The role of the Crittenton Foundation’s Employee Unlimited Potential Group is to seek and secure gifts from employees while promoting the employees, hospital, and community. Employee Unlimited Potential (UP) is a group of hospital employees who have made a philanthropic investment in Crittenton. Employees carry on a tradition of philanthropy initiated by Crittenton’s founder, Howard McGregor, Jr. In 1965, Howard McGregor, Jr. donated a portion of his farmland to build a hospital and raised $2.5 million from the community. Crittenton Hospital Medical Center stands on this land today.
Some of the Projects Funded by Employee Unlimited Potential
- Heart Defibrillators throughout the hospital
- New pediatric training equipment
- CPR demo for the Community Health and Education Department
- A community garden to benefit Rochester Area Neighborhood House
- Grants to Gleaners Food Bank and Rochester Area Neighborhood House to feed the hungry in our community
- On-site walking trail for staff, patients and visitors
Executive Unlimited Potential Members
- Bernie Hung, Chairman
- Angela Delpup
- Denise Gray
- Paula Grube
- Jennifer Jostock
- Marisa Jurczak
- Cindy Long
- Sandy Williams
- Karen Wood
The Executive Unlimited Potential functions under the Crittenton Foundation. The committee meets every 3rd Thursday of the month from 2-3pm. The committee is currently seeking a new executive member. If you are a UP donor, motivated to support our mission (support the employees. hospital, and the community) available to attend monthly meetings, please call Bernie Hung at ext. 5521.
Food Drive for Gleaner’s Update
The UP Committee would like to thank everyone who donated Food for this year’s Food Drive for Gleaner’s! Below is a message from Stephanie Melnick, Food Drive Manager, Gleaners Community Food Bank
“Thank you so much for your donation of 788 pounds of assorted food to Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan. This generous gift will provide approximately 654 meals to your hungry neighbors in need! Outstanding job!”
“Without advocates like you in our community Gleaners would not be able to collect over 2.5 million pounds of food from food drives and distribute them to our more than 600 partners each year. Through your support, you are helping to connect hungry people with the food they need when and where they need it.”
“Thank you for choosing Gleaners and supporting our mission to nourish communities by feeding hungry people.”
Participate in Crittenton Giving Tree
November 15 through
December 9. Pick up gift
tags from the trees around the
campus. Return unwrapped gifts to
the boxes next to the trees no later than
5 p.m. on December 9. This special program
is sponsored by Crittenton Unlimited Potential with
the distribution of gifts being coordinated by Rochester’s
Neighborhood House and Older Person’s Commission—serving
the greater Rochester area for the benefit
Participation in this special program is simple. Pick up a tag and purchase an item for the child or senior listed on the tag. Attach the tag and return your unwrapped gift to the box by the tree no later than Monday, December 9th at 5pm. The senior gifts will be delivered along with food baskets to needy seniors.
Again this year we have “WISH TAGS” for children’s gifts! The tags with a Client # and a specific item are wishes that Rochester Neighborhood House is trying to fulfill for area needy children. IF YOU TAKE ONE OF THESE TAGS PLEASE BE COMMITTED TO FOLLOW THROUGH AND FULFILL A CHILD’S WISH IN THE TRUE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS!! Any additional items are displayed in a store-like setting at an area church where the parents (pre-qualified and by special invitation) are invited to “shop” for their kids!! Each parent gets to select an additional item for each child—depending on the availability of donated items.
These children and seniors are ones submitted by Rochester’s Neighborhood House. Neighborhood House offers assistance for people who are unemployed, elderly, or dealing with a serious illness, to name just a few. It is a community service organization serving the greater Rochester area.
For more information, please contact Cindy Long in Human Resources at X5957 or the Foundation at X5345.
The Employee Unlimited Potential (UP) is a Harvest Sponsor/$5,000 for the Raising Rochester project developed by Dr. Jay Mitchell, Pediatrician on staff at Crittenton. We are 1 of 22 host sites of 3 neighboring communities. The Raising Rochester is a program that will support thousands of raised garden beds in the Greater Rochester Area to grow produce and 50% of the harvest will be donated to local food pantries. There are currently 117 beds and at least 50-60 beds on the waiting list for the spring of 2014. A minimum of 35% will be sold at farmer’s market or to local businesses with the proceeds used to support the ongoing programs of KidzKare, the Michigan 501C3 non-profit that runs Raising Rochester and that benefits children and families in the Greater Rochester Area. The remaining 15% will be offered to the bed hosts for their own personal use.
As a Harvest sponsor, UP has 14 raised garden beds (4-4’x8’ and 10-4’x4’) located on our campus, South of the parking structure along the UP Walking Trail. Our hospital was once farm land that was donated by Howard McGregor and now we are growing produce to support our community! Thus far, collectively, the program has grown more than 700 pounds of produce and over $1,000 made in sales at the Rochester Farmer’s Market – 100% of which goes towards new seeds, new compost, and new beds for next year. Our site is donating all of the produce to KidzKare mission! Even though we are in the Fall season, the Raising Rochester Project is still harvesting vegetables. If you would like to volunteer and help with watering and harvesting any of the beds in our community, please contact Jennifer McClelland at email@example.com. Also, recently, Channel 4-WDIV Detroit, did a story on the program. To view, click here.
Please take a heart healthy stroll on the Walking Trail and see our raised garden beds!
As another initiative to support the Rochester Food Pantry, the Employee Unlimited Executive Potential Committee members, led by Marisa Jurczak, grew an assortment of vegetables at the Rochester Community Garden located in Scott Street Park on Woodward in Rochester, adjacent to Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve and the Public Works Facility. The 4’ x 8’ plot was donated by Steve Sage, Rochester City Council Member and the vegetable plants were donated by Fogler’s Orchard and Greenhouse. The produce that was grown consisted of cucumbers, green peppers, and tomatoes. Please contact Marisa Jurczak at ext. 5458, if you would like to volunteer for next year’s garden at the Rochester Community Garden.