Southwestern Health Resources (SWHR) serves North Texas by working with our network of providers to help ensure quality healthcare and improve patient outcomes across our community.
But beyond their day jobs, the employees of SWHR also seek out opportunities to support community efforts that help those in need. This year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day — the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service — presented such an opportunity.
SWHR recognizes MLK Jr. Day as a paid holiday for employees but wanted to honor King with a show of service — as the well-known motto declares, "a day on, not a day off."
SWHR's newly formed Diversity and Inclusion Council organized a donation drive to benefit three area agencies — the North Texas Food Bank, Dallas Life and Arlington Life Shelter. The council is collecting food and other essential items for SWHR's inaugural MLK Jr. Day service event as part of its mission to celebrate diversity and make a difference in the community.
Because employees continue to work virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the council wanted to organize an activity that would benefit the North Texas community while allowing employees to participate safely.
To ensure safety and accessibility to all employees, SWHR opened up the service event to both online and in-person participation. A two-week window was offered to accept donations, starting on Jan. 4 and ending on MLK Jr. Day, which falls on Jan. 18 this year.
Online donations are being accepted through a "wish list" on the Amazon website, while in-person drop-offs are available by appointment at two different SWHR office locations in Dallas-Fort Worth.