It’s the season of giving, and during the months of November and December, Medline and Medline employees donated more than $850,000 worth of hand sanitizer to nonprofit organizations; packed food for children in low-resource countries; sorted and packed hygiene kits, clothing and other donations; decorated cards for seniors and resettled immigrants and refugees; and, fulfilled holiday wish lists for children and families in need.
The donations and volunteer events capped off another successful year of giving, part of Medline’s ongoing commitment to strengthening communities and addressing determinants of health – the social, economic and environmental conditions that influence disparities in health status and care. As of December 1, 1,339 employees had provided 6,250 hours of volunteer service in 2021.
Additional 2021 highlights include:
- The donation of 60,000 bottles of hand sanitizer to United Way of Metro Chicago’s south-southwest suburban partners to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, and other flu and cold viruses, this winter. The donation was part of a larger hand sanitizer donation – more than 19,500 cases – to 73 nonprofit organizations, including the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels and the Salvation Army in Chicago; the Boys and Girls Club of Tracy, California; and police, fire and municipal departments throughout the U.S.
- The completion of Medline’s first-ever Month of Service in November, encouraging and incentivizing employees to participate in organized volunteer events. Employees could also participate in volunteer opportunities of their choice, or donate to select organizations. Nearly 600 Medline employees volunteered approximately 1,400 hours during the Month of Service.
- Donations valued at more than $283,000 through Medline Cares, a program created in 2020 to help stimulate health equity and population health in the communities where employees live and work.
- The creation and distribution of hygiene kits – including shampoo, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste and other essential items – by Medline employees in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois and New Jersey. Medline donated 2,680 hygiene kits in 2021, valued at more than $7,000.
- The distribution of 15 Community Impact Grants, totaling more than $250,000, to nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. working to address disparities in health status and care.
- The continued, broad support of several specific organizations, including Cradles to Crayons (C2C), a nonprofit providing hygiene items, clothing, diapers and other essentials for mothers, babies and families living at or below the poverty line. After providing a $25,000 Community Impact Grant to the organization in 2020, Medline hosted nine volunteer events this year in support of C2C with the help of more than 150 employee volunteers. These efforts included the assembly and donation of 1,280 hygiene kits, and the donation of 110 cases of hand sanitizer. In November, Medline also hosted events at the organization’s Giving Factory in Chicago as part of the Month of Service, where more employees, friends and family sorted donations for distribution before the holidays.
- The donation of more than 500 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to the Northfield Township Food Pantry (NTFP). The Medline Service Corps helped to harvest and distribute the produce, grown on site at Medline’s corporate headquarters.
Through the Employee Recognition Program, employees who made an exceptional impact in their communities through volunteerism or fundraising in 2021, were selected to nominate a charity of their choice to receive up to $3,000 in grants. Medline recently distributed 15 grants, totally $45,000. In addition, Medline volunteers could earn up to $250 in donations for a charity of their choice through the “Dollars for Doers” program.
“We are proud of our outstanding employees and their ongoing efforts on behalf of the people and communities most in need,” said Francesca Olivier, senior director of Medline Corporate Social Responsibility. “Despite the ongoing pandemic, Medline again helped to strengthen our communities in 2021, by partnering with nonprofit organizations to address the social determinants of health.”
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