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September 28, 2015 (Cleveland)

Green Corps Latest Beneficiary of The Center's 100 Days of Service Initiative



Green Corps Latest Beneficiary of The Center’s 100 Days of Service Initiative On Aug. 11 a group of employees from The Center for Health Affairs and its business affiliate CHAMPS Healthcare spent the day volunteering at Cleveland Green Corps, a program of the Cleveland Botanical Garden, as part of its 100 Days of Service initiative. The program, launched in May as part of The Center's efforts to celebrate 100 years of hospital advocacy in Northeast Ohio, encourages each of The Center’s 150 employees to give back at least one day of service to the communities that have supported The Center and CHAMPS over the last century. So far, employees have volunteered for both individual and group activities, accumulating 84 days of service.

Green Corps, which employs and educates local teens to work at one of its six urban learning farms, not only improves access to healthy food but also teaches young people life skills, agricultural science and community and environmental stewardship. Green Corps’ motto is Growing Youth, Growing Food, Growing Cleveland.

During their day of service at the Fairfax Learning Farm, one of Green Corps’ urban learning farms, employees were tasked with shoveling and raking dirt, weeding, and leveling out the ground to create a parking space for customers. 'Volunteering at Green Corps allows us to experience the hard work that goes into maintaining a community garden,' said Nneka Iheama, corporate communications intern. 'Like The Center and CHAMPS, Green Corps plays an instrumental role in keeping our communities healthy."

As part of The Center's 100 Days of Service initiative, individuals have also participated in service activities that include an event to award the Carrie Peska Memorial Scholarship Fund to promising nursing students, volunteering for the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center and working with Hope Over Heroin, an organization supporting those suffering from drug-related issues. 

Pictures from individual and group service activities are available through the 100 Days of Service photo album on The Center's Facebook page.

To learn more about The Center for Health Affairs’ 100 Days of Service initiative and other anniversary plans, contact Deanna Moore at 216.255.3614 or via email.

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