Giving It Our All
Giving back to others reflects our commitment to healthy, happy communities. We dedicate time and financial resources to our employees and these organizations:
Charlie Clause Program
Each holiday season, employees take part in the Charlie Clause program. Each of our communities nominates a staff member to receive assistance. Toys, food, clothes and other items are given to the chosen recipient each year.
During Winterfest, our corporate office resembles a department store. Over the course of a day, staff come in and “shop” for items donated and purchased by the company for them. Hundreds of Aegis Living employees are provided with free clothing, toys and new shoes.
Potato Soup Foundation
Dwayne Clark and Aegis established the Potato Soup Foundation with the principal purpose of helping Aegis Staff and their families in extreme times of need. The foundation has helped people with emergency medical treatment, emergency housing, funeral expenses and variety of other crisis situations. We believe in supporting our employees and families as much as possible, especially in their time of need. Read more about the Potato Soup Foundation.
Worldwide it is estimated that about 16 million people have Alzheimer’s disease and that 4.5 million of them are Americans. We at Aegis serve nearly 800 everyday, with this number climbing. This is an astounding number of individuals and families affected by this disease. We have been involved with the Alzheimer’s Association for over 20 years, and will continue to be involved until a cure is found. For more information or to locate your local chapter, go to www.alz.org.
American Diabetes Association
Diabetes, which strikes nearly 25% of our residents, is a disease that has literally gotten out of control in America. There are 20.8 million children and adults in the United States who have diabetes and, unfortunately, nearly one-third are unaware that they even have the disease. Our residents, families, and employees are all affected directly or indirectly by this disease. We feel the cure is close, and support the American Diabetes Association in fighting this disease. For more information, go to www.diabetes.org.
Senior Services in King County
The information and assistance provided to seniors, Meals on Wheels delivered to those in need, and their oversight of many Senior Centers in King County are a few of the reasons we are involved with Senior Services. Our employees have served on the Board of Directors, helped with fund-raising and volunteered at local Senior Centers. For more information, go to www.seniorservices.org.
Eastside Domestic Violence Program
Aegis became involved with this organization several years ago when one of our Executive Directors was killed by her husband in a domestic violence tragedy. We had no idea how prevalent domestic violence is in our society and how it affects our workforce. Like many others, until this incident we had many inaccurate preconceived notions about domestic violence and its victims. LifeWire, formerly known as the Eastside Domestic Violence Program, is the largest domestic violence program in the state of Washington, serving 91,000 victims and their children since 1991. Still, for every one person who gets help, 15 are turned away. You can learn about LifeWire by going to www.lifewire.org.
The old saying of “Give a man a fish, he eats for a day; but teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime,” has always resonated with our company. We understand that there are many good people who are only a paycheck away from being homeless, and we are dedicated to helping. FareStart is a job training and placement program for homeless and disadvantaged individuals. Over the past 15 years, FareStart has provided opportunities for over 2,000 people to transform their lives. For more information, go to www.farestart.org.
We have found Rainier Scholars to be an incredible opportunity to send young, bright, promising inner-city kids to an educationally rich environment. As a young person, Dwayne Clark, Founder and CEO of Aegis Living, had very little means, but was fortunate to have been afforded a private school scholarship through his family’s church. That education turned his life around and led him to believe in himself and the things that he could accomplish. We are extremely honored to serve on the Rainer Scholars board and grow great leaders for our future. You can learn more about Rainier Scholars by going to www.rainierscholars.org.