At Spectrum Health Care, we believe it is our responsibility to make a difference in people's lives, and we do that not only through providing quality health care services daily to people in their homes, but also by giving back to communities through our philanthropic programs. Each and every day, we strive to make a difference to people, and at Spectrum Health Care we maintain a culture that values caring, trust and responsiveness in all that we do. Our corporate philosophy of giving back to the community reflects our values as we care and respond to not only people who we serve locally, but to people globally as well.
Spectrum Health Care's corporate giving programs consist of the Xalibe Project, which focuses on providing healthcare, education and a clean water supply to people of a remote village in Guatemala, and the sponsorship of a local Canadian athlete who competed in the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China. Our strategic philanthropic causes continue to grow and evolve, as we continue to engage our employees and encourage them to participate as much as possible.
Spectrum Health Care has launched a strategic approach to corporate giving, and the benefits are being realised by a Guatemalan village and our own employees. The Spectrum Health Care team came together and decided that a new approach to giving, one that engaged field and office employees, and encouraged their active and ongoing, participation was a fantastic approach to our philanthropic goals.
The first step in the Spectrum Health Care initiative was the selection of a charity by a committee of employees. Given our focus on health, a health related cause was preferred. Since Canadians are well served by their healthcare system, it was decided that our focus would be international. After much deliberation, Spectrum Health Care selected Choice Humanitarian to help us connect with the people of Xalibe (Shall-ee-bay), a village in the remote Cloud Forest District of Guatemala. Spectrum Health Care and Choice Humanitarian have partnered with Tides Canada Foundation to help us facilitate fundraising activities in Canada.
Xalibe is a village of about 35 families that suffers from the collapse of their coffee industry and extreme poverty. Xalibe's needs are so great that, even before announcing the initiative to employees, Spectrum Health Care financed the completion of a water system for the village. As a result of employee participation, a basic medical station will be built and supplied. Then a few people in the village will be trained to improve the wellbeing of the entire community.
Key to the success of Spectrum Health Care's strategic philanthropy initiative is employee ownership. The Xalibe project is now in their hands. While Spectrum Health Care's management will support their objectives, it is up to the employees – as a community – to carry it into the future.
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