Our corporate partners provide philanthropic gifts that support our mission and drive organizational growth, as well corporate volunteers who are ambassadors for our mission every day.
Through their generous donations, our corporate partners demonstrate their commitment to improving the quality of life of persons living with critical, chronic or terminal illnesses. Open Hand’s corporate partners help us keep pace with the growing demand for nutrition services for our clients and their dependent children, and we are honored by their support.
Corporate Partner Spotlight
Kaiser Permanente’s mission "to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve" couldn't be more perfectly aligned with the mission of Open Hand Atlanta. This is only one reason why we are so fortunate to have Kaiser Permanente as a valued partner.
Recently, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia, Inc. contributed $85,000 to Open Hand to support our “Eat Well Live Well Program” targeting persons with uncontrolled diabetes (A1C >7). The funding will support the provision of 2 medically-tailored meals per day for 3 months in addition to in-home nutrition assessments by an Open Hand Registered Dietitian to collect pre/post data. This is an important initiative for Open Hand -- one in which we will utilize new Kaiser-funded tools that allow us to more effectively track clients' progress on health measures and aggregate results to document the impact of program services on our clients' health.
UPDATE: Preliminary results show that food insecurity among this target population has dropped from around 40% to 12%. Also, the number of clients referred to long-term food benefit programs (WIC and senior farmers market program) went from 0 to 10, illustrating the importance of Open Hand Registered Dietitians helping to connect clients to a sustainable means for managing their food insecurity.
We couldn't be more thankful to have such a trusted partner as Kaiser Permanente to help us undertake this valuable project. A special thanks to Open Hand Board member Debra G. Carlton, MD, Associate Medical Director of Primary Care and Behavioral Health for Kaiser Permanente. Her tremendous guidance and leadership has enabled us to help Kaiser Permanente fulfill its mission to make a difference in our communities and make them better places to live, work and thrive.
Cox Automotive is unique in every sense of the word. Recognized as one of the country's best places to work, Cox Automotive has built a corporate culture unlike any we've been associated with in 25 years of serving our community - providing a living example of the company's vision and values.
Just ask our operations team. Cox Automotive volunteers spend so much time in the kitchen, they're like staff members...willing to do whatever it takes to ensure that we get thousands of meals out the door every day.
You'll also see plenty of those trademark bright green shirts on our delivery routes, as Cox Automotive continually steps up to help us deliver meals to our clients. They've even started a tradition of adopting as many routes as possible the day before Thanksgiving since many of our other volunteers are out of town or spending time with their families.
Cox Automotive contributes in so many other ways as well. Each year, they are the presenting sponsor for Dining Out for Life, one of our two signature fundraising events, and along with parent company Cox Enterprises, generously underwrite our community-wide volunteer appreciation event. Cox Automotive also provides invaluable leadership by way of Esther Dabney on our Board of Directors and Michele Blondheim on our Advisory Board, as well as through the thoughtful day-to-day guidance of their Community Relations, Human Resources, Facilities and IT teams.
Of course, you simply need to step foot on our campus to see the dramatic (and creative) impact of our partnership. Thanks to Cox Automotive, our new Volunteer Engagement and Community Training Center is now a reality - enhancing the Open Hand volunteer experience and providing us with greater capacity to train and educate not only our volunteers, but those at risk in our community. AutoTrader.com also kindly donated the high-quality workstations, file cabinets and other furniture you'll see throughout our new building, and is currently working to create graphic treatments and signage that will adorn our new space and help us tell our story in a beautiful and compelling way.
Needless to say, we couldn't be more thankful to have Cox Automotive not only as a corporate partner, but as a member of our family. Through their tremendous support and a shared commitment to our community, we will continue to work together to touch and nourish as many lives as possible.
Bank of America's impact on Open Hand is evident throughout our organization. BofA volunteers contribute hundreds of hours every year packing and delivering meals -- earning them the Open Hand Community Champion Award in 2013. Kent Lindner, Senior Vice President of Risk Management at Bank of America, consistently makes invaluable contributions as President of our Board of Directors. And the Bank of America Charitable Foundation has honored both Open Hand and our collaborative partner Covenant House with the 2013 Neighborhood Builders® award, which couples leadership training with a $200,000 unrestricted grant "for high-performing nonprofits that have made a significant impact addressing needs related to community development, critical needs or workforce development and education."
The $200,000 award from Bank of America will further our mission by supporting the purchase of a food services management system which will streamline operations and increase the time available to directly serve the nutritional needs of our clients. The award will also help us build capacity to serve food insecure, at-risk children from households with very low income by supporting the preparation, packaging, and delivery of more than 22,000 healthy meals.
"We recognize the important roles Open Hand and Covenant House Georgia play in serving our most vulnerable residents and ensuring better lives for so many in our community," said Geri Thomas, Georgia market president, Bank of America. "The leadership training and funding will not only deepen their impact today but sustain their mission and services over time."
Open Hand is truly blessed and extremely proud to have a corporate partner such as Bank of America, who consistently values our work in the community.