The Methodist Way
When Andi Kafka thinks about the big moments in her life, she can't help but include her time at Methodist. She has been part of the Methodist Health System community since 1965 when she attended the School of Nursing. After graduation, she went to work for Methodist—a job she's loved for 45 years.
"I consider Methodist an important part of my family," Andi says.
It's that passion that prompted her to include Methodist Hospital Foundation in her family's estate plans. Andi strives to give back and help others. It's a lesson she learned while growing up in a small farming community in Iowa. She fondly remembers the culture of neighbor helping neighbor and a strong community bond. It's the same bond she found at Methodist.
"Your peers and coworkers are here to support you. That is the Methodist way," Andi says. "Methodist has been there for me and has given me so many opportunities professionally and personally."
Andi was one of the first recipients to receive the Foundation Graduate Award, a scholarship funded by Methodist Hospital Foundation. It supports Methodist employees as they further their education.
"You feel like you can't give enough back," Andi says. "My experiences here have pulled at my heart and I want to help."
Supporting Programs That Make a Difference
Andi is a strong supporter of the Caring Campaign, an employee giving program at Methodist. She was one of the first to donate to the campaign when it started 25 years ago. Through the Caring Campaign, she has supported Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center and Foundation programs such as the Family Crisis Connection, which financially helps Methodist employees who are going through a crisis. She also supports the Surgery Renovation and Expansion Project, as she knows Methodist is the regional leader in surgeries.
The feeling Andi gets from giving is so rewarding that she encourages others to be generous as well. In lieu of a gift to her, she asks friends to donate to Methodist Hospital Foundation. One of her favorite programs is the Methodist Hospital Renaissance Health Clinic, which provides low-cost services to those in need. She wants to make a difference in other's lives.
Andi's giving heart doesn't stop there. She donates the gift of time by volunteering at Methodist in addition to her work as an employee. She looks forward to becoming more active with volunteering in her retirement.
"Volunteering my time is just one more way to help others. It is something I find great joy in," Andi says.
Andi and her husband, Joe, decided they want to continue to give into the future as well. They accomplished this by including Methodist Hospital Foundation in their estate planning. For them, it's a way to continue to support the projects and programs that do so much for the community and to pay it forward.
"I always knew I wanted to give something and realized that putting Methodist Hospital Foundation in my estate plan was the way to go. It's a win-win," Andi says.
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