The heart of a volunteer

C&A Industries began supporting the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) about five years ago and our company’s support has continued to grow since then.

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of American’s that are affected by mental illness. The organization advocates for access to services, treatment, support and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community of hope for all of those that are in need. Visit NAMI Nebraska’s website for more information.

I began volunteering to be able to spread the word and create awareness of mental illness. Volunteering for the fire department along with my wife working for the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Department has exposed me to people who have been affected by mental illness in one way or another. This instilled in me a want to participate in and become involved with NAMI. It is often a disorder that is missed and many people can benefit from the services that NAMI has to offer.

Each year, C&A recruits employees, family, and friends to participate in the Nebraska NAMI Walk, held in June. Countless amounts of volunteer time go into organizing and putting together different NAMI fundraising events for our company. C&A’s NAMI Committee holds bi-weekly meetings to discuss fundraising efforts and ways to create enjoyable activities for employees to participate in. A few examples of our fundraising events include; breakfasts, cupcake wars, jeans days, and barbecue hosted by a nationally known BBQ team located here in Omaha (one of the team members also happens to work for C&A!). Thanks to the generosity of our employees and others, our company team is on target to meet our goal of raising $5,000!

The need for volunteering is greater now than ever throughout the Omaha community and the nation. I would highly encourage anyone who has spare time to step up to the plate and volunteer for the many different organizations that desperately could use your help to keep their operations up and running.

The 2012 NAMIWalks Nebraska will be held Saturday, June 9th at Turner Park in Midtown Crossing, Omaha. Learn more about how you can walk with the C&A Team and support this great cause!
Lee Kortus has been with C&A Industries for five years. He currently serves as a Team Lead in the Cardiopulmonary division of Aureus Medical Group, an affiliate of C&A. Lee and his wife, Michaela, have been married for almost three years and will be celebrating their daughter’s 1st birthday in June. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, as well as visiting the zoo and children’s museum. Lee volunteers with the LaVista, Nebraska Volunteer Fire Department.

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