FORT LEE, N.J.--(Note to Editors/Reporters: CareOne Management CEO Daniel E. Straus today distributed the following announcement to the more than 4,000 New Jersey-based CareOne employees:)--
Dear CareOne Team Member:
I am pleased to announce that Tuesday, December 4th has been set as the date for the inaugural fundraising event for the CareOne Disaster Relief Fund.
The event will feature a “Casino Night” theme with paid admission contributions, a silent auction and corporate sponsorship donations. It will be held at the Westmount Country Club, Woodland Park, N.J., and carried out under the banner of “Coming Together To Make Things Better.” It is scheduled to run from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Proceeds from the event will go to awardees of the CareOne Disaster Relief Fund, the organization founded to improve the quality of life through charitable assistance to CareOne employees, customers and their families, as well as community organizations most significantly impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Awardees will be chosen by an Independent Selection Committee based on the financial amount, severity of damage and immediate benefit of the financial assistance.
The hardships suffered by so many have made a lasting impression on us all. Those affected include members of the more than 4,000 person New Jersey CareOne Team, the loved ones of the more than 4,000 persons for whom we provide daily care, and the communities in which we serve, and I am gratified to learn that so many of you have volunteered to donate your time and money to the event.
Awardees will receive financial grants to:
- Provide financial aid and assistance for temporary living arrangements
- Provide financial aid to assist in funding permanent living options
- Provide financial aid to assist in paying for daily necessities as they rebuild and recover (food, supplies, clothing, gas, etc.)
- Provide financial aid to assist in purchasing larger scale items such as cars and larger scale household items (refrigerators, washer/dryers, etc.)
- Pay bills such as car insurance, car payments, phones, day care for children, etc.
As we all work towards making the December 4th event a success, the existing CareOne Disaster Relief Fund efforts continue:
· The CareOne Relief Store: Established two days after the storm, the Relief Storm provides basic necessities such as clothing, food and supplies. Located at CareOne’s Monmouth County care center, CareOne at King James, the Relief Store is fully stocked with more than $10,000 worth of donated items from the company and community to assist the more than 40 employees and their families most impacted by the storm.
· Support and Counseling: CareOne has deployed counselors to our hardest hit communities to aid employees and community members in effectively managing the emotional and psychological impact the storm has had on their lives. Initial services have been arranged and funded by CareOne, but further counseling and support is needed while victims recover from the devastating storm.
· Assistance with Federal Aid Applications: Ongoing volunteer support has been provided to the CareOne centers hardest hit by the storm to assist employees, customers and community members in applying for federal aid. Volunteers assist victims with navigating applications, data entry and interpreting the information needed to successfully complete applications.
More information on the Dec. 4 event is available at www.careonefund.com and will be updated as needed. Thank you.
Daniel E. Straus
CareOne Management is a family-owned company with more than 45 years of health care experience; CareOne operates 29 healthcare centers throughout New Jersey.