HOUSTON (August 26, 2019)

One year ago, Memorial Hermann commemorated the anniversary of the most devastating natural disaster to strike Greater Houston by launching a service campaign aimed at putting employees to work in the community.

On the second anniversary of Hurricane Harvey, Memorial Hermann is proud to announce that its employees have donated more than 7,500 volunteer hours as part of the organization’s commitment to give back to Greater Houston.

“Health care is all about serving others, and Memorial Hermann strives to foster a culture of service that encourages employees, affiliated physicians and volunteers to find meaningful ways to contribute to the greater good,” said Carol Paret, SVP and Chief Community Health Officer at Memorial Hermann. “We all know health is so much more than just health care, and for us, getting out and helping people in the communities where they live work and play is essential to creating a healthier Houston.”

During Memorial Hermann’s first year of Hometown Healing, hundreds of employees from all corners of the company’s metropolitan area footprint volunteered their time to a multitude of causes benefitting the Greater Houston region.

These volunteer initiatives have included:

  • Unpacking boxes, preparing meals, and cleaning/organizing areas at the Houston Food Bank and the Montgomery County Food Bank.
  • Cleaning the grounds at Castillo Park and painting benches and stairs at Marshall Middle School.
  • Repairing hurricane-damaged homes with SBP Americorps and 4B Disaster Response Network in Galveston County.
  • Distributing backpacks and school supplies to children in need in partnership with Houston Children’s Charity and The Alliance for Multicultural Community Services.
  • Creating hundreds of holiday cards for seniors and homebound adults who utilize Meals on Wheels.
  • Beautifying a sidewalk and neighborhood park and installing a butterfly garden and little library at Burbank Middle School.

The outpouring of support by Memorial Hermann employees helped the organization earn recognition as a recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award – Gold (PVSA) for its unparalleled commitment to improve the lives of others.

Houston’s District H Councilwoman Karla Cisneros, who donated the Little Free Library that Memorial Hermann volunteers installed at Burbank Middle School, said it’s tremendously beneficial when organizations demonstrate their community involvement by providing volunteer opportunities for their workforce.

“I’m so grateful to Memorial Hermann for its dedication to serving this community,” she said. “This organization has been instrumental in bringing in resources, volunteers, and other partners to invest in and strengthen the Northline area. Memorial Hermann’s commitment to continue providing these volunteer opportunities does a world of good not just for people living here but also for the volunteers who share their time and energy to make a difference.”