charity

Stepping up by giving back

by Kem Snavely Frost on October 29, 2020

ExamOne actively supports charitable organizations where we live, work and serve. We believe in giving back and encourage our employees to pay it forward by showing and sharing gratitude. Now more than ever, our communities rely on the generosity of our employees during these difficult times.

How our employees have stepped up by giving back

Making strides virtually for the American Cancer Society

Breast cancer is the 2nd most common cancer in American women, but diagnosis was down 52% as many deferred routine care early in the pandemic. Quest Diagnostics and ExamOne remain committed to sponsoring events like the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk to help raise awareness and funds. Our Kansas City team recently raised more than $4,400 for this organization. Even with the event being mostly “virtual” this year with only small socially-distanced local trail walks, our company team finished 2nd in the Kansas City area. By supporting Making Strides Against Breast Cancer our employees can help make a difference in so many ways, from funding innovative breast cancer research to simply providing a hand to hold. 

Donating 10,000 meals to Feeding America

This May, ExamOne would have normally joined the life insurance industry at the national AHOU: Association of Home Office Underwriters conference. However, this year we had to show our appreciation for our clients’ partnerships in another way – by assisting our neighbors in need with a Feeding America donation of 10,000 meals to Feeding America.

50-mile challenge for Life Insurance Awareness Month

During Life Insurance Awareness Month, ExamOne sponsored a 50-Mile Challenge to raise awareness and $1,000 for the Life Happens COVID-19 Relief Scholarship. Employees stepped up to the challenge and tracked their movements on the Charity Miles mobile app and finished 1,900 miles in 2 weeks.

Helping protect hundreds at Rose Brooks Center

Early in 2020, we were pleased to kick off another year of giving by presenting $10,000 to the domestic abuse shelter, Rose Brooks Center. The Great Midwest Region of Quest, which includes the ExamOne Lenexa, KS laboratory, was the recipient of the Quest Diagnostics Quality Award and received funds to donate to a charity of choice. Rose Brooks is a Kansas City shelter that protects, supports and provides resources to hundreds of adults, children and their pets who need emergency shelter to escape life-threatening abuse.

The new year is a time for goal setting, but it can also be a good time to reflect on the ways our employees make a difference in our communities – last year and in the future. In 2019, our employees supported local and national charities by participating in several awareness walks plus winter supply drives, back-to-school book collections, animal shelter fundraising, food drives, a holiday basket raffle and Salvation Army angel adoptions.

We are now pleased to kick off another year of giving by presenting $10,000 to the domestic abuse shelter, Rose Brooks Center. The Great Midwest Region of Quest, which includes the ExamOne Lenexa, KS laboratory, was the recipient of the Quest Diagnostics Quality Award and received funds to donate to a charity of choice. Rose Brooks is a Kansas City shelter that protects, supports and provides resources to hundreds of adults, children and their pets who need emergency shelter to escape life-threatening abuse. Quest and ExamOne plan to partner with Rose Brooks throughout the year with volunteer projects and continued assistance.

Jason Severtson, President of Quest Diagnostics Employer Solutions, recently presented a donation check to a representative from Rose Brooks during the Employer Solutions annual convention in Kansas City. Employees also made fleece blankets for guests of the shelter during a team- building activity.

“The Rose Brooks Center is a safe place for so many families. I’ve seen firsthand how the work there has put smiles on many faces and given people hope and respect, something they desperately need during tough times.”

– LaCheak Fletcher, ExamOne Regional Account Manager, Rose Brooks volunteer

The charity efforts of Quest Diagnostics and ExamOne are organized and executed by an employee volunteer group called QuestCAN (Community Action Network). Their projects not only raise funds or collect supplies but also raise awareness for worthy causes. Three of the major recipients last year were:

American Cancer Society (ACS) Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

Including our sponsorship of a popular large pink inflatable chair photo op, our employees raised more than $6,000 – making us one of the top fundraising teams in Kansas City.

Harvesters, Community Food Bank

Employees collected 7,636 pounds of food (44 barrels and 11 pallets) to support Harvesters’ mission of feeding the hungry today and working to end hunger tomorrow.

Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run

During the holiday season, we raised almost $8,000while also raising awareness of the need to find a cure for America’s #1 cause of disability. 

Additional employee-chosen organizations the Kansas QuestCAN chapter supported in 2019:

“I am grateful to work for an organization that empowers all of us to make a difference – professionally and personally. From the work we do to help protect more families with life insurance to the generous efforts of helping fellow employees and contributing to our communities’ charities – we are making a difference in people’s lives.”

Joey Grant, Senior Vice President, ExamOne

It is always a goal of Quest and ExamOne to actively support charitable organizations in the communities where we live, work and serve. We look forward to helping even more charities in 2020.