In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, "What are you doing for others?"" This question, and Dr. King's legacy of activism and philanthropy, continues to inspire Chester County Hospital to coordinate an annual servant-leadership project to assist those in need each January.
"As the fifth largest employer in Chester County, we feel we have a social responsibility to give back to our community," explained Jackie Felicetti, Chief Human Resources Officer. "Dr. King dedicated his life to giving back and pursuing civil rights for everyone. Our Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) service project, which we've been doing for more than ten years, is always based on his vision. The project aims to take care of the community, celebrate diversity and promote civil rights and charity to others."
To further its servant-leadership in the community, the hospital partnered with Saint Paul's Baptist Church to host a food drive for the benefit of those less fortunate in the Chester County community.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many people financially and emotionally, and the experience of food insecurity has become more prevalent. During these challenging times, and in the spirit of Dr. King, the hospital and the church, along with other community partners, are lending a hand to those they serve.
"As healers of our community, we fully embrace the responsibility to extend our care beyond the walls of Chester County Hospital. It gives me great pride to see the charitable actions of our workforce on this day of service, especially knowing how difficult the last year has been on so many of our friends, families and neighbors," Michael J. Duncan, Chester County Hospital President and CEO shared.
The hospital kicked off its drive on Friday, January 8. Each department in the hospital was encouraged to participate, and participate they did! Necessities including nonperishable food items and personal care essentials such as bathing products, feminine hygiene, diapers, and cleaning supplies, were donated in droves.
"The giving nature of our workforce continues to astonish the hospital's leadership team. Our employees have given their all to fight COVID-19 while continuing to provide high-quality care, and they still ask, "What else can I do to help?"" Felicetti said.
On MLK Day proper, several employee volunteers came in on their day off and transported the donations to Good Samaritan Services in Coatesville, PA, in partnership with Saint Paul's Baptist Church. The Good Samaritan Services is a transitional housing program for individuals and families throughout Chester County and has served over 400 individuals this year.