Connecting-Caring is Oppenheimer's philanthropic initiative that helps contribute towards a variety of charitable causes. Each year employees focus on giving to our communities, and promote health and wellness for employees.
In light of recent COVID-19 events, our Oppenheimer employees have been contributing to their communities independently, in order to provide relief in these uncertain times.
Christel Good in Leawood, KS, has been making mask and donating them to people in 13 different states. When she ran out of materials, coworker, Marla Hart, stepped up and donated more fabric, thread, elastic and ribbon so Christel could make more. She has made and given away more than 300 masks.
Kathleen Lombardo, Cheshire, CT, has been making "ear-savers" at her dining room table out of plastic folders and her circut machine. These ear savers are designed to go behind the medical mask to alleviate the pressure and strain on the back of the ears from wearing mask all day.
You can read more about both Christel and Kathleen's stories here.
In addition, David Greenberg, Stamford, CT, is on The Foundation Board for Stamford Hospital and when the call went out seeking help to battle COVID-19, his wife Cathy and himself donated to a matching fund that was established. He has worked to gather more support from the community to help Stamford Hospital treat COVID-19 patients. The money raised will provide Rapid Lab Testing, Personal Protective Gear, food to nourish our frontline caregivers, and even iPads so patients communicate with their families while isolated.
The Jericho branch continuously supports Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, specifically, Mitch Hassenbein and his wife help raise funds for Cycle for Survival cause. Currently, MSK doctors, nurses, researchers, and staff are facing unprecedented challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented them and are working harder than ever to ensure health and safety of their patients.
COVID-19 Relief Efforts
Our recent Firm-wide initiatives focused on helping military families, and on promoting healthy living for Oppenheimer employees.
Here are some recent accomplishments
- Over 200 employees from the Firm’s Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York offices assembled to support the needs of those who served in the military.
- The Private Client Division challenged its top three Branch Managers to raise money for a military charity of their choice.
- The Firm also continued its highly successful wellness program, which energizes and connects the entire Firm with fitness-related events and challenges. Recently – in conjunction with the focus on helping military families, and in recognition of employees surpassing 150 million steps (on their fitness trackers) – Oppenheimer donated to a number of programs that support the families of military personnel.
- Throughout the year, employees participate in local walks to support awareness of health issues.