Participating in charity fundraisers during the holiday season has become a long-standing tradition with the teams at the Proforma Worldwide Support Centers in Cleveland, Ohio, and Tampa, Florida. Each year, team members collect donations for children and families to then donate for distribution.
This year, the Cleveland Support Center donated over 700 items to Providence House of Cleveland—Ohio’s first and one of the nation’s longest operating crisis nurseries in the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, Support Centers in Cleveland and Tampa identified local nursing homes to send holiday greeting cards and words of good cheer to residents who were alone this holiday season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Everyone involved had to get creative this year to ensure the requested items and the subsequent donations were collected safely. To do so, members of the Providence House team worked closely with representatives from the Proforma Support Center to establish an online donation site that would ship purchased items directly to the recipients in need.
“The amount of donations that we’ve received for the Providence House fundraiser has been amazing. It’s incredible to not only meet but exceed the goals we had set for this year. It is truly such a great feeling to be a part of something so special, and I want to personally thank all of the employees who donated to the Providence House charity event this year,” says Vera Muzzillo, chief executive officer for Proforma.
Donations included an abundance of requested toys, educational tools, clothing, arts and crafts, and other valuable items. Proforma also provided new fleece blankets and reusable cloth masks to the Providence House charity for distribution.
“It’s so wonderful to see our Support Center team members rally around and throughout the community, especially during these particularly trying times brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are so proud of our team and wish to thank everyone who donated this holiday season,” says Kathy Mayo, Proforma director of human resources.