Do you ever feel like what you seek is seeking you?

It’s always great when your values as an individual match your employer’s values. Julie T. is one of those PacificSource employees. Julie takes it upon herself to actively live our values, every day.

During Idaho Gives, a 24-hour charitable event, Idahoans will give back to the nonprofits that support their communities. In honor of Idaho Gives, we asked Julie to share her story about why giving back to the community is so near and dear to her heart. Here’s her story:

When my family decided to move from Missoula, Montana, to Boise in 2013, I knew I

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PacificSource Health Plans employees strive to make a difference in the community.

wanted to seek a career at PacificSource Health Plans. I had the pleasure of working with many individuals over the past few years, and while it was the people that drew me to the company, it was the company’s mission and values that intrigued me the most. One of my favorite values has brought so much passion to my life:

We actively participate in efforts to improve our communities.”

Last year, I was chosen to lead the PacificSource United Way campaign, a company-wide fundraising activity. Although I knew I had the passion, I was very nervous about being able to execute a successful campaign.

At the United Way launch breakfast, I clearly remember Nora Carpenter, CEO of United Way Treasure Valley, saying the best way to inspire people is to share a personal story. I started thinking, “I have a story—a very personal story—but am I brave enough to share it with our staff of more than 100 people?”

The answer was, “Yes!”

I was reluctantly brave, and although it was a very vulnerable moment in my life, it is one that I will never forget. During my childhood, for more than six years, I was matched with a Big Sister from Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. My mom was a single parent, and we didn’t have much. It changed my life.

I think my story inspired people, because over the next six weeks, employee participation in the campaign increased dramatically.  Many employees wanted to learn more about United Way, as well as Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Since then, I’ve had the chance to share my story and the benefits of a one-on-one mentoring relationship at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Mixer in December, 2015. I will also speak at their Magical Moments Gala in May, 2016. In addition, I have the opportunity to lead the Charity of Choice Committee for Big Brothers Big Sisters and work closely with them this year to continue paying it forward.

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Nora Carpenter, CEO United Way Treasure Valley, Sarah Leeds, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho, and Julie Triepke at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Mixer.

The past few months have been life changing for me, and I look forward to remembering these experiences as the time when I found my passion!

As an adult, I realize the impact complete strangers had on my life, because they donated their time, money, or items to a local nonprofit. It means even more to me that I work for a company that encourages their employees to actively participate in the community, because they also believe it changes lives.

It’s a beautiful thing when your career and your passion come together!

 

Click here if you would like more information on how you can participate in Idaho Gives.

On Thursday, May 5, Idaho gives. Will you?

 

 

 

 

Duck Fans Out-pledge Beaver Fans in Healthy Life Civil War Challenge

CivilWarChallenge-Nov29 (15)As with all friendly rivalries, there are winners, so congratulations Duck fans for winning the Healthy Life Civil War Challenge! The 1,500 plus Oregonians who took part in the fourth annual PacificSource Healthy Life Civil War Challenge have something to cheer no matter their allegiance: They are all winning at living healthier.

In the off-field battle to determine who is healthier, Ducks fans edged out the Beavers by 114 pledges. But a 35 percent increase in overall participation and a $10,000 donation to four Oregon charities resulted in a touchdown for healthier communities.

From Oct. 19 through Nov. 26, Ducks, Beavers, and Oregonians statewide united in friendly competition to encourage, achieve, and take an active role in healthy living. By pledging to take part in the PacificSource Healthy Life Civil War Challenge, participants took steps toward making themselves and their community healthier, while raising funds for four Oregon nonprofits in the process.

Healthy Life Civil War Challenge Nonprofit Donations

All participants in the 2014 Healthy Life Civil War Challenge helped to raise $10,000 for four Oregon nonprofits that provide prevention and wellness programs:

  • The Linus Pauling Institute – Healthy Youth Program ($2,086)
  • Girls on the Run in Portland ($2,510)
  • The Lane Coalition for Healthy Active Youth ($3,397)
  • Health Beginnings of Central Oregon ($2,007)

Thank you to those who pledged to get moving, eat healthy, go tobacco-free, or relax!

March of Dimes…Together We Can Help Babies!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe’re incredibly fond of March of Dimes. Their work has a simple, but incredibly important purpose, “Improving the health of babies,” and it’s a purpose we’re extremely proud to support. Every year, every PacificSource employee (across Oregon, Idaho, and Montana) has the opportunity to help our organization support March of Dimes thanks to our company wide fundraising campaign. As the leader of that campaign, our campaign chairperson, Linda, wanted to share what March of Dimes does for pregnant mothers and babies. Here’s the post from Linda:

Meet Linda!

Meet Linda!

Last week, I had the chance to attend the March for Babies 2014 Kickoff luncheon and inspiration was at an all-time high! I’d always known how important the organization was, but I learned a few things that really opened my eyes. At the kick-off, I learned a series of staggering facts about premature births; like the hospital costs associated with a premature baby is $50,000 versus the typical $4,000 for a healthy baby. I also learned that each year more than 5,200 babies are born prematurely in the state of Oregon; and that money raised by the March of Dimes goes to help fund research to prevent birth defects in infants. For example, Dr. Kryn Stankunas of the University of Oregon has conducted intensive research about heart valve development. This research will help combat heart defects which is the most prevalent birth defect in infants.

We are so motivated now to make this year’s campaign one of the best ever, and I hope that everyone will get involved and join us. Check out this year’s March for Babies Video for Southern Oregon and then go to the March for Babies website and register to walk…together we can help babies!!