Remembering 22 Good Things in 2022

December 28, 2022 • Missouri Employers Mutual

What a year! We hope your 2022 was filled with as many good things as ours. We’re grateful for every person on this list that helped us make an impact in the communities we serve, including our employees who volunteered hundreds of hours. We are also thankful for our nonprofit partners who are working to make a difference each day. Please enjoy our top 22 Corporate Impact moments of 2022. 

1. Helped High Schoolers Build their Future 

We took time to share information about workplace  safety and insurance careers with high school students across the state through the Build My Future Programs in St. Charles and Springfield.  

2. Saved Lives with Blood Drives 

We saw several first-time donors when we hosted blood drives in our office for The American Red Cross. Employees donated enough to save 170 lives! We also have employees who volunteer for the American Red Cross. 

3. Prepared Dinner for Foster Parents (And Some S’mores) 

We kicked off Volunteer Month in April by making 25 meals for the more than 100 foster families in the Coyote Hill Foster Family Services Program. In July, employees helped prepare for the organization’s annual party and in October, we filled 400 boxes with S’Mores kits for Coyote Hill’s annual fundraiser. 

4. Filled Cars for the St. Louis Area Food Bank 

Employees saw food insecurity up close when they  filled cars at a mobile food pantry site for the St. Louis Area Food Bank.  

5. Spent the Day with Some Amazing Third Graders 

MEM employees took the day to teach third grade classes at Hallsville Elementary how to earn, spend, save, and donate through Junior Achievement’s curriculum. Each volunteer was paired up with a partner teacher and given lessons and activities to share in the classroom.  

6. Went Green for Mental Health Awareness 

Along with other partners doing the same, we lit up the MEM home office in green lights to spread awareness about the importance of good mental health.  

7. Shared Career Experiences with Middle Schoolers 

Seven MEM employees made stops at our partner in education, Gentry Middle School, to share and field questions about their careers.  Professions included information technology, human resources, customer care, underwriting, and nursing. We also spent some time in Gentry’s clothing closet sorting donations. 

8. Learned About Child Safety at Charlie’s House 

We made a visit to Charlie’s House in Kansas City to complete a service project for the organization. Employees enjoyed learning more about the mission of the nonprofit which is to keep families safe and prevent injuries in children. A mission that mirrors our own! 

9. Spruced Up a Section of Springfield 

On a beautiful Spring morning, employees in the Springfield area met at the Fassnight Park trailhead for a few hours to clean up a section of the greenway. The City of Springfield allows groups to choose their own trail cleanup location and provides bags and pickup of the trash at project completion.  

10. Met Basic Hygiene Needs 

Employees in Columbia continued our celebration of Volunteer Month in April by assembling 100 hygiene kits for two different organizations serving the homeless in Mid Missouri. We finished our project by writing a note in each kit.  

11. Sent Out Mulch Crews 

Teams from information technology and human resources divided and conquered to spread a new layer of mulch on the playground at Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbia and at Welcome Home. MEM donated the mulch. 

12. Stocked and Stacked for The Food Bank 

Members of the Information Technology team helped customers fill orders, stocked shelves, and cleaned for a few hours at the Central Pantry for Boone County. The pantry serves an estimated 10,000 people per month. Multiple employee teams also took shifts in the Volunteer room at The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. 

13. Made Blankets for Refugees 

Employees put their crafty skills to use and assembled fleece blankets for an in-office volunteer opportunity. The blankets went to City of Refuge for shoppers to take home along with other items in the free closet. 

14. Cleaned Up Spaces for Early Childhood Learning 

Two teams spent time at First Chance for Children. Teams sanitized toys, packaged diapers and painted a fence on the playground for the organization that works to provide early childhood programs and resources for children and their families. 

15. Sorted Clothes for the Tiniest Hands and Feet 

Employees in St. Louis sorted clothes and cleaned toys for Nurses for Newborns. The safety-net organization working to prevent infant mortality received a donation from MEM in 2021 that was used to purchase 50 children’s car seats. 

16. Thanked Hundreds of Semi-Truck Drivers 

Volunteers from MEM helped at two different weigh stations to thank drivers during the Missouri Trucking Association’s Driver Appreciation event where 1,500 drivers across the state were recognized. 

17. Made Birthdays Brighter 

Our Claims Customer Care team helped families working toward permanent housing and financial recovery by assembling cleaning kits, bedtime kits, and birthday parties in a box for donation to Love Columbia. 

18. Raised Scholarship Funds for Kids’ Chance of Missouri 

Employees competed to raise funds for Kids’ Chance of Missouri during MEM’s WorkSAFE Week and netted $25,000 for the organization including a $5,000 match from MEM. Kids’ Chance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing post-high school scholarships to children of Missouri workers killed or seriously injured on the job.  

19. Supported Veterans at Welcome Home 

In addition to sprucing up the landscaping outdoors, several employee teams spent time in the kitchen at Welcome Home, and our Claims Department donated items on the organizations wish list as a holiday project. 

20. Took Steps for Charitable Causes 

We walked more than 1,000 miles for charitable causes in virtual 5ks and charity walks. Employees donated each month to participate in our virtual 5ks and organized teams for fundraising events benefiting Relay 4 Life, The Cancer Research Center, The ALS Association, and The Alzheimer’s Association. MEM matched the funds they raised. 

21. Lived United 

For 10 Fridays, we hosted two very special groups of volunteers in training with the Heart of Missouri United Way Give 5 Program. We were honored with our own volunteer award. And once again, our executives dressed in costume to compete and help raise funds for MEM’s United Way Campaign. MEM’s employees pledged to donate more than $73,000 for United Way chapters in St. Louis, Kansas City, Columbia, and Springfield in 2022. 

22. Helped Build the Food Bank’s Central Pantry 

MEM completed a match campaign with The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri for the fifth year in a row. During those four years, the match between MEM and The Food Bank has raised more than $423,000.

December 28, 2022
Missouri Employers Mutual
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