Circle of Strength 2015
Allegiance Health Staff Campaign: May 4 - May 29
Every year, the Circle of Strength provides Allegiance Health staff with a meaningful yet convenient way to support your coworkers and your community. Helping to ensure assistance is available for those who need it the most, your donation will make a lasting and substantial impact on our health system and our community.
The Allegiance Culture of Giving team shares information about giving opportunities and collects gifts, materials or food items for campaigns throughout Allegiance Health. This year, Culture of Giving members have made some exciting changes to the Circle of Strength Campaign that include a wider variety of choices to which you can direct your donations. To show how much your support is appreciated, new prizes and incentives for giving have also been added. The team urges you to help Allegiance Health meet and exceed this year’s Circle of Strength goal of $165,000.
Choose the Areas You Wish to Support
From Monday, May 4 through Friday, May 29, you can designate your cash donations, vacation/PTO hours or payroll deduction to benefit the following areas of need. Choose up to four areas of need to total 100 percent of your donation.
Note: Payroll deduction will come out of your July 9 paycheck.
Addiction Recovery Support
Your gift will help provide assistance to clients accessing a halfway house, and it may also be used to purchase educational and miscellaneous items as needed for patient care and well-being.
Allegiance Health Endowment
Your gift will help ensure that the Allegiance Health Mission and Vision will be fulfilled for generations to come. These endowed funds are invested, and the interest income will be available on a regular basis for capital improvements and innovative projects.
Area of Greatest Need
Gifts with this designation will be used in any way that is most meaningful and useful to meeting the ever-changing needs of our health system. Examples may include the purchase of new technology or support for a free community service. Your donation supports Allegiance Health’s Mission to lead our community to better health and well-being at every stage of life.
CareLink – Occupational Therapy
Your gift will provide CareLink’s occupational therapy department with kitchen appliances and bathroom equipment that will help CareLink patients practice their activities of daily living and maximize their independence for a successful discharge home.
Continue the Promise: The Gayle M. Jacob Cancer Center Expansion
Your gift will help us consolidate our services to provide patients with an outstanding experience that promotes healing for their body, mind and spirit. It will also us to offer more space and privacy for patients with cancer and their families.
Cradling Hope: Allegiance Special Care Nursery Renovation
Your gift will help expand our space to care for babies born prematurely, with addiction, or facing other medical challenges. The new configuration will foster critical early bonding between our tiniest, most vulnerable patients and their parents.
Graduate Medical Education
Your gift will enhance the GME program and enable Allegiance Health to recruit and retain the very best residents.
Allegiance Hospice Home
Your gift will help provide the dignified, compassionate end-of-life care that is encompassed in our Mission. With your support, we can offer comfort and care for everyone, regardless of insurance or ability to pay.
Compassionate Care: Charity Care for Patients
Your gift will bring our Mission to life by helping Allegiance underwrite the costs of the care we provide for all patients, regardless of insurance or ability to pay.
SAFE (Staff Assistance for Emergencies)
SAFE, managed by the Allegiance Health Foundation, provides confidential grants or loans for eligible Allegiance staff experiencing sudden, unforeseen financial hardships. Since SAFE began in 2008, nearly $400,000 has been provided for staff through the program.
We Care – For Patients (Fund for immediate patient needs)
Your gift will help remove financial barriers that can keep our patients from accessing care; it will allow us to provide gas cards, bus tokens, food cards, clothing, utility assistance, eyeglasses, dentures, home health safety items and other essential support for patients and caregivers.
Allegiance Women’s Health Center Oncology Aesthetics
Your gift will help provide post-treatment spa facials and massages for female cancer patients to promote relaxation and healing.
Business Support Professional Development
Your gift will help bring in special continuing education speakers and provide conference and scholarship opportunities for non-clinical staff.
Clinical Professional Development
Your gift will help bring in special continuing education speakers and provide conference and scholarship opportunities for patient care workers who are not nurses.
Nursing Professional Development
Your gift will help bring in special continuing education speakers and provide conference and scholarship opportunities for nurses.
Giving Has Many Rewards – Incentive Gifts and Activities
Giving to a worthy cause is its own reward, but the Culture of Giving Team has added a few extra incentives for you this year! In appreciation of your generosity, we invite you to enjoy the following:
Membership in this exclusive club is new to COS this year. Donating at least $6, 26 times per year, or making a one-time gift of $156, secures your membership. As a Club member, you will receive a lanyard that allows you to fill your own mug or cup (up to 16 oz.) at the Commons Café, anytime from May 4 through May 29. You will also receive a 75-cent discount on a beverage of your choice at the Commons Ground coffee shop. All CLUB 26 members will be invited a party after the campaign ends, and your names will be entered into drawings for special prizes and a PTO day.
Why I CLUB 26 videos: From May 4 through May 8, staff who pledged into CLUB 26 will be encouraged to record a video to explain why they CLUB 26. The winning entry will receive a pizza party. Examples of Why I CLUB 26 will be available.
