Beacon Award Recognizes OU Medicine Live To Give 

Beacon AwardThe Journal Record recently presented its 2018 Beacon Awards for Charitable Influence. OU Medicine won the award in the Large Organization category. Governor Mary Fallin also issued an official commendation recognizing the award presented to OU Medicine. The award recognizes businesses demonstrating commitment to helping Oklahomans who face need on a daily basis. As an award recipient, OU Medicine will receive a donation for the nonprofits it supports. Along with other winners, OU Medicine is featured in the Beacon Awards magazine, inserted in the July 13 issue of The Journal Record. 
"As an organization, serving our patients is paramount, but it's also important to serve our community outside of our exam rooms," said Kelli Hayward Walsh, project manager with OU Physicians Marketing.
Every month, the Live to Give program coordinates at least one volunteer opportunity that involves OU Medicine physicians and staff members in efforts to help non-profit agencies. To date, Live to Give volunteers have completed 11 Habitat for Humanity homes.
"When members of a family experience the pride of owning their own home - living in decent and safe housing- they go on to make their own positive impact within their community," Walsh said. "In some cases, it helps break a pattern of generational poverty within a family; enabling them to show their children how hard work can pay off and how having pride in something can transcend other areas of their lives." 
Other initiatives include support for the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank food and fund drives, and providing a range of support functions at the University of Central Oklahoma annual Endeavor Games. In addition to providing volunteer staffing for the games, OU Medicine facilitates fundraising to support the event though its annual Corporate Challenge competition, raising in excess of $400,000 over the past seven years. 
In 2009, OU Physicians identified community outreach as a vital component of responsible corporate citizenship. This conviction led to the creation of the program, which has continued to grow and gain momentum through the years, and now extends across the OU Medicine campus.  

In 2017-2018, the program assisted 21 nonprofits by supplying more than 1,300 volunteers who donated more than 3,800 hours of service. The 2018-2019 goal for Live to Give is to have greater impact on more local organizations in need of support by providing more than 5,000 hours of community service. 

In addition to providing volunteer labor, OU Medicine has supported more than 70 non-profit agencies through sponsorship of fundraising events for Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County, funding Partners in Action items through the Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools and hosting fund drives for the Letter Carriers Campaign. OU Medicine helped 70 nonprofits through donations of more than $500,000.