Eva Burgan would love to be out of a job.
She dreams of the day when she’s not needed anymore – at least not as an oncology nurse. She would gladly find something else to do. Eva’s an oncology certified registered nurse, and a member of the Treat People Better Award-winning staff at the Hendricks Regional Health Cancer Center. The first thing you notice about Eva is her kind eyes, bubbly personality and can-do attitude. But spend a few minutes with her, and you will see that you don’t want to get on the bad side of this determined lady. And man, is cancer on her bad side.
Sometimes when I tell people what I do, they react with a shake of the head, a “Wow, I couldn’t do that,” or even a scowl. Surprisingly, it’s not everyone’s dream to be a fundraiser. Imagine that! One of my favorite fundraising cartoons became even more appropriate when I began working for Hendricks Regional Health Foundation in 2008. It is a drawing of two doctors working on a patient and one of them saying, “Well, at least it’s not fundraising!” Well, I could not be a brain surgeon, so thankfully I’m a fundraiser!
Across the nation, hospitals and YMCAs are teaming up. What makes these partnerships so viable? And why have Hendricks Regional Health and the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis made such a huge commitment to each other in Avon? Hospitals and YMCAs have several things in common. First, both types of organizations tend to have the same focus – the local community and its residents. Second, the YMCA and most community hospitals are not-for-profit entities who accept all-comers regardless of their ability to pay.
As a self-proclaimed City Girl, the last thing I thought I would be doing as part of my career would be to serve as a farmers market “Market Master.” But alas, here I am running the Avon Farmers Market for Hendricks Regional Health. This is our third year hosting the market and it just gets bigger and better each year.
I am constantly reminded how caring and sharing the people of our community are ... Generosity of time, spirit, and talent are obvious in every charitable organization here and across the country. People who serve as volunteers in countless capacities and those who lead as board members provide vital support that allows organizations to provide services, programs, outreach and education to enhance their local communities.
What do you think of when you hear the words “battered women’s shelter”? An abused woman? Possibly homeless? Likely to be uneducated or have a low-income job? Or maybe no job at all? The reality is that abused women come from all walks of life and social status. She could be the waitress who brings your meal, the lawyer you meet with to create your will or the accountant who does your taxes. She could be the gal behind you in line at the grocery store, next-door neighbor or the lady in the office down the hall from you.
This sample of A to Z activities is just the tip of the iceberg:
When most of us think about making a gift to a charity of our choice, we drop some cash in a donation box, write a check or go online to make a gift by credit card. Some may use payroll deduction at their place of work or electronic transfer from a bank account. But all these gifts cost “real” dollars. Yes, Virginia, there is another way! Several, in fact! OK, so they do eventually cost something, but not from “daily living” dollars that we dole out for everyday expenses like groceries, car and house payments or utilities.