On Tuesday, May 5, CLUB 26 representatives will be available at both the hospital and One Jackson Square. You are invited to join us for snacks and learn more about Club 26. You will have an opportunity to pledge for membership at that time.
From May 12 through May 14, departments (which will be self-defined) are invited to host internal fundraising events. The three departments that raise the most money per capita will win a pizza party. Please know that the activity your department chooses does need the approval of your supervisor.
Prizes & Gifts
Everyone who donates will receive a Circle of Strength lapel pin. Over the course of three weeks, we will have 25 drawings for gift cards to both Allegiance Health and the Green Market. During the fourth week, one lucky winner will win a day off with pay!
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! Your donation is tax deductible to the extent provided by law.
One hundred percent of your donation will directly benefit the Staff Campaign. For example, if you give $8 per pay period, designating 25 percent to the CareLink – Occupational Therapy, 25 percent to SAFE, 25 percent to Business Support Professional Development, and 25 percent to Cradling Hope: Allegiance Special Care Nursery Renovation then $2 will go to each of your designated areas each of the 26 pay periods.
We strongly encourage you to make your donation using the ease and convenience of AllegianceHealth.org/COS. Donations to COS are encouraged three ways.
- You can give a one-time donation or have a specific dollar amount deducted each pay period.
- You can also designate your vacation/PTO hours (4-hour minimum) toward the Campaign.
- You can write a check for a one-time donation. Please make the check payable to the Allegiance Health Foundation.
For more information, please contact the Allegiance Health Foundation at (517) 817-7508.
The vacation/PTO donation will occur on your paycheck dated July 24, 2014.
No, you are not allowed to donate vacation/PTO over more than one pay period. While IRS regulations allow us to offer vacation/PTO donation for this purpose, it limits our ability to offer it to only one pay period per year.
Yes. Your vacation/PTO donation creates taxable income for the dollar value equal to your hourly rate of pay multiplied by the number of hours you are donating. This is the amount that will be contributed to the Foundation and that you may be able to deduct on your federal tax return.Your paycheck for July 9, 2015 will be lower because additional taxes will be withheld on the amount of the vacation/PTO donation. Please plan accordingly.As an example, assume you donate 10 hours of vacation/PTO and make $20 per hour. The calculated donation is $200. The amount is reported as income on your paycheck and is included in the calculation of taxes withheld from your paycheck. Taxes on this amount would be in the range of $70. So, the net amount you receive for this pay period would be $70 less than usual.
Payroll deductions will begin on July 9, 2015 and continue through June 23, 2016.
Absolutely! Successfully reaching our Campaign goal of $165,000 will take 1,058 employees giving $6 per pay period. However, some employees may choose to give less and some to give more. Whatever the amount, your contribution is greatly appreciated and will have a significant impact on Allegiance Health’s ability to help people in need.
The 2015 Circle of Strength campaign runs from May 4 – May 29, 2015. During that time, staff will have the opportunity to make pledges toward the four specific giving areas. Then in FY2016, the funds will be collected, starting with the July 9, 2015 paycheck and running through June 23, 2016. Once all of the donations are in, they will be applied to the appropriate projects for which they were designated.
If you have questions regarding this year’s Circle of Strength campaign, please see one of the Culture of Giving members listed below:
- Brandi Baynes, Patient Safety
- Jennie Belden, Hospitalists & Executive Coordinator for Dr. King
- Deborah Bendele, Clinical Decision Support
- Karen Biskupski, Inpatient & Outpatient IV Therapy
- Dave Dochoda, Environmental Services
- Theresa Donahee, Legal Affairs
- Jessica Douglas, Trauma
- Carrie Fransted, Occupational Health
- Briana Johnson, Patient Scheduling
- Sharon Koch, Central Sterile Processing
- Charlene Ludwig, Purchasing
- Shari Luppo, Substance Abuse Services
- Tanya Marsh, AFM & ADC North Street, Mason and Leslie
- Becky Mayer, Volunteer Services
- Janine McGill, Hospice Home
- Becky Meagher, Case Management
- Barb Mierzwa, Women’s Health Center
- Amy Neuman, Marketing
- Brenda Owens, Transport
- Michelle Pierce, CDU-1
- Greg Putra, Cardiovascular Services
- Joe Ritter, Laboratory
- Jamie Rudd, Sleep Center
- Kelsie Stevens, HIM
- Dea Talmage, Foundation
- Kathi Tennis, Chronic Care Services
- Lynda Waldron, Lobby Gift Shop
- Becky Waldron, Rehabilitation
- Bendy Wood, Patient Financial Services
- Terri Yafai, Hospice Home
- Jill Yehl, Foundation
Also, feel free to contact the Foundation at 817-7508 for questions regarding this year’s COS Campaign.