Helping Hands - Team Member Giving
Baptist Health Care team members are among some of the most loyal donors to the Baptist Health Care Foundation through the Helping Hands program. With their generous contributions, several projects and initiatives are made available in three main areas: to assist team members and their families directly, give back to our community and support the Mission of the Foundation.
Team Member Impact
The Helping Hands program can provide assistance for team members of Baptist who have been affected by an unforeseen and/or debilitating life event or set of circumstances. In 2020-2021, emergency assistance totaled $185,945 to support 159 team members..
Each year, Helping Hands provides scholarships for select applicants who are enrolled as students within a health care profession in colleges and universities in Northwest Florida and South Alabama. Scholarships are available to any Baptist team member and their dependents. In 2020-2021, scholarships in the amount of $1,000 were awarded to 32 team members or family members to assist in further education.
Adoption/Foster Care Assistance
Helping Hands provides a one-time gift to assist any team member of Baptist who adopts a child or completes certification or qualifies as a foster parent and accepts responsibility for a foster child. In 2020-2021, four team members qualified for adoption/foster care assistance.
Holiday Food Cards
Team members in need may apply for food bags each year during the holiday season. Through Helping Hands contributions, the Foundation is able to provide food gift cards for those team members who receive a food bag. In 2020-2021, 147 eligible team members received holiday food assistance.
C.A. Weis Elementary School Christmas Project
Baptist Health Care adopts C.A. Weis Elementary School each year to provide Christmas presents for the children and a holiday celebration in each classroom. Gifts and the classroom parties for the children are purchased with funds from Helping Hands. In 2020-2021, 550 students at C.A. Weis Elementary School enjoyed the annual Christmas celebration.
United Way of West Florida
Funds raised by Helping Hands are used each year to make a contribution on behalf of the team members of Baptist to United Way of of West Florida. In 2020-2021, Baptist’s contribution supported 60 local partner agencies.
Helping Hands contributions are used to support mini-grants, one-time project funding of $5,000 or less for team members and departments. Funding is available for program support, service support, equipment or supplies, quality or safety activities or educational activities. In 2020-2021, $60,000 was awarded to support mini-grants system-wide.