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Sentara Health employees contribute nearly $2.3 million in the 2023 United Way giving campaign

 Sentara Health employees contribute nearly $2.3 million in the 2023 United Way giving campaign
Hampton Roads, Va. (February 5, 2024) — Sentara's profound commitment to community echoes in the $1,498,262 contributed by colleagues during the 2023 United Way campaign. Team members could further increase their charitable giving by using the Sentara Charitable Matching Gift Program benefit. As part of this benefit, where gifts are matched 100% up to $1,500 each year per employee, Sentara donated an additional $782,657 to promote healthy communities and invest in organizations that are important to its team members.
In total, Sentara team members raised nearly $2.3 million for the 2023 United Way campaign, making this the most impactful United Way campaign that Sentara has conducted in our organization’s history.
“We know that in this community, we have families that are struggling to make ends meet and kids that are struggling to be successful in school. We know we can make a difference in their lives, but it can’t happen alone,” said Mark Uren, president and CEO of United Way of South Hampton Roads. “We have to work together in partnership.  When Sentara employees come together to help people, that in many cases they don’t even know, it’s a beautiful thing. And we do really amazing work when we come together.”
With nearly 30,000 colleagues across Virginia and North Carolina, we invite all members to participate in the annual campaign. This initiative provides a valuable opportunity to connect with local nonprofit organizations, make a meaningful impact in people's lives, contribute to the communities we serve, and enjoy camaraderie with colleagues, all while raising essential funds.
Dennis Matheis, president and CEO of Sentara Health, shared at the recent campaign closing ceremony, “We are incredibly grateful for what our team members give year in and year out, but it goes beyond that as well. It’s not just the money that we raise for the United Way campaign every year, but it’s the hours that are donated by our team members for causes that range across the gambit in all the areas that we serve across the Commonwealth of Virginia. As I reflect on that, I’m just incredibly grateful to be a leader in this organization and watch the incredible work that goes on day in and day out.”
For the second consecutive year, foodbanks received the second-highest contribution across all Sentara service areas. Sentara's colleagues align with the organization's mission of addressing root causes that affect our health, including consistent, equitable access to nutritious food.
Uren noted, “Sentara is our largest community donor in the United Way. And that speaks volumes to the corporate leadership for making this a priority, but really, it’s the employees who are willing to give their time and invest their resources for folks that they may never know in this community to make this a better place to live.”
The contributions raised mark a record-breaking campaign and signify Sentara's enduring belief in the transformative power of employees actively shaping healthier, thriving communities.
About Sentara Health
Sentara, an integrated, not-for-profit health care delivery system, celebrates 135 years in pursuit of its mission—"we improve health every day." Sentara is one of the largest health systems in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, and among the top 20 largest not-for-profit integrated health systems in the country, with 30,000 employees, 12 hospitals in Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina, and the Sentara Health Plans division which serves more than 1.2 million members in Virginia and Florida. Sentara is recognized nationally for clinical quality and safety and is strategically focused on innovation and creating an extraordinary health care experience for our patients and members. Sentara was named to IBM Watson Health’s "Top 15 Health Systems" (2021, 2018), and was recognized by Forbes as a "Best Employer for New Grads" (2022), "Best Employer for Veterans" (2022), and "Best Employer for Women" (2020).