For Immediate Release: November 25, 2014
Eric Cardin, SCPT Executive Director, 508-832-2628
AUBURN _ In 2012, the staff at South County Physical Therapy, Inc. (SCPT) in Auburn began quietly collecting non-perishable food for the non-profit, Auburn Youth and Family Services, Inc. (AYFS) in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. What began as a casual initiative two years ago has blossomed into a company-wide and spirited holiday tradition that has grown exponentially.
This growth was evident after a few SCPT employees began helping AYFS and then their patients followed their lead and started contributing to the cause. What started out as a one-location community service project, became a full blown five-location employee and patient collaboration of paying it forward.
AYFS was established in 1976 as the Auburn Project, with a focus on the prevention of drug and/or alcohol abuse through education and intervention. In 1991, the Agency changed its name to Auburn Youth and Family Services to reflect the vast increase in the programs and services that were being offered. The services of AYFS encompass the entire family through advocacy, counseling, food pantry and clothing closet, tutoring, information and referrals, after school and summer camp programs for elementary and middle school-aged children, and parenting and support groups for children and teens.
Each SCPT clinic staff collected non-perishables in boxes placed at each location and each decided if they would like to donate to their own community-based non-profit organization, or they could choose to have their donation go to AYFS.
“I collected the donations from the other clinics that decided to give their donations to AYFS. The Friday before Thanksgiving, we put everything together and used any money we received to buy extra items, in order to give people complete meals,” said SCPT Auburn Staff Member Trish Champlin.
“No one likes to believe that someone is going to bed hungry in their community; however, the harsh reality is that there are many people in the Central Massachusetts area who go without,” said SCPT Executive Director Eric Cardin. “We want to do our part in helping those less fortunate in the communities in which we live and work.”
For information on AYFS, visit www.ayfs.org.
For nearly 30 years, South County Physical Therapy, Inc. has been dedicated to providing its patients with quality, personalized rehabilitative care in an environment that is safe, comfortable and compassionate. As a privately owned company, the organization has given back to numerous charitable organizations in the communities it serves, and seeks to make a difference in promoting wellness and health awareness. The company offers six locations in Central Massachusetts that include: Auburn, Charlton, Millbury, Westborough (East Main Street and Oak Street) and Worcester. For more information, visit www.southcountypt.com.
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