In alignment with our vision of investing in our communities and addressing social determinants of health, Heartland Hospice serving Southeastern Wisconsin launched its first “give back” partnership in November with Broadscope Disability Services. Broadscope is a local nonprofit, mission-based organization which provides programs, services and resources for people and families living with disabilities.
Danielle, development associate with Broadscope and a volunteer with Heartland, presented the idea to the Heartland team for Heartland and Broadscope to work together. Whether it’s providing respite for a caregiver who has a child with disabilities, supporting an adult in finding and keeping a job so they can thrive in our community, or empowering individuals with the services they need to be independent, Broadscope, like Heartland, is dedicated to creating a positive difference. “That’s why this was the perfect match for us,” said Michael Bangs, Heartland Hospice senior administrator. “This year has brought so many challenges to our community, so we wanted to find a meaningful way to give back and make the holidays a little brighter by participating in Broadscope’s Giving Tree program.”
The Heartland agency was able to donate $500 to Broadscope. In addition to the donation, Emilee High, care transition coordinator, pitched the idea to the Heartland team to sponsor individuals living with disabilities by fulfilling their wish lists. They were able to support nearly 50 people, some of whom do not have family or loved ones to celebrate the holiday season with. “I had no idea what kind of response we would get from our staff when we were all presented with the opportunity to support Broadscope,” said Emilee. “I have to say, I was completely blown away by how many of our employees participated and all of the positive feedback I received. Many of our staff wanted to support more than one person. The kindness and generosity brought tears to my eyes and it was heartwarming to see. This was something that we did together as a team for the greater good of our community. It feels good to do good! Our team members are proud to participate in philanthropic efforts and open our hearts and hands to those in need,” said Emilee.
“Broadscope staff came to the Heartland agency on December 11 to meet with our leadership team and pick up the gifts. They expressed how grateful they were for our contributions to help their consumers have a merry and bright holiday!” said Emilee.