Numerica’s Health Fair blog was written by guest blogger, Richard Miller from Washington State University’s Global Campus.
From babies to veterans to veterans to seniors, it’s hard to find a segment of the community that Numerica Credit Union doesn’t help. But this month, Numerica reached out to its own community of employees in Spokane Valley.
“It’s important to the organization that our staff is healthy and happy,” Communications Manager Kelli Hawkins said of the Nov. 6 Annual Employee Health Fair. “Just as we look out for the wellbeing of our members, we also value the wellbeing of our employees.”
At Numerica, the word wellbeing is quite inclusive. Employees got advice on everything from investments to joining a gym.
“It’s about more than dental plans,” Hawkins said. “We need to keep our bodies well and our minds well. There are a lot of components that go into making us happy and healthy.”
One vital component? Coffee. Roast House coffee owner Deborah di Bernardo handed out about 100 cups, and nearly as many facts about coffee growing. Even a quick conversation about the origin of coffee beans, she said, can raise awareness about the environment. “We truly can effect change,” she said. “I’m impressed that Numerica is doing this.”
Wellbeing also includes access to education. About half a dozen representatives of area colleges were at the fair. “Tuition cost is always a factor,” said Richard Miller of Washington State University’s Global Campus. “But Numerica’s tuition reimbursement program helps ease the burden.”
Randi Jennings, for example, was reimbursed for Spanish courses she took as part of her WSU Global Campus bachelor’s degree.
While Jennings’ degree will help her move ahead at Numerica, that wasn’t her main motive. “I have three kids and I wanted to show them that even working full time you can still get your degree,” she said.
Even though the health fair focused on employees, Numerica assigned the most prominent table – directly across from the front door – to the Tree of Sharing. The group handed out gift request tags, then will collect the gifts for distribution to the needy during the holidays.
Coordinator Lyne Taggart said the Numerica workers took about 250 request tags at the fair. “The employees are very generous,” Taggart said. “They won’t just take one tag. They’ll take several.”