Bay Alarm Medical Charity Drive Update: From Pets to Vets
April 7, 2014
As previously mentioned, every few months, Bay Alarm Medical donates a portion of our profits to a unique, nonprofit charity. We do this to give back to our community of seniors and their families, without whom our business could not exist today.
For the past few months, we have been officially sponsoring Pets for the Elderly Foundation.
The Pets for the Elderly foundation pays a large portion of the adoption fee at participating shelters, so that seniors can afford to have a loving pet companion. Over the months of February and March we donated just shy of $1800.00 to the charity.
This was a really fun charity to work with and we especially enjoyed producing pet-themed articles and graphics. The foundation seemed to strike a chord with many, since there’s no shortage of pet lovers out there who consider their pets to be members of the family – our employees included!
We also learned a great deal during our research on the special relationship between pets and elderly. Did you know that medicare patients with pets have fewer doctor visits that similar patients without pets? To see more health benefits that pets can provide, check out our cute and colorful infographic on the health benefits that pets provide to seniors here.
Our donation has helped fund the adoption of at least 30 companion animals. In 2013, supporters of Pets for the Elderly Foundation helped facilitate the adoption of more than 5,000 companion animals. Their goal for 2014 is 6,000 adoptions. To see how you can help, check out the Pets for the Elderly website.
As we wrap up with pets, we will be moving onto our next charity recipient group: veterans.
From Pets to Vets
With Memorial Day approaching in May, we chose to sponsor an organization that supports veterans. Our veterans have sacrificed so much for us and our safety, it’s only right that we give back by doing our best to improve their quality of life.
To kick things off, here’s a couple of staggering statistics that you may not have known about our veteran population:
- 5 states are home to more than 1 million veterans: California (2.1 million), Florida (1.7 million), Texas (1.7 million), New York (1 million), and Pennsylvania (1 million).
- In 2013 there were 41,942 living veterans who served during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam era.
- One third of the adult homeless population is comprised of veterans, and 70 percent of these suffer from substance abuse.
- More than 9 million veterans are over the age of 65.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is the leading cause of homelessness and unemployment among veterans.
Be sure to stay tuned for the upcoming announcement of our next Veteran-themed charity sponsorship. To see the organizations we’ve worked with in the past, check out our ongoing list of Charity Drives.
If you’re a national non-profit senior-related or health organization that would like to partner with Bay Alarm Medical, please email us at email@example.com. We’d love to hear from you! Or, if you know of any great nonprofit organizations that we should check out, please give feel free to give us a shoutout on our Facebook page.