It’s a cold February morning, and a team of Fairview employees is about to do something many people told them is crazy.
But when the team named “Freezin‘ for a Reason” emerged from the Forest Lake Rotary Winter Plunge, they did more than brave the icy waters—they raised over $3,500 for cancer care.
This team isn’t alone. Fairview employees have been giving back to improve the health of people in our communities since our beginning more than 100 years ago. It’s part of who we are.
Inspired by the generosity of our employees, we recently launched a new initiative to amplify their efforts. Fairview Volunteers is an easy way for teams to organize volunteer activities that strive to improve people’s health.
“Our employees’ commitment to improving health is evident in their interactions with patients, families, coworkers—even those outside the workplace,” says Cindy Fruitrail, Fairview vice president of communications and public affairs. “Fairview Volunteers is a way to recognize and celebrate the important contributions our employees are making in our communities.”
In just the first month of the program, hundreds of Fairview employees have walked for partner organizations, helped stock our neighborhood food shelves and coordinated community blood drives. Dozens more projects are planned for the coming weeks.
As employees support the causes they’re most passionate about, they’re putting our mission to heal, discover and educate for longer, healthier lives on full display.
Ruth Schaffan, patient relations manager at Fairview Lakes Medical Center and member of the “Freezin‘ for a Reason” team, saw the team’s volunteerism inspire generosity in other community members, drive donations and extend the impact of the plunge’s reach—all while making a lasting impression on her teammates.
“It’s exciting to have our team pull together for a common cause,” says Ruth. “We’re a large part of this community, so once people are a part of this, they want to come back for more.”