August 17 is the day our nation celebrates all the great nonprofit organizations (NPOs) and their people who make the world a better place! We love that it also is the birthday of BAYADA Founder and Chairman Mark Baiada, who, in 2019, transitioned his private company into the not-for-profit organization we are today.
Becoming the country’s largest not-for-profit home health care company was a natural step in our journey to ensure that BAYADA’s mission, purpose, and business model will endure, and to help realize our vision of helping millions of people worldwide experience a better quality of life at home. And we believe an essential component of improving lives is to show love and compassion through our companywide commitment to community service.
Nationally, you may be familiar with the BAYADA Regatta—our premier all-adaptive rowing competition—and our teams of volunteers across the country who participate in the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Our local offices across the country—more than 345 strong—also give back to their communities in numerous ways throughout the year.
Kudos to all our teams across the US that are carrying on The BAYADA Way legacy by providing community service where we live and work. These are just a sampling:
Williamsport Pediatrics Collects “Blessings”
When their regular community service and fundraising events paused for the COVID-19 pandemic, employees of our BAYADA Pediatrics office in Williamsport, PA found a new way to help others, right outside their window. They started collecting food and household donations for the Blessings Box at the Covenant Church of Christ across the street—a help-yourself cabinet of products for anyone who needs them. On any given day, you may catch someone like BAYADA Home Health Aide Andy Greene replenishing supplies for those who need them most.
Florida Assistive Care Offices Are “Raising Hope”
Kids in the foster care system are some of the most vulnerable to societal and economic hard times like the ones we are experiencing today. In collaboration with Eckerd Connects Raising Hope, BAYADA assistive care offices in Florida got together—led by New Port Richey, FL Director Vanessa DeMarco—to collect shoes, clothing, toiletries, backpacks, and comfort items for kids entering foster care.
Hawai'i Behavioral Health Supports the Autism Society
When two nonprofits pursue aligned missions in different ways, they can complement each other and move the ball forward for the people they serve. Our Hawai'i Behavioral Health offices have found that match with the Autism Society of Hawai'i: both are committed to improving the lives of individuals with autism and helping them reach their full potential. BAYADA does that by providing therapeutic applied behavior analysis (ABA) services, and as donors to the Autism Society, they support outreach activities and support groups in their community.
BAYADA Habilitation Helps Special Olympians Go for the Gold
There is a lot of great synergy between BAYADA Habilitation offices in Hawai'i, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina and regional Special Olympics groups. Their parallel missions are a natural fit: both are committed to helping individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) enjoy a purposeful life in their community. BAYADA Habilitation professionals provide one-on-one home, community, and employment support for clients, and in their personal time, many also participate, volunteer, and donate to local Special Olympics sports programs. Some even run them!
Baltimore Southwest Home Health “Adopts Grandparents”
When local senior living facilities barred visitors due to coronavirus risk, their residents became increasingly sad and isolated. BAYADA Occupational and Physical Therapists from our Baltimore Southwest home health office—like BAYADA National OT Hero of the Year Kellie Tysor—continued providing safe services while thinking about ways they can boost their clients’ spirits. Putting their heads together, the team launched an Adopt a Grandparent program! Donations came pouring in when it hit the evening news, and what they thought might be a little holiday treat turned into hundreds of gift bags that brought happiness and excitement to more than 500 seniors in eight different assisted living communities.
Rutland Hospice Celebrates Their Volunteers
Patients and families served by BAYADA Hospice rely on multidisciplinary care teams, including volunteers who are essential to supporting their end-of-life journey. While the volunteers continued to provide services along with the clinicians, they were unable to gather with each other during the pandemic. Instead, BAYADA Volunteer Coordinator Martha Perantoni assembled and mailed each volunteer a handwritten note and a “party in a bag” which they all enjoyed together on video conference—with their special furry guests—to celebrate National Health Care Volunteers Week.
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