All ResCare operations are required to perform at least five community service projects every year. That requirement is incorporated into the company’s Best In Class ® quality assurance program. The Community Service Challenge sets the bar higher by challenging operations to participate in at least 10 community service projects annually. Those who attain that goal receive special recognition and a plaque that can be displayed at their offices.
The Community Service Challenge began in 1999 on the company’s 25th anniversary. Each operation was challenged to participate in at least 10 community service projects during the year. The challenge was well-received and has grown consistently since its creation with more operations meeting the challenge year over year.
Operations are encouraged to include both employees and the people we support. Community service provides the people we serve with an opportunity to interact with their communities and gain self confidence through helping others. Community service also gives the public a positive representation of the people we serve, whether they are individuals with disabilities, aging seniors or at-risk youth.
ResCare also has a commitment to its local Special Olympics organizations. The company is now the presenting sponsor of Special Olympics fundraisers in six states (Kentucky, Texas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Indiana) with plans to continue expanding our involvement. In Kentucky, we began sponsoring one team to represent us at the Special Olympics Plane Pull. Now, we have three teams, two of which are made up solely of the people we serve who are Special Olympics athletes. These are the community service projects we regularly measure, but to us community service is part of our commitment to the people who depend on our care. We would not be serving them if we did not deliberately and consciously plan ways for them to integrate into their communities and become contributing members in their towns and cities.