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AMN is a committed and proactive corporate community partner. The goal of the AMN Community Relations program is to responsibly use our resources to support non-profits and community activities in health and human services, women and children initiatives, education, and economic development.
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By Jeanette Sanchez, Chief Information Officer, AMN Healthcare
On May 10, 2017, AMN Healthcare team members gathered in support of the Mental Health Systems (MHS) meditation garden rejuvenation project by painting “messages of hope” for those who battle mental illness. Seeking to create awareness and community for this cause, AMN Healthcare partnered with MHS in 2015, sending messages to a single facility in San Diego each year. I’m truly inspired by the heart of our team members and AMN, and this year, I’m excited to announce that the organization will donate messages to the MHS Bradley Building in Escondido, CA.
When I involved myself as an MHS board member in 2013, I was able to find purpose in removing stigmas that surround mental illness so those who are suffering can work to live a rich and rewarding life. As a mother to a child with mental illness, I realized that it took a community to make a difference, and I am thankful that the AMN team members have been so receptive to the cause!
I was thrilled to coordinate the first MHS external event with AMN Healthcare in 2015 because both of our organizations are dedicated to mental and physical health and wellness. At AMN we have a robust Wellness program that helps our team members care for their mental and physical well-being. I feel lucky to work for an organization like AMN that believes in supporting mental health and is so willing to engage our team members in sharing messages of encouragement to those most in need. My favorite part of the event is watching team members collaborate, share stories, and much like myself, find purpose in the cause. I am always excited to see the team come together, and I believe that something as simple as a rock with a painted message can provide some extra motivation for those who need it!
Moving forward, AMN Healthcare is finding ways to expand the program to other locations and is providing team members with “to-go bags” so they can craft messages from home. I am very grateful to work with team members who value community service and the personal development of others!
Our CSR Report shares our commitment to economic and social development that will have a positive impact on the health and well-being of our team members, local and global communities, and stakeholders at large, while advancing the quality of our company through engagement in the world around us.
In addition to various involvements with non-profit organizations throughout the year, AMN Healthcare offers a grant to its team members through the Community Connections program. This grant makes it possible for team members to act as a funding partner for the non-profit organization of their choice.
The following five charities, sponsored by various AMN team members, have been selected by the AMN Grant Committee to receive a $500 grant each, for a total of $2,500 for our 2017 2nd quarter.
By Denise Jackson, General Counsel and Senior Vice President, AMN Healthcare
This past weekend, 36 AMN Healthcare team members ran a collective 579 miles at Ragnar SoCal. But beyond the miles they covered as part of this annual 193 mile relay race across Southern California, AMN Healthcare’s three running teams also raised more than $25,000 for Girls on the Run. I am thrilled to count myself as a member of the AMN Healthcare SoleMates Team as AMN, Girls on the Run and running are all important parts of my life.
I first got involved with Girls on the Run as a Running Buddy in 2006. I was inspired by the organization’s belief that any girl can define who she wants to be, can rise to any challenge and can change the world. I also love the organization’s approach to developing the whole girl – physically, emotionally and socially – through an experience-based curriculum, community service and mentorship that integrates running.
After seeing the impact of the Girls on the Run program in San Diego, I quickly expanded my involvement with the organization. Since 2012, I have served on the Board for Girls on the Run International and am extremely proud to be the Chairperson.
I am grateful to work at a company that values community service and personal as well as professional growth. I helped start the AMN Healthcare Team SoleMates, a running group that supports our team members in pursuing their passion for running and making an impact in their local community. SoleMates has participated in a number of running events on behalf of Girls on the Run, raising more than $150,000 since we started the team in 2008.
This will be AMN Healthcare Team SoleMates’ fourth year participating in Ragnar. One of the reasons I started running was because of the community around the sport and Ragnar is a perfect race to showcase that spirit with team members depending on one another to complete each portion of the race and provide encouragement along the way. Girls on the Run’s mission of empowering every girl to achieve her limitless potential is inspiring to me, and one of the reasons I stay so motivated to continue competing in endurance races. I want to share my passion and the vision of this great organization with others. I am a Girl on the Run!
