Thursday, August 19, 2010

Courtland Gardens Lives United!

“And down the stretch they come!” That’s a famous call during the Preakness as the horses round the final turn and head toward the finish line.

The same call also describes the 2010 United Way campaign because this year’s efforts are almost finished. If you are a LifeBridge Health employee, remember to turn in your form by the end of August.

At Courtland Gardens and Nursing Rehabilitation Center, instead of only one winner, everyone who participates can claim victory! More than $3,000 was collected as of August 13.

Coming up with creative ways to raise money for people in need that involves both employees and residents is a labor of love at the long-term care center.

“We have done many different activities, but the one that our residents like the most is shopping at our United Way dollar store,” says Joy Curbean, the Courtland Gardens United Way campaign chair. “We set up the store in the human resources office and sell donated items for between 25 cents and one dollar. For them, it’s like a mini-department store, and they enjoy the feeling of going through items and choosing what they want to buy.”

The dollar store is only one of the events spearheaded by the staff at Courtland Gardens. Among the others were candy sales, jean day, a raffle for Orioles tickets, a bake sale and a raffle for a day off.

“Raising funds for United Way requires team work and team spirit, so everyone benefits,” continues Joy. “It fosters a deep connection among our residents and staff because they are striving with a common goal…to help people who can use a helping hand through tough times.”

-Helene King

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