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Lakeland Health Foundations Join #GivingTuesday
Nov 30, 2015 Share

(ST. JOSEPH) – The Lakeland Health Foundations have joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

Held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday inspires people to take action to improve their local communities, give back to the charities and causes they celebrate, and help create a better world. 

This year’s #GivingTuesday donations to the Lakeland Health Foundations will support the Lakeland sexual assault treatment program, which helps meet the needs of sexual assault and sexual abuse survivors of all ages, 24 hours a day. National statistics show that every two minutes someone in the United States is sexually assaulted, and 1 in 10 children will experience sexual abuse or exploitation before age 18. 

During the last 12 months, the program served 192 cases locally, and is the only service of its kind in Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren counties. In addition to performing comprehensive medical exams, the nurses connect survivors with counseling and other local support services, educate schools and community groups about sexual assault and sexual abuse, and provide forensic documentation and courtroom testimony to help convict criminals. 

“The #GivingTuesday initiative is a great way for us to support a program that does so much in our community,” said David Burghart, President of the Lakeland Health Foundations and Vice President of Philanthropy, Lakeland Health. “No matter how small or how large the donation, anyone can make a difference.”

For more information, contact Regina Ciaravino at rciaravino@lakelandhealth.org or (269) 927-5145. To make a tax-deductible donation to the Lakeland Health Foundations #GivingTuesday initiative, visit www.lakelandhealth.org/lakeland-health-foundations/ways-to-give/donatenow and choose "SANE" as the designation from the drop-down menu. 

About the Lakeland Health Foundations 
Established in 1984, the Lakeland Health Foundations have raised millions of dollars in gifts over the years to help fund new and updated facilities, purchase state-of-the-art medical equipment, provide educational scholarships for hospital employees, and sponsor a wide array of community benefit and outreach programs. The Foundations receive gifts from individuals, businesses, institutions, and other foundations. To learn more about the Lakeland Health Foundations, call (269) 927-5143 or visit www.lakelandhealthfoundations.org 
 

Your generosity can make a difference.