Friday, August 30, 2013

'Don’t Stop Your Giving'

GIVING IT HER ALL: Emily Vanderburg, operating room assistant in Lunder, stars in the 2013 My Giving Helps employee campaign music video.

Working hard to do our share/ We all give to show we care/ Givin’ anything to do our part/ Just once a year/ MGH, United Way/ You can choose to give today/ Oh, the support never ends/ It goes on and on and on and on

With the premiere of the “Don’t Stop Your Giving” music video set to the tune of a classic Journey song, the My Giving Helps: The MGH Fund + United Way employee campaign is back in action for a second year. MGH staff are gearing up for a number of events to celebrate this year’s campaign, which runs from Sept. 3 through 27. During the campaign, donations may be made to the MGH Fund, United Way or both through as a recurring payroll pledge or a one-time gift in any amount.

“Nearly 3,000 employees gave to My Giving Helps in 2012,” says Keith Lillemoe, MD, surgeon-in-chief and chief of the Department of Surgery, who is the lead co-chair of My Giving Helps. “It’s an impressive number that we know will continue to grow in 2013. The MGH is among the best hospitals in the world because of greatest asset – its employees – who go above and beyond in their commitment to patients and community members.”

Gifts to the MGH Fund provide the hospital with unrestricted dollars to support its most promising programs and initiatives. Employee donations have helped advance research breakthroughs such as the CTC-chip, a technology that may revolutionize cancer care. Donations also have helped to establish clinical programs such as The MGH Institute of Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care and the Herscot Center for Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. Beyond the hospital campus, gifts to the MGH Fund help local communities through projects like Smart Choices, which awards grants to deserving health and human service agencies in Charlestown.

Donations even have an impact on a global level; for example, the MGH Fund provided assistance in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. Other efforts that have received funding benefit employees, such as the Back-up Child Care Center and the Be Fit program.

Gifts to United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley provide assistance to more than 170 organizations in the Boston area, including the Boys & Girls Clubs, Pine Street Inn and the American Red Cross.

Employees can make a general donation, or they can choose to support United Way’s three focus areas of children, youth and families. United Way annually evaluates supported organizations to ensure donations are put to good use.

“Although employees can choose to give to one or the other, we hope that they will consider giving to both the MGH Fund and United Way,” says Ann Prestipino, MPH, senior vice president for Surgical and Anesthesia Services and Clinical Business Development who serves as lead co-chair of the campaign. A donation in any amount can make an enormous difference in the lives of our patients and in the lives of local families in need.”

Campaign calendar

My Giving Helps campaign co-chairs are hosting a series of events throughout the month of September, including:

2013 Kick-Off Day and Penny Wars Sept. 4: The campaign will kick-off with a hospitalwide Penny Wars competition. Employees will be divided into teams and compete to win the most points by donating change, with one penny equaling one point and silver change worth its value in negative points. Penny Wars tables will be located in the Yawkey and White lobbies and at Eat Street Cafe in the main campus as well as Building 149 in the Charlestown Navy Yard.

Blood Donation Challenge
Sept. 9-13:
Give back to the hospital by donating blood or platelets at the MGH Blood Donor Center. All donations will benefit MGH patients, and donors will be entered to win a prize.

Cupcake Sales
Sept. 9-20:
My Giving Helps cupcakes will be on sale around campus and delivered via cupcake truck to off-site locations. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the campaign.

Blue and Orange Week
Employees wearing blue and orange spotted by a campaign champion will be eligible to receive prizes ranging from movie tickets to overnight hotel stays.

For more information about the 2013 My Giving Helps campaign, visit

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