SHARE Charlotte is grateful for Novant Health and all of the that they do for our local nonprofit community, including their continued support of our annual DO GOOD Week celebration, all while providing remarkable care to our greater Charlotte community.
When we asked our friends at Novant Health what motivates them to invest so heavily in our local nonprofit community and to give so generously, SVP of Consumer Engagement, Dr. Jerome Williams, Jr. shared with us:
“Over the last year, we have seen locally, nationally, and globally the need for services and assistance with basic needs to help people ride out the pandemic. Novant Health exists to improve the health of our communities, one person as a time. In that work, it is important for us to recognize ourselves as partners and support the other amazing organizations in the communities we serve because we cannot meet every need by ourselves. By supporting DO GOOD week, we demonstrate our commitment to our communities and our partners, and we know that when we come together, we amplify our impact.”
Curious how exactly Novant Health has been helping in efforts to get as many people in our community vaccinated as possible?
Novant Health has been working with trusted community partners to ensure equitable distribution of the vaccine. From the start, they have been in regular communication with community leaders and partners to provide COVID-19 and vaccine updates that they can share with their community members.
Additionally, Novant Health has developed and delivered educational materials in multiple formats and languages to reach as many people as possible. To expand access equitably and address vaccine hesitancy in communities hit hardest by the pandemic, Novant Health Community Engagement has been hosting small-scale vaccination events with trusted community partners in public health priority zip codes across our markets. Outreach is conducted so that community members are aware of the events and have access to schedule an appointment in locations that are familiar and trusted within their communities. These community “pop-up” events have administered anywhere from 50 to 600 vaccines a day to those who may not have access to other vaccine locations.
How are volunteers helping?
Volunteers are key in this process, especially at these community pop-up vaccination sites. Through the pandemic, every Novant Health team member and volunteer is acting on behalf of Novant Health to build trust and confidence, and to educate and relay accurate information to members of their communities.
And while Novant Health employees provide outstanding care year round, they are going above and beyond their typical call of duty during these difficult times.
The pandemic has impacted every position and has shifted day-to-day operations across the organization. In addition to their normal duties, team members have stepped up to staff vaccine clinics and testing centers and to volunteer for other organizations through our volunteer program (Novant Health Cares). Two of the core values of Novant Health are teamwork and compassion and these have never been demonstrated more than through the COVID-19 pandemic. Team members have come together—despite the uncertainty and stress of the last year--to provide a remarkable experience for every person who has trusted us with their health and care. When much of the world shut down, our team members found safe and innovative ways to continue caring for others, truly earning titles of healthcare and frontline heroes.
Although many Novant Health team members also experienced hardship throughout last year, the organization still came together at the end of 2020 for their annual team member giving campaign.
Through the “Giving. Serving. Together” campaign, Novant Health team members contributed over $1.2 million dollars in 2020 to support local nonprofit partners including the Arts & Science Council, Crisis Assistance Ministry, Second Harvest Food Bank, various community health clinics and select Novant Health Foundation funds (including the “Hope for Remarkable Team Aubergine” fund, which provides disaster relief for team members).
Over 2,830 Novant Health team members gave through the campaign to help those in need. Additionally, throughout the year, Novant Health coordinated and encouraged in-person and virtual volunteer opportunities for team members to support the community and our nonprofit partners.
We asked Novant Health if there was a volunteer in particular who stood out as a “super volunteer” and had the pleasure of learning about Katherine Haga, a chief resident with the Novant Health Family Medicine Residency Program.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Katherine--and a group of other residents--have gone above and beyond to not only find time to assist at our Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic for pediatric health assessments but to also volunteer at other non-profits in the community.
They took it upon themselves to address social determinants of health and other barriers our community faces in attaining their best health. They’ve assisted at many volunteer events, including at Second Harvest Food Bank and answering health-related questions at DUMC Bridge Builders.
Katherine summed up her “why” like this: “Everyone out there is facing challenges and has faced disappointment recently. We could all use a little resetting after this year, and I can’t think of a better way to refocus than through the gift of service and volunteering.”
Thank you Novant Health for sponsoring this year’s DO GOOD Week and for your continued and unwavering support of our local nonprofit community.