ASCLS Voice: HOPE in Philadelphia

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ASCLS members give back to the communities where they meet and where they live and work.

The 2016 ASCLS Annual Meeting and Clinical Lab Expo provided medical laboratory professionals with opportunities for continuing education, networking, vendor engagement and advocacy for the profession. The meeting also gave medical laboratory professionals an opportunity to provide HOPE. The HOPE (Helping Other People Event) project, sponsored by the promotion of the profession committee (PPC) at ASCLS, collected donations of non-perishable food items and monetary donations for Philabundance in Philadelphia.

Philabundance seeks to drive hunger from local communities today and end hunger forever, serving nine counties—five in Pennsylvania and four in New Jersey—through direct distribution programs and approximately 350 agencies to get food into the hands of those that need it the most. ASCLS donated 50 pounds of canned goods and $700 in donations to help feed those Philabundance serves. Our canned goods donations were delivered to the Sunday Breakfast Rescue in Philadelphia.

ascls1HOPE in Our Constituent Societies

The charitable acts of our membership aren’t restricted to the national meeting. Many of our constituent societies are rolling up their sleeves and opening up their check books for charitable organizations near and dear to their hearts in their hometowns.

Over the years, ASCLS-DE members have adopted the Food Bank of Delaware (FBD), the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and the Purple Stride for pancreatic cancer. They serve in the summer at FBD, sorting donated food and making breakfast, lunch and snacks for the summer camps throughout the state. They walk in the fall JDRF walk (and won the ASCLS fundraising award in 2015 for their fundraising efforts). They also walk in the Purple Stride Walk for pancreatic cancer in memory of MLS colleagues like Bunny Rodak (IN), Carolyn Snyder (PA) and Sandy Neiman (PA).

ASCLS-Idaho participated in a community event called Rake Up Boise. They winterized the yards of the homebound and elderly. Two teams of ASCLS members volunteered their time and talent on November 12th.

The MLS students at Heritage University have done several things in their community. They organized a bone marrow drive, a blood donor drive and they participate in the Walk for Alzheimer’s to raise awareness and funding in Toppenish, WA.

ASCLS-MI has been involved in several activities as well. One of their student events was a Be the Match Bone Marrow Drive. ASCLS-MI donated non-perishable items and cash to the Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan. Their constituent society also provided monetary donations to support positive health outcomes to the Community Foundation of Flint during the Flint Water Crisis.

ascls2The ASCLS Diversity Advocacy Council raised money for the Orlando Pulse nightclub victims and their families through OneOrlando.org.

ASCLS-NY participated in the Quinn Madeleine Feel the Breeze 5k supporting the Quinn Madeleine Foundation, which seeks to bring awareness to Niemann-Pick Disease, Type A and facilitate memorable experiences for children under age 3 who have been diagnosed with a terminal or life-threatening illness. The society had runners, walkers and some virtual runners participate.

Kansas Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (KSCLS) did a fund raiser for Children’s Miracle Network at their annual meeting. They gave a check to St. Francis Hospital in Topeka, KS for $50 with money raised for Children’s Miracle Network. This is an annual event for KSCLS.

The Clinical Collaborative Meeting in Minnesota rotates between the different regions of the state. Each year, they choose a charity in the host city where the meeting is being held in and raise money and/or donate goods for that charity. Some of the charities they have worked with include: Open Arms of Minnesota, Boys and Girls Club, Mid-Minnesota Family Medicine Center and 360 Emergency Food Shelf.

Share your HOPE projects

If your region, state or local society is doing something charitable in your community, let us know about it! Post it on social media and use the hashtag: “#ASCLSprovideshope.” Or email marsh397@gmail.com.

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Charlotte Romain MS, MLS(ASCP)cm
Charlotte Romain MS, MLS(ASCP)cm

Charlotte Romain MS, MLS(ASCP)cm, is an instructor in the Medical Laboratory Sciences Program at the University of Minnesota. She is also the Chair of the ASCLS National Promotion of the Profession Committee and the Membership Chair for ASCLS-MN.

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