Volunteers drive change in their communities by lending their time and talents. Cerner Charitable Foundation is working to enhance our global communities by helping our neighbors in need. We are proud to offer volunteer opportunities to Cerner associates so they may give back and make a difference in the places they call home.
Recently, the foundation sponsored the Habitat for Humanity Pride Build in Kansas City. The third annual Pride Build assisted LGBTQ+ homeowners with the minor and critical repairs needed to maintain a safe and healthy place to live. After seeing the volunteer opportunity advertised by the foundation, Cerner volunteers jumped at the opportunity to get involved.
“This provided me a way to show my support… to my friends and colleagues. I thought it would be a great way to show my support and help a great person and her family in the process!” Lisa Millerd, a Cerner CommunityWorks HIM Manager, shared about her experience volunteering at the Pride Build.
The Cerner volunteers worked on a rare 70-degree November day to repair the outside of a home. Lisa shared that her favorite part of the day was building new raised garden beds in the yard because it allowed her time to get to know her fellow volunteers. “During this process I was able to connect with other Cerner associates that I would not have met before. We learned that these beds were being put in so that the recipient could further help others at a soup kitchen that she volunteers at by providing them with fresh veggies.”
By lending their skills, these volunteers were able to provide not only essential home repairs but reinforce a sense of community and acceptance in the neighborhood. After her experience at the Pride Build, Becky Segura, a Cerner Lead Technical Engagement Leader, emphasized the importance of volunteering and encouraged others to get involved. “If you are breathing, can walk, and have more than someone else, then volunteer,” she stated.
Through engaging volunteerism, strategic partnerships, community initiatives and individual medical grants and wellness programs, Cerner Charitable Foundation continues to build healthier tomorrows and stronger communities.