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Hundreds of Kaiser Permanente Physicians and Employees Give Back to Colorado Communities on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 21, 2014



lots of volunteers in green shirts filling boxes

All across Colorado, Kaiser Permanente physicians and staff participated in projects to support local communities and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. From sorting food and clothing donations, building shelving units, and painting hallways and offices to leading classes on diabetes and obesity awareness, the Kaiser Permanente community spirit was on full display.

One special project included a donation of 500 books to a local Denver public school, Sims-Fayola International Academy. Donna Lynne, president of Kaiser Permanente Colorado attended the event in coordination with Serve Colorado and Lt. Gov. Joseph Garcia as they toured the school, visited with students and led a press conference.

“Volunteerism is part of who we are as an organization,” said Lynne. “I’m proud of our physicians and staff in Colorado who are out not just today but all year long volunteering their time at various nonprofits, schools, safety net clinics and other organizations.”

Kaiser Permanente physicians and staff also helped the school by building bookshelves, making cards and angel heart bags to be donated to Project Angel Heart, and leading health and wellness workshops on diabetes, obesity, stress and mental health.

Kaiser Permanente physicians and staff participated in more than 30 projects statewide on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. In Southern Colorado, volunteers helped the Care and Share Food Bank sort and package food donations, and in Northern Colorado, volunteers put together emergency preparedness kits with the United Way of Larimer County.