Casual for a Cause is just one of the ways that Rooks County Health Center (RCH) employees are giving back to the community and National Hydration Day, held on June 23, was the inspiration for the latest effort by RCH staff.
National Hydration Day raises awareness about the necessity of drinking enough water, not just during the summer but year round.
The human body is made up of about 60% water. That water is essential to all of the cells, organs and tissues and helps regulate body temperature. Water also protects and helps cushion joints and the spinal cord as well as aiding digestion and eliminating toxins
from the body.
In exchange for the chance to dress down on a work day, RCH staff donated 70 cases of bottled water and 20 cases of fluid replacement drinks such as Gatorade, which were delivered to the five fire departments in Rooks County (Stockton, Woodston, Palco, Damar and Plainville).
Since inception, Casual for a Cause days at RCH have supported local food banks, families in need and children’s services by donating hundreds of pounds of food, school and home necessities and hundreds of dollars for grocery story gift cards.
AJ Thomas, the CEO of RCH expressed his gratitude for the many community projects that hospital employees undertake, saying “I’m proud to work in such a caring environment. We all encourage each other to go the extra mile, not just in the healthcare that we deliver here at the hospital, but also when we take that caring and commitment out into the community, to show our appreciation and gratitude for the support that we get from our friends and neighbors”.
On average, RCH employees donate nearly $13,000 in cash and supplies every year to community groups throughout Rooks County through Casual for a Cause as well as other staff events such as Pumpkins for Food Pantries and the annual Christmas basket raffle.
Rooks County Health Center (RCH) employees have a long history of giving back to the communities in this area. The community service involved dozens of different areas of volunteering, including engaging in food drives to help those who are food insecure, providing meeting spaces at no cost to community service entities, serving on county economic development committees, participation in community events such as parades and fairs, conducting free health screenings and CPR instruction, working at school functions, involvement in church activities and service in volunteer fire departments and county EMS, just to name a few.