The Pacific Life Foundation Surprises Employees with the Gift of a Grant
Some employees were working quietly at their desks. Others were in the midst of a meeting.
But all of them were surprised last month when they received a visit from the PL Foundation staff and a $5,000 Employee Impact Grant, part of an annual program here at Pacific Life. The program encourages employees to nominate nonprofit organizations that are meaningful to them personally. This year, a total of 53 nonprofits were nominated and 15 were picked to receive a grant.
The nonprofits that received a grant this year ran the gamut – from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to the Blind Children’s Learning Center to GeneSpark, a foundation that focuses on the advancement of drug treatment for intellectual disability disorders.
For the employees that nominated these organizations, receiving a grant is momentous and unforgettable.
Jennifer Puebla, Employee Strategies Consultant in RSD, said she is truly touched by the Foundation’s generous support of such a unique nonprofit like Spirit League.
“This organization provides such positive, developmental experiences to children in the local special needs community, and our grant will only allow them to broaden that impact even further,” she said. “Seeing firsthand how we support our communities makes me very proud to work for Pacific Life!”
Jennifer Montgomery, NBS Technical Analyst, LID, nominated the Children’s Home Society of California, which provides help to foster parents and low income families that work and need help with the cost of childcare.
“I am grateful to have had the opportunity to give back to Children’s Home Society of California because they were there to financially help me with childcare for my 3-year-old nephew whom I took temporary custody of in 2015,” Jennifer said. “Without the help they provided I may not have been able to take custody of my nephew during a difficult time in his life.”
For April Sales, Senior New Business Rep in LID, access to health care motivated her to decision to nominate the Free Clinic of Central Virginia
“I didn’t expect the Foundation to choose my organization, but I was so pleased that they did,” she said. “This grant will go a long way toward helping the Free Clinic provide much needed health care in the area. Per the Director for the Free Clinic, this grant will help 100 people for one year. Thank you, Pacific Life!”
Ralph Schoch, Senior Applications Developer in Corporate, nominated the ACPMP Research Foundation, which is dedicated to funding research to find a cure for Appendix Cancer.
“I am pleased and grateful the PL foundation has made a donation towards further education and research in appendiceal cancer,” Ralph said. “This disease is close to home for me. I am so thankful that in some way this grant will help educate healthcare providers on diagnosis and treatment of this rare cancer and may also help find a cure.”
See below for the list of 2017 Employee Impact Grants and watch the video to see our employees’ reactions when they received that big check!
- Captain Care Intervention, nominated by Jennifer Cohen
- International FOP Association, nominated by Nadine Levin
- Club 21 Learning and Resource Center, nominated by Carol Magarino
- Children’s Home Society of California, nominated by Jennifer Montgomery
- CASA of Denton County, nominated by Timothy Olsen, Bartonville
- The Community Center, nominated by Kristin Stilton
- Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, nominated by Susan Smith
- Lynchburg Community Action Group, nominated by Demetra Pannell
- Free Clinic of Central Virginia, nominated by April Sales
- GeneSpark, nominated by Julie Ahlert
- Lineage Dance, nominated by Steve Herman
- Blind Children’s Learning Center, nominated by Sandy Hitzel
- Spirit League, nominated by Jennifer Puebla
- ACPMP Research Foundation, nominated by Ralph Schoch
- Project Pink’d, nominated by Shannon Ward