As seen in Hudson Star Observer by Meg Heaton, December 19, 2013
The role of everyone who works at Hudson Hospital & Clinic is to serve the community but usually that happens inside the building at Stageline and Carmichael Roads - and this year employees decided to bring their act on the road.
Several months ago representatives from employee groups throughout the organization met to brainstorm ideas of how to impact the local community outside of their workplace. Scott Allen, director of human resources, said that while many employees were already making individual efforts in their communities, they also wanted to do something as a work community. "We have a ton of wonderful people who want to help. We wanted to find a way to connect them to projects that would have meaning for them,” Said Allen. After brainstorming between 20-30 ideas, the employee group came up with four projects for the holiday season: A Habitat for Humanity home being built for fellow employee, Unseen Angels, the local group that provides thousands of meals at Thanksgiving. Turning point domestic abuse shelter for parents and children, and Operation HELP’s Christmas Campaign for Kids that helps provide families in need with gives and other items for the holidays.
- The 21-member Habitat crew worked in four-hour shifts, working on framing, insulation and drywall. They hope to return to the house in the spring to help put on the finishing touches.
- Some 40 staff members and their families, along with hospital volunteers worked with large crews at Camp St. Croix and Kilkarney Golf Club to assemble 10,000 Thanksgiving dinners that were delivered to those in need throughout the area.
- Hospital employees also chose to sponsor eight families with Operation HELP and to provide gifts, toys and more to families at the Turningpoint shelter in River Falls. More than 30 employees participated.
Allen said the employees are committed to working together to continue reaching out to the community. Other ideas include finding projects to benefit the community’s physical and financial health, as well as working with the school district and the children of the community. “They are looking for ways to interact that will not only help them and their families, but their friends and neighbors as well,” said Allen.