It is the time of year when many of us reflect on our lives and give thanks for all that we have. At Copeco, we are thankful for all of our wonderful employees and clients. Many of our employees give back to their community through religious, civic and volunteer organizations. We would like to take a moment, give thanks and highlight a few of our employees and their stories of how they give back.
Jennifer Black, Customer Response Center
At the age of 5, Jennifer Black’s daughter, Katelyn, was diagnosed with a genetic immunodeficiency disorder (hypogammaglobulinemina or IgG3). Luckily, Katelyn’s amazing pediatrician and doctors at Akron Children’s Hospital were able to figure out the cause of her illness and correct her disorder through an intravenous infusion therapy from donated, “scrubbed,” pooled plasma called “IVIG.”
This experience has led Jennifer to donate blood any time she can, typically through the America Red Cross and Life Share. Jennifer said that prior to her daughter’s illness she did not realize the many uses for donated blood and had never really considered how many lives could be affected by donating. A healthy person can donate blood every three months and it only takes about 10 minutes of your day.
“I consider us to be extremely blessed as there are many people who have to stay on scheduled IVIG treatments for their entire life. Three 5-hour infusion treatments changed Katelyn’s life. I am extremely grateful to anyone who has donated so people, like my daughter, can have the chance at an improved quality of life. ”
Thank you, Jennifer, for giving back to your community and helping so many people through your blood donations and advocacy!
Chuck Bergdorf, Technical Phone Support, Service Dispatch
Camp Y-Noah, part of the Akron Area YMCA, is home to a year-round riding facility with over 25 horses for youth and adults, Firestone Equestrian Center. The goal of the center is to provide a lifelong learning experience that teaches responsibility, compassion, work ethic, self confidence, patience and assertiveness. The center works with toddlers through those in their senior years. Chuck Bergdorf and his wife volunteer their time at Camp Y-Noah’s Firestone Equestrian Center, helping with riding lessons for disadvantaged children.
“Riding horses is beneficial for the mind and body, especially for those children with handicaps.”
Thank you, Chuck, for your commitment to the disadvantaged children in our community!
Robin Eacott, Business Development Representative
The Toledo Area Humane Society is one of the oldest charitable animal welfare organizations in the U.S., founded in 1884. Through their programs and services, they care for more than 4,000 animals each year. Amazingly, they provide these services completely through the generosity of individual and corporate supporters, receiving no funding through the government, United Way or any national humane organizations. Robin Eacott volunteers her time walking dogs during her lunch break at the Toledo Area Humane Society.
“I do this so the dogs are not stuck in cages all day and I get to walk, too!”
Thank you, Robin, for your dedication to the homeless furry friends in our community!
What are you thankful for?