Employees of Kennedy Krieger Institute are described in three words: supportive, committed and compassionate. Like with any organizational mantra, the employees accept these words as a self-fulfilling prophecy. The patients and students that come to Kennedy Krieger Institute for treatment and education are the focus, and employees demonstrate these defining characteristics by offering the best possible care. What the employees of Kennedy Krieger accomplished as a team in the month of September 2019 is a true testament to the pride and passion the mission ignites.
The “We Are One” employee giving campaign was inspired by a desire to elevate the support of patient and student families at Kennedy Krieger Institute. With families traveling from all parts of the country to seek services and treatment at Kennedy Krieger, it should not come as a shock that financial assistance is sometimes needed. Funds raised through this campaign will directly support our patients, students and their families with incidental needs not covered by insurance and will allow us to issue one-time grants to cover basic living expenses. Last year, the Institute assisted 33 patient and student families in need and the employees want to help even more next year.
This goal has driven the “We Are One” campaign to raise more than $85,000 in just four short weeks. Knowing how many employees contributed to this initiative with the primary goal of helping our patient and student families is a true inspiration and evokes intense feelings of pride and gratitude that Kennedy Krieger fosters such a supportive work environment. Events throughout the campaign allowed for employees and patients to participate in Kennedy Krieger trivia, photo opportunities, and the opportunity to ask what the campaign mission is all about. With the success of this campaign, employees have the opportunity to help patient and student families in a way that might deflate the stress associated with extra costs of raising a child who needs special care.
In the inaugural year of the “We Are One” campaign, we have seen a community of professionals come together to make an extraordinary impact. There is pride in knowing all employees are working toward one goal: To maximize the potential of those who place their trust in us. Thank you.