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March 7, 2017
To provide high-quality, affordable health care services to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve.
Kaiser Permanente recognizes that the success of our business depends upon people working in a spirit of cooperation for the betterment of the world around us. We have a responsibility to be a good neighbor and to be involved in community issues and concerns. We believe that if we invest in our neighbors with volunteer and financial resources, positive partnerships will result as we strive to sustain and improve the quality of life for all.
All employees have up to 96 hours annually for community service with their supervisor’s approval.
Volunteering speaks to the mission of Kaiser Permanente as a nonprofit, integrated health care delivery system. The success of our business depends upon people working in a spirit of collaboration to sustain and improve our quality of life for all. We have a responsibility to be a good neighbor and to be involved in community issues and concerns.
Kaiser Permanente Colorado employee’s volunteered for 8,960 hours in 2016! Kaiser Permanente hosted 309 community projects, which benefited 201 nonprofit community organizations. That’s $300,000+ estimated value of time.
Kaiser Permanente Northern Colorado had over 40 employees volunteer and hosted 15 projects in 2016.
One of the largest projects in Northern Colorado was the Poudre Canyon Youngs Gulch Trail Building Project in partnership with Wildlands Restoration Volunteers. This project brought together 6 Kaiser Permanente employees for a collaborative day of volunteering at the Poudre Canyon Youngs Gulch Trail, which has been closed since the 2012 High Park Fire. Eight-hours were spent building a new trail, moving lot of rock, and enjoying the day in the mountains.
The largest volunteer day of the year for Kaiser Permanente is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This day is seen as a day to promote equal rights for all Americans, regardless of their background. Kaiser Permanente has supported a DAY ON, not a Day Off on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day for the past ten years.
Kaiser Permanente Northern Colorado participated in four 2016 MLK Day volunteer projects. The Medical Office staff in Loveland, Fort Collins, Spring Creek clinic and the Loveland administration office all held a service-to-go project making fleece scarves for homeless individuals and families in Larimer County.
Northern Colorado employees:
Kaiser Permanente Colorado Marathon: For the third consecutive year, Kaiser Permanente will be the Title Sponsor for this exciting event. The 16th running of the Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K, and 10K and the new Relay Race will take place on May 7, 2017. The Colorado Marathon, a Boston qualifier, is the fastest and most scenic marathon in Colorado.
Emergency Food Box Program: In 2016 Kaiser Permanente has launched an Emergency Food Box Program at the Greeley Medical Office and will start the same program in Fort Collins and Loveland in 2017. This program is designed to support Kaiser Permanente members who are struggling with food security, and may not know where their next meal is coming from, by providing them with an Emergency Food Box while at a Kaiser Permanente medical office. This program aligns with Kaiser Permanente food insecurity work throughout Colorado.
Thriving Schools: Sixteen Colorado school districts along the Front Range, received a combined $968,080 in Thriving Schools grant funding to continue the work that is helping to increase physical activity and wellness before, during and after school for Colorado’s young students. Grant amounts vary depending on district size, population served, and free and reduced lunch rates. The districts receiving grants represent 531 schools and more than 300,000 students across Colorado.
Since launching nationally in February 2013, Kaiser Permanente has committed more than $3 million in Thriving Schools grants to increase physical activity in Colorado schools and has reached more than 550,000 students in this state.
The following Northern Colorado school districts received Thriving Schools grants:
B Sharp: B Sharp is an arts engagement program that Kaiser Permanente is sponsoring in partnership with Banner Health, the Fort Collins Symphony, Alzheimer's Association, Larimer County Office on Aging, Dementia-Friendly Communities of Northern Colorado and Colorado State University.
The B Sharp Program launched in 2015 and provided 30 people with dementia and their primary caregiver the opportunity to attend five Fort Collins Symphony Master Works concerts during the 2015-2016 season. They will be able to enjoy the music, engage with other community members and participate in a study aimed to engage people with dementia and their caregivers in an immersive community musical experience that was hoped would provide therapeutic benefit. This unique program in the community has begun to serve as a catalyst for other dementia-focused programs in Northern Colorado, and the 2017 B Sharp Expansion Project is already underway.
Fort Collins Bike Share Program: In 2014, the City of Fort Collins completed a Bike Share Business Plan with funding from Kaiser Permanente. This plan provided recommendations for implementing automated bike share in Fort Collins, building on the success of the existing Fort Collins Bike Library. In 2016, the City launch the Bike Share program. Bike share aims to make bicycling more accessible to residents and visitors of Fort Collins. Through seamless integration with the City's MAX transit system, bike share will offer convenient multimodal transportation options 24/7. Kaiser Permanente currently has one sponsored bike station at the Downtown Transit Center and will have two additional bike stations in Fort Collins in 2017.
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