In a time where good corporate citizenship is pivotal to the world around us, our Community Impact team continues to take the lead – helping Vizient improve our partnerships with our members and communities and working alongside our Diversity Networking Associations (DNAs) to deliver expertise and compassion where it’s most needed to create long-lasting change.
Giving back to veterans in our communities
Supporting veterans entering the civilian workforce
Hire Heroes USA empowers U.S. military members, veterans and military spouses to succeed in the civilian workforce. Through one-on-one career counseling and individualized resources, Hire Heroes transition specialists help clients achieve career readiness and employment that is financially sustaining and professionally rewarding.
In June, Vizient gave a grant to Hire Heroes to support recruiting, training and placing veterans into available positions within the health care industry.
“We’ve been working alongside Hire Heroes USA for many years, and it’s incredibly rewarding supporting veterans as they transition to civilian life – helping them assess how their military skills translate to corporate jobs,” said Rand Ballard, chief customer officer and U.S. Army veteran. “It’s about finding a good company fit where veterans can leverage their skills, experience and strategic mindset to help organizations achieve their goals.”
Providing safe housing for veterans and their families
Last year, our Vizient Community Outreach team worked with local nonprofit, Dwell with Dignity, to help a Dallas-based veteran and her family. She had fled an abusive relationship and found herself and her five children – ages 3 to 15 – homeless and seeking shelter with a local area nonprofit.
Through the generosity of the design community as well as other nonprofits such as the Genesis Women's Shelter, New Friends New Life and Promise House, Dwell with Dignity designs and installs home interiors for families who desperately need an environment that will support health and wellness.
The nonprofit group guided her as she found a home within her price range. However, it lacked the necessities – beds, window coverings, kitchen supplies and toys for the kids – that make a house feel like a home. The Vizient team and Dwell with Dignity were able to provide those items and more.
Now, this proud veteran and her children live in what she calls "our sanctuary," a home designed specifically for her and her children.
To help bring these services to other local families like the one described above, we teamed up with Dallas Mavericks Basketball – a longtime supporter of Veteran Affairs – to celebrate and award Dwell with Dignity an additional $10,000 to fund future design projects for families in need.
"So many of the families helped by Dwell with Dignity have been transient," said Jennifer Lind, senior director of Community Impact. "And that's what this organization does really well – it creates stability. It empowers families by giving them the security that comes with having your own space. I'd like to give special thanks to our Veterans DNA group who supplied the volunteers for our first family home installation. We’re looking forward to our next Dwell with Dignity project which will kick off in December."
Veterans Diversity Networking Association
Our Veterans Diversity Networking Association Supports volunteerism benefiting veterans and veteran organizations, fosters employee connections and serves as a resource to veteran and military-related matters at Vizient.
About Vizient Cares
At Vizient, the focus of corporate giving is to make a difference – through investment – not only in the lives of our clients but also in the lives of our families, our communities and the world.
That is why we invest our dollars in two priority areas: Social Determinants of Health and Military and Veterans.
"We support our communities through the Vizient Cares program, which focuses on community involvement, corporate giving and establishing outreach programs that positively affect the communities we serve," said Colleen Risk, chief people officer. "We invite our employees to share their talents and expertise with people who need them and make a difference in the world outside of the Vizient offices."
"This project spoke to me because it's supporting veterans and honoring the sacrifice that they make for our country. As a veteran, myself, being able to just do my part, and help the cause – that's a big deal."
-- Glen Sample, associate vice president of Contract Data Management and U.S. Army veteran
Our commitment to Corporate Citizenship
2020 also marked the second year in a row that Vizient was named a finalist in the D CEO Nonprofit and Corporate Citizenship Awards.
Our organization was nominated within the Collaboration of the Year category, resulting from our work with Dwell with Dignity alongside our Community Outreach team, led by Jennifer as well as Stari Ewert, project manager.
About the D CEO Nonprofit and Corporate Citizenship Awards
The D CEO Nonprofit and Corporate Citizenship Awards, presented in partnership with the Communities Foundation of Texas, celebrates the work of local nonprofits and professionals, as well as the companies and leaders that support them through donations, volunteer time, sponsorships and more.