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Technology leader Intel Corporation recently participated in a successful demonstration of Compassion Force, Medical Teams International’s new volunteer program of “kitting” events. As shown above, Intel employees came to Medical Teams’ headquarters in Tigard to pack more than 500 health essential kits for the local homeless population.

Compassion Force invites businesses to assemble health essentials kits. Medical Teams then distributes the kits to refugees globally and vulnerable populations locally. These kits contain health items to prevent illnesses and provide some normalcy during times of crisis. Contents of the kits include toothbrushes, Band-Aids, wash cloths, soap, shower gel, floss, combs, and more. Medical Teams piloted the Compassion Force kitting events this spring. The program serves two needs: build kits for vulnerable populations around the world, and boost employee satisfaction through meaningful community engagement. Companies sign up as event sponsors, covering the costs of the supplies as well as shipping, which comes to roughly $10,000. Up to 100 of the company’s employees can participate in the kitting events, which last two and a half hours. The events can be held at the company’s headquarters or at one of Medical Teams’ distribution centers in Tigard or Redmond, Wash. Medical Teams International coordinates the shipping and distribution of the kits to people in need around the world.

Donna Maleki, Intel’s community engagement manager, said the event was a way to give back to the community while providing an important outreach opportunity for employees. “It’s an opportunity to increase employee engagement around a meaningful conversation,” Maleki said. “Our internal research has shown that employees who are engaged in community efforts like these are more satisfied with their work.”

The success of the Intel demo paved the way for Cambia Health Solutions, who will be the first company to fully sponsor a Compassion Force kitting event, scheduled for this month. A 23-year partner of Medical Teams, Cambia has supported projects in the Pacific Northwest, Uganda and elsewhere.

For more information, visit www.medicalteams.org/kitting/