— For the past several years, female HealthPlus of Michigan employees — who comprise 86 percent of the health benefit company’s workforce — are given the opportunity to go “nylons-free” during the hot summer months in exchange for a contribution to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.
Many of those women participated in the unique fundraiser in 2010, which resulted in contributions totaling more than $4,000.
“The creative no-nylons fundraiser is popular among female HealthPlus employees,” said HealthPlus Director of Human Resources Barbara Dunnill, “and we are pleased to offer some dress code flexibility that results in a positive impact on the communities we serve.”
The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan provides food to 400 agencies in 22 counties throughout the state. Due to the economic downturn, the agencies are experiencing a 15-40 percent increase in clients.
“It is through the wonderful partnerships of local organizations, businesses and individuals that the Food Bank is able to continue our mission to Change the Face of Hunger,” said Food Bank of Eastern Michigan Development Manager Tracy Fowler-Johnston. “We truly appreciate the ingenuity of this unique fundraising effort from the women of HealthPlus.”
Male HealthPlus employees also have opportunities to go casual on the many Jeans Days offered by HealthPlus, during which all employees may wear jeans in exchange for a nominal contribution to a designated charitable organization. More than 35 community organizations benefited from as many HealthPlus Jeans Days in 2010. — G.G.