Health First Network Staff Celebrate Day of Caring

October 12, 2012

On Friday, October 12, 2012, Health First Network joined forces with the United Way of Escambia County, and with over 1300 volunteers from local businesses and military commands to bring caring, purpose, advocacy, and inspiration to the lives of others in our community by participating in the 20th Annual Day of Caring. Health First Network staff were joined with two new nurse care coordinators from the Accountable Care Coalition of NW Florida in a special project at the Area Agency on Aging, Adult Day Care Center Facility, on Royce Street, the only facility of its kind in the Escambia County Area, for clients with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

The day began with several Health First Network staff members joining in the 7 a.m. celebratory breakfast at the Pensacola Blue Wahoos Stadium. The day continued as HFNI and ACO staff assembled at the Council on Aging Day Care Facility on Royce Street, to assist clients with breakfast, word games, singing, exercising, bingo games, interacting and lunch activities.

Last year United Way mobilized more than 1,100 volunteers from local businesses and military commands who contributed 5,620 hours of service for 110 projects. These caring volunteers saved local non-profits and schools $120,000 in labor costs. They helped with lawn maintenance, painted homes for the elderly, read to children and facilitated canned food and supply drives.

When the United Way asked for a volunteer group to work with the Council on Aging Adult Day Care Center for Alzheimer’s and Dementia clients, Health First Network Staff were eager to help and volunteer with this project. “Helping people, positively contributing to the community” is part of the mission of Health First Network.

Health First Network staff enjoyed the warm welcome from clients at the Adult Day Care Center, and look forward to other community events.

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