RiverView Health Gives Back


While the holiday season ushers in good tidings and fun for employees at RiverView Health, it also brings with it the importance of giving to those in need in the communities that RiverView serves.   Therefore, employees of RiverView Health have been participating and sponsoring many events to benefit our community.

*On Dec. 6th RiverView Health employees packed 300 boxes at the North Country Food Bank in Crookston. This was in an effort to help the Food Bank in its mission to distribute food and other resources to participating agencies, and to educate the public about hunger and its solutions.

*As the holidays approach, 11 departments at RiverView Health participated in the Polk County Social Service’s Adopt a Family Program. Employees in each participating department donated or held fundraisers to purchase items off of wish lists for deserving families throughout the RiverView community. Ten families received gifts through the generosity of RiverView employees. While RiverView has participated in the program for several years, this year marks RiverView’s largest participation in the program, said Amy Seaver, RiverView clinic coordinator and coordinator of RiverView’s 2012 Adopt a Family campaign.

*And to add a little spice to the giving season, RiverView held a Soup and Chili Cook-off Dec. 12th to raise funds for the North Country Food Bank’s Backpack Program. Canned goods were also taken at the event to be given to the Crookston Community Food Basket Program. More than $600 was raised for the Backpack Program. The winners of the Soup and Chili Cook-off are as follows: 1st place – Tom Reff’s “Pork and Hominy Chili”; 2nd place – Ross Matlack’s “Rio Rosso”; 3rd place – Patient Financial Services’ “Cha-Ching Cheeseburger Chowder”; Best Decorated Table – Kathy Benda’s “Wild Woman Chili”.

RiverView employees fill boxes at the North Country Food Bank.

Jayne Anderson (left) and Don Cox wrap gifts for the two families RiverView Health’s Health Information Management Department “adopted’’ for the holidays.

Left to right: Ann Gillund, Wendy Osborn with Polk County Social Services, Maribeth Melbye, Bobbie Amiot, and Amy Seaver (all RiverView employees, with the exception of Osborn) stand in front of just some of the gifts RiverView Health departments donated to “adopted’’ families through Polk County Social Service’s Adopt a Family Program.

Glenmore’s Tom Reff, along with Melanie Lessard, took first place in the Soup and Chili Cook-off.

On behalf of the Crookston Community Food Basket Program, Chuck Larson (far left) and Paul Dwyer (center) accept donated items taken at the Soup and Chili Cook-off. RiverView employees pictured from left to right: Margo Butler, Jennifer Walberg, Lisa Meine and Lana Caillier



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