Almost 200 operations ring in 15th year of Community Service Challenge

The ResCare Resource Center raised $26,000 for Special Olympics Kentucky during the 2013 Plane Pull.

The ResCare Resource Center raised $26,000 for Special Olympics Kentucky during the 2013 Plane Pull.

NATIONWIDE (March 20, 2014) – Results for ResCare’s 2013 Community Service Challenge are in and nearly 200 operations stepped out in to the community with their employees and the people they support to make a difference. Last year marked the 15th year of the Community Service Challenge, which amounts to thousands of hours by thousands of people each year. Whether that’s in the volunteer work they do or supporting the people we serve to be contributing members of the community, they are all working towards one common goal – to assist people in reaching their highest level of independence.

With 194 operations meeting the challenge of a 10-project minimum, ResCare employees coordinated and participated in over 2,600 projects in 2013. Projects resulted in over 45,000 hours served, almost $1,000,000 raised, over 100,000 items collected, 20,250 employee participants and 25,600 people we serve interacting in the community while making a difference!

ResCare Residential Services’ Davis Street Group Home in Petersburg, WV, and Fowler Group Home in Clarksburg, WV, with 54 and 53 projects, respectively, had the strongest showing in the challenge. Both group homes have many people they support participate, which helps them stay motivated to complete so many projects.

From left, Client Services Supervisor TaWanna Davis, Client Services Supervisor Irene Gonzalez, Client Services Supervisor Patty Gonzalez, Branch Manager Marvin Hilahan and Executive Director Tzeitel Brinkley raised $855 for the Alzheimer’s Association during their annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

From left, Client Services Supervisor TaWanna Davis, Client Services Supervisor Irene Gonzalez, Client Services Supervisor Patty Gonzalez, Branch Manager Marvin Hilahan and Executive Director Tzeitel Brinkley raised $855 for the Alzheimer’s Association during their annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

In addition to getting people we support out in the community, helping organizations that support similar populations as ResCare are also popular community service activities each year. Supporting Special Olympics has a long tradition with ResCare employees, but other organizations like the Alzheimer’s Association have also seen increased participation.

Author: Rachel Thomas