Platte Valley has been known to support its associates in times of need. One of the ways we do is through our Employee Assistance Fund – where associates are supporting associates.
As of August 1, the Employee Assistance Fund has been transformed and renamed the Humanitarian Program. SCL Health currently uses this program throughout the system and continues to have positive results for associates experiencing financial hardship.
Here’s how the Humanitarian Fund works: Associates may donate a designated amount of their paycheck or available PTO to the Humanitarian Program through the PVMC Foundation. These donations are the funds used to support associates upon their financial hardship. The associate in need can reach out to the Humanitarian Program for assistance. Payment of proceeds granted to the associate, either through an interest free loan or donation, will go directly toward rent, utilities, medical bills, etc. “We want to be able to assist associates in need for years to come,” said Carol Baumgartner, Executive Director of Platte Valley Medical Center Foundation. “It is my belief that associates perform their job duties more efficiently if they are not concerned about undesirable circumstances in their personal life.”
One example of the EAF’s positive impact was for a Platte Valley associate who wasn’t able to work for an extended amount of time after emergency surgery. Being the sole income provider for her family, her entire paycheck was dedicated to living expenses. Platte Valley was able to give her a small gift to help with her bills while she got back on her feet.
Current statistics reveal that on average 11-13% of their employees give back to the non-profit they work for. Through the many years of hard work and stewardship by Chaplain Daryl Meyers, Platte Valley’s average is 23% and continues to rise. He believes that 30% is a reasonable goal to reach by year-end because as we all know, Platte Valley associates have big hearts and care about other associates.
“The people who work here are phenomenal. It’s amazing that they give so much back to Platte Valley through their work, wallets and hearts. If each one of our 900 associates gave just $1-$2 a pay period, think of how many associates we could help,” said Carol.
If you find yourself in a place of need and want to fill out a Humanitarian Fund Application, you can reach out to Chaplain Daryl Meyers at x1590 and firstname.lastname@example.org or Carol Baumgartner in the Foundation at x3630 and email@example.com.