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.
Giving Tree Update
A huge heart-felt thanks to all who contributed and brought in gifts for the 2013 Christmas Giving Tree for the Rochester Neighborhood House. Over 400 gifts ranging from toys, clothing, scarves, blankets and much more were collected for children and seniors within our community! 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.
From your kindness, you all have truly given someone a Merry Christmas!
Pictured from left to right, are Cindy “Claus” Long, Human Resources, with helper Ann “elf” Bryan, Cardiopulmonary Rehab, at the 1st Congregational Church in Rochester where the gifts were dropped off.
Unlimited Potential Donates Warming Cabinet to ICU
In December, Unlimited Potential, Crittenton’s Employee Giving Group, approved the purchase of a warming cabinet for the ICU unit. The warming cabinet, valued at over $8,000, will provide warm blankets for critical care patients. Thank you to our employee donors!
Are you or your child pursuing a degree? The Crittenton Employee Unlimited Potential Group (UP) can help! UP will once again award six $1000 education grants – to employees and/or an employee’s dependant child.
Eligible applicants must be:
- A full- or part-time Crittenton employee or dependant child of an employee.
- Pursuing a degree at an accredited college or university.
Selection is based on personal circumstances, goals, service to the hospital/community, and financial need. A UP selection committee will award the grants after reviewing applications.
Applications are due by March 8th
Forms are available from:
Human Resources (Hospital – X5957)
or the Foundation office (929 Bldg – 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.