Pay it Forward: Giving Back to Make a Difference
The most successful businesses are invested in their communities, whether geographical or by industry, which is why Summit Imaging is deeply committed to fostering civic engagement and devoting resources to charitable organizations.
While Summit Imaging’s work affords employees the benefit of knowing they have a tangible, real impact on the lives of patients, the ultrasound medical equipment support company also hopes to instill in its employees that they can make a difference in their community.
Along with Summit’s core values of innovation, reliability, outstanding quality and customer satisfaction, Summit is dedicated to creating a strong community-focused culture among its team members. One of the company’s favorite holiday traditions is spreading joy, cheer and the spirit of giving back through the Forgotten Children’s Fund (FCF). This year marks the fourth consecutive year that Summit has devoted its time and financial resources to support the nonprofit organization.
The Forgotten Children’s Fund began in 1976, when a boy named Craig wrote a letter to Santa Claus after he awoke on Christmas Day with no presents to open. Although the letter never reached Santa, it did inspire a group of dedicated individuals who embody the true spirit of the holiday through the gift of sharing. The FCF is mindful of those children who are experiencing difficult times due to financial hardship, illness, injury or disability and strives to do what it can to make their lives happier and more meaningful.
The volunteers tirelessly work to deliver gifts to Washington state’s children in need during the holiday season. The all-volunteer organization retains no salaried employees and relies on the good will of its dedicated volunteers. Every year, volunteers work together to raise money to purchase, wrap and deliver gifts to needy families.
Thanks to supplier contributions and purchasing relations, each dollar contributed to the fund is stretched to its fullest. The charity has lost count of how many children it has helped celebrate Christmas over the past four decades. However, this holiday season alone, the organization will bring joy to more than 2,900 children in 800 families, with Santa Claus delivering a full stocking, two books, a blanket, a Christmas dinner, a new winter coat and at least three toys to each child. The volunteers even spend Christmas Eve personally delivering gifts and visiting foster homes, domestic violence shelters and Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Most of the families selected are not assisted by other public or charitable organizations. Each family is contacted to determine special needs along with the children’s names, ages and clothing sizes. In some cases, help extends beyond gifts to include grocery donations or assistance with fuel or utility expenses.
The FCF currently operates in King County, Pierce County, North Counties (including Skagit, Island, Snohomish and Whatcom Counties) and Chelan Counties of Washington state.
Each year, Summit Imaging donates $30,000 to the charity and more than 30 employees convene at a north Seattle Toys “R” Us to hand select toys for the children served by the Forgotten Children’s Fund. The generous employees of Seattle’s Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage have also joined in to help Summit support this cause by providing a 15-foot truck to deliver these gifts to the Forgotten Children’s Fund.
For the Summit team, this charitable tradition provides employees a meaningful way to give back to a region that has provided them with many opportunities. Employees find this uplifting experience stays with them long after the holiday decorations have been put away.
“We all feel fortunate to be able to ensure children in our community can enjoy a traditional holiday experience,” said Ashley Johnson, Summit’s Customer Outreach Coordinator. “There’s no better feeling than knowing you’re helping put a smile on a child’s face on Christmas morning.”
Recently, Summit Imaging founder Larry Nguyen was asked to serve on the board of trustees for the nonprofit organization.
Along with being actively involved in civic engagement, Summit believes one of the most important things the company can do is to create opportunity for others in the form of education and financial well-being. As such, Summit has made a commitment to supporting programs that directly affect those in the ultrasound industry to further enable the health care community to provide exceptional patient care.
Summit Imaging also supports the greater global community by donating equipment worth thousands of dollars to educational programs in developing countries including Vietnam and the Dominican Republic. These programs include the Children of the Nations in the Dominican Republic, whose mission is to mobilize a movement of people and organizations to raise children who transform nations. In Vietnam, Summit supports the clinical engineering training program at the Bach Mai Hospital Project. The mission of the Bach Mai Hospital Project is to assist the Bach Mai Hospital to become one of the major academic teaching centers in Asia while at the same time contributing to the development of a high-quality health care program for the people of Vietnam.
As Summit strives to set a new industry standard for repairing ultrasound equipment, the company remains equally committed to making a difference in its local community, the ultrasound community and the greater global community. It will continue to look for opportunities to become more involved and increase engagement. In the spirit of the holiday season and the communities that help our businesses thrive, Summit encourages other local businesses to find a cause that resonates with them and to learn more about how they can get involved.
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