Ministry Good Samaritan Employee Advised Fund allocates $3,500 to area agencies
In its latest effort to support the Merrill community, the Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center Employee Advised Fund has awarded $3,500 to support the efforts of eight area organizations.
Launched in January of 2007, the Employee Advised Fund gives Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center employees, through payroll deductions and cash donations, an opportunity to distribute funds to local causes and to continue the tradition of ministering to the poor within the Merrill Community.
Agencies that received funding in the latest funding allocations include:
- $500 – Merrill Community Food Pantry
- $500 - HAVEN
- $500 - St. Vincent DePaul Outreach Center
- $500 – St. Francis Soup Kitchen
- $500 – Our Way
- $300 – Agape Center. For kitchen supplies for the family meal program for this non-profit Community Center in Milwaukee led by Ministry Health Care. Agape is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2012 and offers programs for youth, adults, families and seniors.
- $100 - North Country Riders, for support of children’s gifts for their breakfast with Santa program.
In addition, the employee advised fund pledged $600 to the Compassionate Care Fund at Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center. This fund assists patients who need help with transportation, food, telephone cards, clothing, and other basic needs at the time of discharge.
Including this year’s effort, more than $15,000 has been allocated to Merrill area agencies and organizations directly from this employee led effort.
“This is another example of our dedicated staff providing much needed support for our community,” said Anne Mathson, Ministry Good Samaritan foundation/community outreach director. “They are not only dedicated in their efforts to keep our patients first in everything they do, but are well aware and supportive of our community and these agencies who provide vital services to people in need.”
The Ministry Good Samaritan Employee Advised Fund is directed by a committee of up to 12 employees who participate on a voluntary basis. Together, they review local causes and allocate these funds and matching Foundation funds to local causes linked close to those who share the same values as Ministry Health Care.
Left to right: Sue Kruger and Anne Mathson, Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center; Judy Woller, Haven; Paul Jimenez, Ministry Good Samaritan