Why I Give Back in My Local Community

At the Making a Difference Foundation, we envision a world where people volunteer their time, talents, and resources to make a positive impact, advance healing, and reduce suffering. This month, we asked Jeff Freeman, CHG’s SVP of Culture and Engagement, to share his “why” behind volunteering in his local community. I think you’ll enjoy seeing where Jeff likes to spend his time.


Why I give back in my local community

At CHG, we do a great job of caring for each other, the healthcare providers we place, and the customers we work with. Giving back in our communities is a natural extension of our people-focused culture, and it’s something I’m passionate about. Getting involved and volunteering shows that I care about the communities in which I live and interact with every day. That involvement could be through financial donations, supplying items in need, or giving my time — or a combination of all three.

One of the biggest ways my wife and I give back is through our support of The Children’s Center Utah. This organization helps kids with mental health issues as a result of abuse and neglect or because of special needs. As parents of a son with autism, what the Children’s Center does is very near and dear to our hearts. And we’ve long been consistent supporters of the great work they do for kids in need.

I also strive to make a difference in my community in smaller ways. Recently, I had the privilege to participate in Read Across America Day with United Way. I volunteered with others from CHG to read to kids at East Midvale Elementary in Utah. This was the school I attended as a child, so it was fun to be able to give back to a place I have a personal connection with.

Another memorable way I’ve given back was through CHG’s first-ever Day of Purpose in April. I volunteered at Roots Farm, an urban space where highschoolers participate in all aspects of farming to learn about the connections between humans and the land. I also spent time at Encircle, which is a home that provides essential support, tools, and resources to LGBTQ+ youth. It was so fulfilling to step away from the office and spend a few hours providing meaningful service alongside my CHG colleagues.

Volunteering with organizations like these allows me to be an active and engaged member of the community. I encourage everyone to find a cause you’re passionate about and give back where you live and work.


Giving back is easy when there are causes you care about. Thank you to Jeff and all those who volunteer  with so many amazing organizations in our communities. Share with us where you like to give back. We love to hear your stories and know that together we can make such a huge impact.

Julie T. Sibthorp
President, Making a Difference Foundation

About the author

Julie Sibthorp

Julie is the President of the Making a Difference Foundation. Outside of my work at the foundation, I love traveling and learning about new cultures. (Fun fact, I have visited 40 different countries.) I am an avid reader, podcast listener, and much of my free time is spent exploring in the outdoors with my husband and our children.

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