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Ideas That Work: Pay It Forward
Making a Difference Each Month
OSM Staff
Publish Date: June 10, 2021   |  Tags:   Ideas That Work Workplace Culture
GIVING BACK A California surgery center’s charity initiative has boosted staff morale in addition to helping worthy community groups.   |   San Luis Obispo Surgery Center

When our management company instituted a day of service held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we jumped into action to see how we could support our local community. Two of our nurses, Patty Boyle and Dunbar Salin, worked with Director of Operations Alicia Prosser and our medical director to spearhead a Pay It Forward Campaign. Our team banded together and wound up donating more than 600 pounds of food and $2,500 in cash to the local food bank.

Our team enjoyed the project and knew that many other local groups needed help, so we decided to keep the initiative going by donating to a different charity in the community each month. In addition to the food bank, we have also made donations to a local canine rehabilitation group and a GoFundMe campaign for a pediatric cancer patient. We plan to do a beach cleanup one day this month and hope to raise awareness of our efforts so local businesses and our neighbors will join in to help. With everything that happened in 2020, we wanted to throw some positivity into 2021. Helping those in need throughout our community puts everyone on our team in great spirits, and we’re proud of their dedication to an attitude of gratitude.

Cindy Novak, RN
San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Surgery Center
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