Through the Vital Life Foundation, we support organizations that contribute to the lives of seniors, staff members, and the community at large. We believe that community health is every bit as important as personal health, and this is one way for us to prove it.
All Consonus employees are encouraged to participate in an annual walking challenge and fund-raiser called the Wellness Walk. During this four-week period, employees walk as much as they can, and the Vital Life Foundation donates $10 to the American Heart Association for each employee who meets the challenge. Several kinds of prizes are awarded, money goes to a worthy cause, and people get healthy exercise. Everybody wins.
Facing a transition point in her own life, Tracy Fritts, VP of quality and outcomes for Consonus Rehab, wanted to do something big to help someone else. Working as a Vital Volunteer with coworkers, friends, family and the Vital Life Foundation, she raised almost $108,000 to help find a cure for the cancer that took the life of her beloved father – and was named the 2015 Woman of the Year by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
BACKPACK TO SCHOOL
Backpack to School aims to provide necessary school supplies to the children in grades K-6 of every long-term care staff member in our partnering facilities. Ensuring the best possible educational experience is increasingly expensive—the cost of essential materials often exceeds $100 per child, and the financial challenges any family can face makes them an “extra” some parents cannot always afford. Employees serving in this profession make sacrifices every day to care for those in need, and we are continually inspired by their contribution. The Backpack program allows us to offer thanks for their selfless service, along with tangible support for the future of the young people who will one day care for America’s seniors—and for us.
IT’S ALL ABOUT CONNECTIONS
For the Vital Life Foundation, 2014 was a year of connections- of strengthening the bonds to our communities and charitable partners in innovative ways. It was about action and impact, cause and effect. Nurturing these connections kept us true to our mission, and added meaning to the lives of those living and working in long-term care.