Somerville, NJ—As we all strive to “do a better job of doing good,” let this serve as inspiration.
Kay O’Grady, a communications and compliance administrator for Viva International Group has donated more than 600 hours of volunteer time for the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind and America’s VetDogs. Her dedication has earned her a Jefferson Award.
Viva places a lot of emphasis on community service and philanthropy, and Highmark Inc., Viva’s parent company, recently honored 12 employees in Pittsburgh with a Jefferson Award for Public Service for their community volunteering efforts. In fact, Highmark is a Jefferson Award Champion and one of only 25 companies nationally who has recognized employees with this prestigious award.
Kay and her husband, Dennis, began volunteering for these organizations, which provide guide dogs to the blind and United States veterans, when they adopted their first Future Guide Dog Puppy, Chuckles, to raise and train as a formal service dog. They wanted to gain a better understanding of how these dogs could help people like Dennis’ brothers, three of whom are legally blind.
O’Grady was selected to represent all volunteers from across the company at the National Jefferson Awards ceremony this June in Washington, D.C.
“Our employees are truly passionate about and in touch with the needs of the community and offer their selfless commitment to important organizations and programs each year,” said Viva President Frank Rescigna. “We congratulate Kay, and we are all proud that she has been honored with this distinguished award. She is an inspiration to all of us.”