AMN team members get in the holiday spirit each year as they collect toys to donate to Rady Children’s Hospital. This year, the team was able to donate more than 100 toys! Thousands of children visit Rady Children’s Hospital facilities every year, and these donations go a long way towards cheering children up during a hospital stay or clinic visit.
Team Esperanza completed a medical and community development mission in the impoverished highlands of Huehuetanango, Guatemala. For the 4th year in a row, the mission was sponsored in part by AMN Healthcare, which sends both medical and community development volunteers.
Team Esperanza included a team of 32 AMN employees—both healthcare professionals for medical services and company volunteers for community development. The results of the Team Esperanza mission were incredible, including 130 surgeries, 89 stove installations and 452 water filter installations. The mission touched the lives of more than 1,200 people in just one week!
Read a firsthand account of the mission from AMN team member Caleb Stewart. For more information on AMN Healthcare Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, take a look at our 2015 CSR Report.
In continued support of the Make-A-Wish® Foundation, AMN Healthcare sponsored the San Diego Walk for Wishes. More than 150 AMN team members came out to the San Diego Embarcadero Marina Park for this family-friendly event, including Julie Fletcher, Chief Talent Officer, AMN Healthcare and a Make-A-Wish San Diego Board of Director. For more information, visit: http://sandiego.wish.org/
In an effort to help those in need in our community, the Dallas AMN office has partnered with Project Sleeping Bag to deliver food, clothing and other necessities to the homeless communities in Dallas and Fort Worth.
On Saturday, March 5, 23 AMN volunteers and family members helped to serve over 400 hamburgers to those who came to the event. Additionally, those who were unable to make the Saturday volunteer event helped donate other food and clothing items for the community. Our AMN team will continue to volunteer at both Dallas and Fort Worth locations the first Saturday of each month.
The following videos showcases some highlights of the efforts of our volunteers and images of those who we were able to serve! If you are interested in finding out more information on how to help, please contact Bonnie Britton or Noah Zimmerman.
About 20 AMN Healthcare volunteers recently gathered to serve dinner at Father Joe’s St. Vincent de Paul Village in San Diego. Volunteers included CEO Susan Salka and other company leaders and team members, who welcomed the homeless and others and then prepared and served nearly 250 dinners at the downtown facility, which provides meals, shelter and services to the homeless and disadvantaged members of the community. AMN team members spent the evening serving plates of pork stew, chicken, plantains and rice to individuals and families in the facility’s dining rooms.
Each day, St. Vincent de Paul Village serves 3,000 meals to community members, including homeless and non-homeless individuals and families, who might otherwise go hungry or have to engage in panhandling to meet this basic need. San Diego has the 5th largest homeless population in the nation among major cities, behind New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Seattle.
We wrapped AMN’s birthday month with a very successful event
at 10-year-old Caden’s house – granting his wish and making over his backyard to
have a play structure, trampoline, lots of lush tropical landscaping – even installing
a box brimming with new toys for him and his siblings to enjoy!
AMN’s employees worked hard to complete all of the yard
work, and even celebrated with a neighborhood block party at the end of the
day. Needless to say, Caden's expression was that of sheer joy when he returned
from LEGOLAND with his family and saw his new backyard -- and all the love and
support from everyone there!
A huge thank you to everyone who participated and
supported our birthday celebration of partnering with the Make-a-Wish
Foundation to make this very special little boy’s wish come true.
As a bonus, we also had an amazing turnout by every local
news station, which captured the highlights of the day, leading up to the big
reveal of Caden’s new backyard.
AMN’s employees volunteered to help work on the yard, donated toys and hosted a party for him at the end of the day, on March 30. It was an emotional day for Caden and his family as well as the AMN team.
sure to check out all the pictures and videos from the day’s event on our event album and watch the videos of making Caden's wish on our event playlist. Follow the event tweets below.
We all wish Caden continued health and well-being. And a
happy 30thAMN! Here’s to many more years of success!
For more information about AMN Community Relations, email Steve Wehn, Vice President of Government and Community Relations, or call him directly at (877) 282-0369.
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