Virginia Mason: Building Community One Donation Drive at a Time

Meet Fran Harstad, Claudia Simmons, Chris Stewart, and Rowena Hondrade – four enthusiastic Virginia Mason employees who recently dropped off three crates filled with school supplies from their workplace back-to-school drive for Wellspring!

Inspired by the 400 homeless children Wellspring serves each back-to-school season, these women decided to get together and rally their 266 colleagues on the Patient Financial Services Department floor to see how many school supplies they could collect.  Earlier this year, the same floor at Virginia Mason participated in a drive for women’s clothing and toiletries, which were donated to the Wellspring Baby Boutique.  

Where does their motivation come from to host multiple donation drives each year?  

When we announce a drive, everybody is just so generous.  We’re all thankful that we are employed and that we can give back,” shares Chris. “Everybody really goes for the gusto; this is a great way to connect at work and with the community!

Fran agrees, adding that the most rewarding aspect of participating in this back-to-school drive is “knowing where the supplies are going: to the kids. The kids were the driving force and everyone just came together.”

A big thank you to Virginia Mason’s Fran, Claudia, Chris, Rowena, and the Patient Financial Services floor for their hard work and dedication to Wellspring!

Virginia Mason has been an integral participant in our drives and is also a Wellspring EAP client. We invite you to learn more about how you can Get Involved by hosting a drive at your workplace.