Tell me how you first got involved with Phelps Health Foundation?
My wife and I moved to Rolla in 2016 when she accepted a job offer at Phelps Health. She was first introduced to Phelps Health during rotation while in graduate school and discovered a passion for this community and the importance of providing high-quality health care. Her passion brought us to this area and inspires my passion for Phelps Health Foundation’s mission as well. I am passionate about quality health care being available in our community, so I have also attended many Phelps Health Foundation events.
What made you first start donating to Phelps Health Foundation?
I prefer to support local charities so that I can see their impact in our community directly. As the largest employer in the area and the local source for high-quality health care in our community, Phelps Health is a crucial public institution to support and Phelps Health Foundation allows me to do so.
What do you think Phelps Health Foundation has done that is inspiring?
As I started to learn more about Phelps Health Foundation, I realized there are dozens of programs that provide key resources and support for members of our community when they need it most. Many of these programs and the people involved work every day with very little public recognition to improve the lives of people they help. To me, that is the most incredible and powerful impact Phelps Health Foundation has on the community.
What do you wish other people knew about Phelps Health Foundation?
Philanthropy and community engagement don’t have to be about money. Everyone has skills and time, which can be invaluable to Phelps Health Foundation and the community. My involvement started when I asked someone from Phelps Health Foundation to have coffee with me and asked how I could help. I would encourage everyone to look for ways that your specific talents can help our community. It takes all of us working generously to continuously build and improve our community.
The interest in Phelps Health Foundation seems to be growing. Why do you think that is?
In the Rolla community, you can see the direct impact that giving has. Giving to local organizations like Phelps Health Foundation makes a tangible difference in our community for individuals that we work with, see in the grocery store, or sit with at t-ball games.
What does philanthropy mean to you and how do you put it into action?
To me, philanthropy is responding generously to the needs of our community to share the opportunities and blessings that I’ve been given. My family instilled in me the importance of philanthropy and, like most families, there are times when we benefit from the philanthropy of others and times when we can give back. Whether you have time, talent, or money, it’s important to find a way to use your gifts to help others
About Phelps Health Foundation
Phelps Health Foundation, established in 1996, is a 501(c) 3 organization that supports the Phelps Health mission to improve the health and wellness of people in our region. Phelps Health Foundation provides for the health care needs of our community through fundraising and philanthropic support for the capital and progressive initiatives of Phelps Health.