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COVID Impact Relief

How has this idea enhanced your club's operation, etc.?

In two short weeks, through an email appeal, Carmel’s independent 501(c)(3) Employee Assistance Fund raised over $135K for COVID Impact Relief. Their goal was to provide as many employees as possible with an influx of cash to meet immediate needs. The original goal was $77K but with member families giving matching gifts of $10K and even $17K, the Fund far surpassed their goals and were able to give EVERY employee (including fitness subcontractors) a check ranging from $400-$600. Ty McBride, our Fund Chairman, and Chris Edward our Board President spent the day at Carmel assisting Human Resources and John Schultz in handing out physical checks to the staff. Both commented on several occasions that this was a “top five day” at Carmel. The smiles on the employees faces were priceless and their genuine appreciation was heart-warming.

How was this idea implemented, and what have been the club members' reactions?

Over this year, Carmel has received so many positive accolades from the staff for taking care of them during pandemic. Of the 92 employees who were furloughed, 87 returned to work at the Club. At Carmel we care deeply about our staff and our members. The pandemic made us get creative in showing our appreciation in different ways. As COVID carries over into 2021 we will continue our efforts to take care of the staff. Our employees are our greatest asset, they are what makes Carmel so special for our members!

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Diane Willi

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