by Linda Carnegie, KDH Auxiliary President
The Arbor Memorial Foundation offers financial support to charitable organizations that provide services in their community, and the Kemptville District Hospital Auxiliary is pleased to be the recipient of a recent donation through this group. Pictured here is David Bagnell, Funeral Director at Capital Funeral Home & Cemetery, who recently presented a cheque for $2,500 to Auxiliary Treasurer, Brenda Steacy.
The Arbor Memorial Foundation is a charitable vehicle for Arbor employees to donate monies to registered charities that are of significance to them. Annually, their employees volunteer hundreds of hours of their time and raise funds for worthy causes. Now, through the Arbor Foundation, Arbor employees are able to request financial support for the communities where they live and work.
Funds are raised through Arbor’s annual campaign, run by employees. All monies raised pledged by employees are matched by Arbor Memorial Inc. Special event committees and various branches organize events to assist with fundraising efforts.
KDH Auxiliary Secretary, Susan Brown, is a Funeral Director with Capital Funeral Home & Cemetery. Recognizing the work of our volunteers, and the need locally, Susan submitted an application on behalf of the Auxiliary.
When determining how Foundation funds will be distributed, the focus centres on senior services, local community facilities and groups, as well as disaster relief. The primary criteria is focused on the local community that the employees and facilities serve. This allows for an increased presence and awareness of their funeral homes and cemeteries and a way for employees to give back to the organizations they are involved with.
Requests for donations submitted by employees are reviewed and considered by a volunteer committee made up of Arbor employees. They then meet to determine how the funds will be distributed in the most appropriate and fair manner. Due to overwhelming demand from charitable organizations, only requests for donations submitted by employees are considered for distribution from the Foundation.
KDHA is most appreciative of the support of our member, Susan Brown, for recognizing our efforts in serving the community and hospital, and ultimately being awarded this cheque from the Arbor Memorial Foundation.