Employees unite for record-breaking giving to United Way
Record contributions from YNHH employees to the Greater New Haven United Way for the 2013 and 2014 campaigns have earned the hospital the United Way Corporate Community Champion Award. Jack Healy (third from right), president and CEO of United Way of Greater New Haven, recently presented the award to the campaign committee leaders (l-r) Andy Orefice, program coordinator, Community and Government Relations; Lynda Pasquarella, executive secretary, Administration; Kathleen Bruenn, manager, Laboratory Medicine and campaign co-chair; Jay Morris; Paula Crombie, director, Social Work; and Cindy von Beren, executive director, Catholic Heritage and Cultural Integration, both campaign co-chairs. Patricia DeWitt, director, Community Health and campaign co-chair, was unavailable for the photo.
For the second consecutive year, Yale-New Haven Hospital employees have set a record by donating generously to United Way. The campaign, kicked off by an appeal from hospital President and COO Richard D'Aquila, ended with total contributions of $248,453, an increase of more than 5 percent over 2013 campaign contributions.
The United Way of Greater New Haven supports local service agencies in communities throughout the 12-town region that focus attention and resources to ensure, among other initiatives, that children are educated and families are stable and secure. Yale-New Haven has been a long-time supporter of United Way.
"With employee contributions totaling nearly a quarter of a million dollars, this was a banner year for the United Way campaign at Yale-New Haven," said Jay Morris, vice president and executive director of Yale New Haven Health's Institute for Excellence, and administrative chairman of the YNHH United Way campaign. "Because of YNHH employees' caring spirit and generous donations through our United Way campaign, our dollars are hard at work strengthening our communities.
"A heartfelt thank you to all employees who contributed to this year's campaign and a special word of gratitude to the 100 employees who served as United Way team captains," added Morris. "The energy and enthusiasm of the captains throughout the hospital were key to the campaign's success."
The annual campaign included information fairs at many hospital locations sharing information with employees about the work of United Way. Several departments also held "mini" campaigns that encouraged giving within their work groups. In addition, the campaign kicked off with a successful school supply drive, with more than 14,000 supplies collected and donated to area schools.