Each year, city of Westfield employees from all departments join forces in an attempt to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. The city proudly has its very own Relay for Life team entitled, Shamrockin’ for a Cure. This year, the efforts put forth by Westfield employees resulted in achieving the goal of raising over $10,000. Employees were able to reach this goal through various events throughout the year such as pancake breakfasts at the local fire stations, No-Shave November at the police department, the semi-annual city wide Bulk Trash Day, and ultimately the Relay for Life Auction at the City Service Building. In total, the city of Westfield employees were able to raise an astounding $11,248 to aid the American Cancer Society.
Considering I am a newer employee for the city of Westfield, I was able to experience the annual Relay for Life Auction for the first time on May 17. Members of several departments came together to form WEE, which stands for Westfield Employee Enrichment. The members of this team met once a month to plan for the auction and acquire enticing bidding items for attendees. Items such as a date night package including an overnight stay at the Conrad Hotel in Indianapolis, a tow truck ride to school for a child, and gift cards to various restaurants were just a few of the exciting options. The auction itself was held during the time of the monthly all-employee meeting to give employees a chance to bid on the various items and engage in a little friendly competition. The success of the auction can be attributed to the hard work of the WEE committee members and their dedication to a worthy cause. Overall, a total of $3,160 was collected for this event alone.
Ultimately, my first experience as a city of Westfield employee and the Relay for Life efforts was an extremely positive one. Cancer continues to be an unfortunate reality for so many and after watching my father endure the hardships that accompany the disease last year, being able to be a member of a team dedicated to raising money for such a meaningful cause truly impacted me. It inspired me to donate the item I acquired at the auction to another worthy cause, the Westfield Youth Assistance Program. The item I donated was the opportunity for a school-aged child to ride to school in a fire truck. As I do not live in the area or have children, I felt it only made sense for me to give the certificate to a program led by individuals with a passion for positively influencing the lives of children. As I was positively impacted by the dedication of the city of Westfield employees, hopefully the young recipient of the firetruck ride will also be impacted in a positive way.