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The Foundation Announces 2022 Community Champion Award Winners and Grants

The MENTOR Network Charitable Foundation, the private foundation of Sevita, a leading national provider of community-based health care and support services, announced that it has named four Sevita employees as its 2022 Community Champions.

In recognition and support of their dedication to volunteerism in their communities, the Charitable Foundation has awarded a $2,500 grant ($10,000 in total) to support a nonprofit organization of each Community Champion’s choice. The awards are part of the Foundation’s fiscal year 2022 grant cycle.

Community Champions are Sevita employees who dedicate their time, talents, and energy to local nonprofits serving and supporting their communities. Individuals are nominated by their coworkers who recognize their devotion and efforts both at work and outside of it.

“We are delighted to honor employees of Sevita entities as Community Champions,” said Whitney Shufelt, Executive Director of the Charitable Foundation. “They and their associated organizations display a passion and continued commitment to serving their community and making meaningful differences.”

The 2022 award winners and their nonprofit grant recipients include:

  • Community Champion: Diane Baxter for Shelby Volunteer Fire and RescueTraining EMTs and other responders to ensure the rural community of Shelby, Iowa receives the highest standard of care.
  • Community Champion: Amy Meek for Pottawattamie County Fair Board Association – Supporting the board to plan and host different programs and events for the community of Oakland, Iowa.
  • Community Champion: Gerry Morrissey for Special Olympics MassachusettsSupporting the organization as it charts paths for families and individuals to have their dignity, respect, honor, grace, and self-worth affirmed, and reaffirmed over and over every day.
  • Community Champion: Jennifer Sullivan for Sibling ConnectionsFacilitating gatherings to strengthen the sibling relationship for children in foster care in Massachusetts.

The Charitable Foundation has named 91 Community Champions since 2013 and awarded grants to nonprofits of their choice. The Community Champions program comes in addition to the Charitable Foundation’s annual giving program which granted a total of $290,000 to eight organizations in its fiscal year 2022.

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About The MENTOR Network Charitable Foundation

Launched in 2007, The MENTOR Network Charitable Foundation was founded by social entrepreneurs who believed that healthy, vibrant communities are exactly the right environments in which people with a range of abilities thrive. Building on Sevita’s innovative approach to specialized health care through new solutions and creative ideas for the people it serves, The MENTOR Network Charitable Foundation is Sevita’s commitment to nurturing the excellence and innovation that provides such environments—for the populations served by Sevita entities, for its employees and for society as a whole.