At Kaiser Permanente, thousands of committed employees and physicians — along with their families and friends — eagerly volunteer throughout the year and participate in a wide range of projects to improve the community. From painting school murals and packing groceries at food banks, to tutoring children and cleaning up parks, volunteerism seems to be a natural extension of their desire to make a meaningful difference at home and/or abroad.
After all, giving time and talent to improve the lives of others can be rewarding. Many Kaiser Permanente employees and physicians appreciate the opportunity to make an impact beyond their daily routine and enjoy spending time with and getting to know their colleagues outside the work place. Some people also like to volunteer because they value feeling part of their community, learning a new skill or making new friends.
Volunteerism supports Kaiser Permanente’s focus on creating healthy communities as well as a culture of engagement. Volunteerism also provides additional benefits for the work environment. For example, it has been demonstrated that:
- Employees who volunteer are happier and more engaged in their work
- Teams that volunteer together show improved collaboration
- Physicians who volunteer through community clinics or international medical missions often apply their learnings to their practice
How to get involved
Whether offering a skill, contributing gently used clothing and household items, doing manual labor or donating funds, volunteers can participate in projects sponsored by Kaiser Permanente at the local and regional level, including:
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service (January)
- Month of Big Sundays (May)
- Collection drives for back to school, holidays, abuse victims, recycling and the homeless population
- Adopt-a-family programs during the holidays
To get involved, please check out the following helpful tools and resources.
Kaiser Permanente Southern California employees and physicians:
Community Giving Campaign: This campaign is a simple way to make a positive difference in the community and give to a cause that is personally significant. In 2018, the campaign will run from Oct. 1-26. During this time, those interested may donate to local nonprofit organizations to help improve the quality of life for the people in the community.
Creating Healthy Communities: Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit has long supported improving community health and eliminating health disparities through its valued partnerships with numerous nonprofit organizations, government entities and academic institutions. To learn more about how Kaiser Permanente collaborates with others to put inspiration into action, please visit https://community.kp.org.
Thank you to all our amazing volunteers whose generosity, compassion and commitment to helping others are a source of inspiration for us all!
“Volunteerism has always been at the center of my commitment to medicine and the community. I was struck at our last volunteer event by the pride of our community in Kaiser Permanente as an organization. So many of our patients stopped to share their stories about the care their families receive; it has made me even prouder to be a Permanente physician.”
— Shreya Chandra, MD, Physician in Charge, La Mesa Primary Care
— Andrea Martinez, MHA, IT Consultant
— Michael Takehara, MD, rheumatologist, Fontana Medical Center and lead physician for the Physician Engagement with Community Clinics Program