Seven years ago, Monique Perry sat in a room with othernew DeKalb Medical employee partners to listen to a presentation about the DeKalb Medical Foundation. “I was impressed by the multitude of things the Foundation supports and I immediately signed up to donate,” says Perry, a management system data engineer in the quality department of the hospital system.
Today, Perry not only continues her contributions to the Foundation through PEACH, the employee-giving program, but she chairs the PEACH Committee and, thus, sits on the Foundation Board of Trustees. Additionally, she chairs the Grants Allocation Task Force that determines how PEACH funds will be distributed each year, and serves on the
planning committee for the Charles B. Eberhart Memorial Golf Classic.
The concept of giving also influences her master’s thesis. “I’m always baffled when employees don’t choose to give, especially when their gifts are used to provide services to our employees, patients and community; and they are tax deductible,” says Perry. “The economy makes it tough on everyone. My goal is to evaluate our employee giving program and identify opportunities for making improvements.”
Even with a difficult economy, almost 60 percent of DeKalb Medical employees support the Foundation with donations—raising over $170,000 in the last fiscal year. When asked why she gives so much of her time, above and beyond the time required for her job, Perry answers, “This is more than just a place to work. We are like a family, taking care of people throughout our community, and every little bit helps.”