Intouch is constantly searching for ways to make an impact on the health and wellness of our community. Sometimes that involves creating a new app or a killer paid media strategy; other times all you need to make a difference is a little extra effort. Cue our philanthropy committee.

Over the past year, the philanthropy committee served organizations benefitting many causes, including breast cancer, cystic fibrosis and local animal shelters. Here’s a snapshot of some contributions we’ve made in the past year.

Hoops for Hounds: Intouch’s Kansas City office was a presenting sponsor for this Big 12 Championship watch event benefitting the KC Pet Project.

Skin of Steel: Intouch made a donation in honor of Susan Steel, a melanoma patient advocate with whom we worked closely while building the Skin of Steel website.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: Intouch sponsored a group from the Chicago office to climb 58 floors in the Cystic Fibrosis Climb.

Susan G. Komen: Intouch sponsored 39 runners from the KC office for Race for the Cure.

Kansas City Pet Project: Intouchers in KC volunteered at different locations to help renovate facilities; play with dogs; and deliver a wheelbarrow full of dog and cat food, treats, beds, and toys.

The Kyrie Foundation: The Kansas City office hosted a card-crafting event during Take Your Child to Work Day, and the children made 51 “get well” cards for other kids affected by brain cancer.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: Intouch’s Team in Training, led by Katie Pierce, hiked 13.1 miles in Yosemite National Park and raised more than $8,100 for blood cancer research through the only endurance sports training program for charity.

Spirit Week: KC Intouchers participated in a week-long initiative to donate time, money and items to Ronald McDonald House and Children’s Mercy Hospital. They filled up a conference room full of donations and donated $10,000 to each organization. Our donations provided 12 plastic tubs and 8 oversized boxes of canned goods, household supplies, clothing, toys and over 1,000 crayons.

In addition to getting paid time off for community service, Intouchers have plenty of opportunities to get involved at work. The philanthropy team has in-office activities planned for the remainder of 2016, including Spirit Week and guest speakers visiting from local charities.

Outside the office, Intouch is sponsoring the Selfie Station at the Kansas City-area Light the Night event that benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Look for our #ALLin Airstream and stop by on September 30 to share your healthcare stories!

If you have any questions about getting involved in philanthropic efforts at Intouch, please reach out to Leah Zlatnik (Kansas City), Grace Pollert (Chicago) or Shauntay Twitty (New York).