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John C. Lincoln Employees Care About Community

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Lincoln GIVES supported Camp Kesem, a free, week-long summer camp for children who are coping with a parent's death from cancer or coping with a parent's serious illness. The camp supports their special emotional needs while providing a fun week away.

A record-breaking kidney screening in Glendale. Travel funds to help victims of domestic violence relocate. Camp for children who have lost a parent to cancer. Jobs for homeless men and women.

In 2012, almost 1,500 John C. Lincoln Health Network employees committed $467,000 to Lincoln GIVES, the employee-run fund that supported these community programs and more.

Co-workers give a few dollars a month to a several hundred dollars a month, and that's added up to just over $6 million in the last 26 years.

"Through Lincoln GIVES, co-workers make a difference in our community," said Ryan Sereduk, John C. Lincoln Health Foundation annual campaign coordinator. "We are generous about supporting our community, and we believe in giving back.

Run by an elected committee of employees, co-workers can apply for grants for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that support education, health and human service programs in the John C. Lincoln Health Network communities. Priority is given to organizations and programs that directly affect individuals, children and families.

In addition, Lincoln GIVES grants have supported Network programs such as support groups for women with breast cancer and emergency food boxes at Desert Mission Food Bank. A portion of the funds also go to co-workers in crisis, such as helping a family pay bills when the husband was out of work due to a serious health condition.

Laura Askevold, RN, at John C. Lincoln, is a longtime supporter of Lincoln GIVES and appreciates the difference that John C. Lincoln makes in the community.

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"I did some research when I first started working here, and I thought it was an excellent organization," she said. "Charity starts at home, helping the organizations your co-workers support and helping your co-workers in need. I think it says a lot about John C. Lincoln that they give back to the community they serve."

Learn more about ways to help the community through John C. Lincoln at JCL.com/foundation.

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