Helping hearts encourages employees to volunteer

Kristen Jones, diagnostic imaging lead at ThedaCare Medical Center-Wild Rose, has always enjoyed helping others, but the ThedaCare Helping Hearts program motivated her to do more.

“I volunteered before, but now I talk about it more with my co-workers and try to do more,” said Jones, who teaches Sunday school at her church and volunteers regularly with the Mt. Morris Pioneers 4-H Club. “It is really an awesome program and it is great to have an employer that supports your volunteer efforts.”

Helping Hearts allows employees to get credit for logging volunteer hours at a nonprofit organization. When an employee reaches 150 hours of volunteer service, they receive $200 from ThedaCare they donate to a non-profit. ThedaCare launched Helping Hearts in 2003 and brought it to Wild Rose when the hospital joined the Appleton-based organization.

In 2015, Jones logged 151 hours and donated her $200 to the Wautoma Rotary Club. This past year, she completed the year with 153 hours and plans to send it to the Wautoma Lions Club next month.

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