Created to fund innovative employee-driven programs, the Memorial Employee Grants (MEG) Council has received 59 grant applications and awarded 32 requests since inception in 2010, Successful grants are funded through allocations from The Memorial Foundation. The council includes employee representatives from across the Memorial Family of Services who considers requests ranging from $50 to $500. Applications are evaluated based on alignment with Memorial’s vision and values, demonstrated alternative funding sources and long-term potential after the original monies have been spent.
2010 and 2011 grant recipients have gone above and beyond to use awarded funds to impact a wide range of people. Examples include community support for Parkinson’s disease, vital hand hygiene education, training for hospice volunteers, and to meet many other equipment, education and programming needs.
With $5,000 allocated for 2012, the MEG Council met recently to make grant awards for round one. “I love reading through the applications and seeing the creative ideas that Memorial employees are coming up with,” says Mandi Ellison, chair of the MEG council. “Even more gratifying is reading or hearing the stories of the impact that result from each grant.” 2012 grant award recipients will be announced in April.