCA include Chemo Pal, which pairs up a mentor with a child who is undergoing chemotherapy, and Music Rx, an award-winning approach to assisting hospitalized children with group and one-on-one music sessions, palliative and comfort care music services, and much more.
In 2008, our Portland office sponsored the CAA Get Inspired Luncheon and one of our employees was a speaker at the event. PacificSource sponsors CCA because the organization's values so closely match our own: we both serve our communities, we both are not-for-profit, and we both understand the needs that stretch beyond medical care for families with critical illnesses. We support our members and their families in these situations with our excellent Customer Service Representatives and Nurse Case Managers, while CCA helps families by bringing joy, music, and magic into tragic circumstances.