BETHESDA, Md., May 22, 2017 – Dr. Eric Farber, a World War II veteran and Purple Heart awardee, will gain a bit of privacy and independence while a resident of Gainesville Community Living Center. Farber is the first to receive a new set of headphones as part of a grant from Get Involved Now Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to meet the personal and emotional needs of patients and their families during life-defining health care moments. Get Involved Now, founded by employees of GetWellNetwork, has awarded 195 grants totaling nearly $70,000 since 2013. These grants fall into two categories: “Get Well Soon Grants” to fund projects in the hospital setting and “Get Involved Now Grants” to fund community-based projects.
The grants enable employees at GetWellNetwork to put their passion for patients into action. In this case, Carla Carmody, Interactive Patient Care Manager at GetWellNetwork, applied for the GetWellSoon grant on behalf of Veterans served by the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville, Florida, to fund the purchase of headphones for Gainesville Community Living Center (CLC). A busy health care environment can be very noisy for Veterans, and many of the Veterans of the CLC do not have a private room. With personal headphones, quality of life improves for Veterans who have the ability to listen to their own television programs or music without the disruption of their roommates and other outside noises. Susan Scarlet, the CLC Nursing Manager, facilitated the initiative by selecting the headphones and presenting them to Farber and other CLC Veterans.
“Get Involved Now is delighted to fund this project, which brings a bit of added comfort to those who have served our country and have sacrificed so much,” said Wendy O’Neil, president, Get Involved Now. “As we prepare to commemorate, on Memorial Day, those servicemen and women we have lost, we hope to honor Veterans, in a small way, with this initiative.”
The goal of the Get Well Soon and Get Involved Now grants is to improve the quality of life for patients, their families and the health care community. Examples of grants include sponsoring events such as arts and crafts play dates, movie nights for pediatric patients and their families, or purchasing flowers and care packages for mothers in a hospital’s High-Risk Pregnancy Unit on Mother’s Day. The program relies on volunteer support from GetWellNetwork employees and its client community to organize and administer events, and continues to expand its work and scope.
Get Involved Now Grants and Get Well Soon Grants are supported through donations and an annual fundraising event. The first GetWellNetwork Olympics, held on May 7, generated funds through ticket sales, a raffle giveaway and event sponsorships. All proceeds benefit patients and their families during life-defining moments. Individuals who would like to give a helping hand to patients in need may also donate at http://getinvolvednow.org/donate.html.