Serving as the nation’s second largest retirement plan provider, Empower Retirement understands the importance of financial stability for individuals and families. “Empower is focused on transforming how people manage their finances so that they can reach their goals and achieve the retirement freedom they dream about,” says Edmund F. Murphy III, President and CEO of Empower Retirement. With this fundamental value of helping individuals and families to achieve greater financial security, Empower has partnered with the Joe Andruzzi Foundation to sponsor the Foundation’s 2020 Bridge Builder monthly giving program. This critical program provides steady, reliable income, allowing JAF to grant families facing cancer with the financial support they need to be able to stay in their homes, keep their heat and lights on, get to their medical appointments, and purchase food during treatment.
Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Empower Retirement administers $656 billion in assets for more than 9.7 million retirement plan participants and serves all segments of the employer-sponsored retirement plan market including, government 457 plans, corporate 401(k) clients, non-profit entities and private-label record keeping clients. With nearly ten million Americans already saving in Empower workplace retirement plans and Individual Retirement Accounts, Empower aims to encourage and inspire more Americans to stick with their savings goals.
Since 2009, One Mission has raised more than $10 million and brought smiles, comfort, and support to over 10,000 kids fighting cancer and their families. One Mission’s programs and services help patients and families get through the emotional and financial challenges that childhood cancer brings.
The Joe Andruzzi Foundation (JAF) utilized a grant from One Mission to establish JAF’s One Mission Pediatric Assistance Program in November 2019, allowing the Foundation to expand the financial support it provides to pediatric patients and families throughout New England – like Paisley and the Benjamin family. In addition to providing monetary grants to assist with household expenses, the program also provides a gift package to each pediatric cancer patient recipient during their in-hospital stay or at-home recovery.
In April 2020, JAF launched an additional partnership with One Mission – the Pediatric Extraordinary Needs Fund, which provides one-time grants up to $4,000 to pediatric patient families to help remove significant financial barriers they may be facing. These grants address substantial impediments to a patient’s continued access to care, and/or basic daily living needs during treatment and beyond (i.e., residential mold removal, fertility preservation, pre-oncology dental work, wheelchair ramp). Pediatric patients and their families are eligible to apply to both JAF’s One Mission Pediatric Assistance Program and the Pediatric Extraordinary Needs Fund.
Do you know someone in need who may qualify for JAF financial assistance? Learn more here.
The Joe Andruzzi Foundation is proud to announce a new strategic partnership with Vonage to improve JAF’s communications capabilities. Vonage is generously providing services that enable JAF to connect with cloud-based telecommunications and videoconferencing. Now the team at the Foundation has seamless remote access to phones and other devices, as well as improved database information workflows. This partnership with Vonage makes it possible for the Foundation to execute our mission more efficiently as we meet the growing needs of the cancer patients and families that we serve.
Vonage, a global cloud communications leader, helps businesses accelerate their digital transformation. Vonage’s Communications Services Platform is fully programmable and allows for the integration of Video, Voice, Chat, Messaging and Verification into existing products, workflows and systems. Vonage’s fully programmable unified communications and contact center applications are built from the Vonage platform and enable companies to transform how they communicate and operate from the office or anywhere, providing enormous flexibility and ensuring business continuity.
The Joe Andruzzi Foundation is proud to partner with NRG LAB, a fitness center located in Mansfield Crossing in Mansfield, MA, on a number of initiatives this – including the gym becoming the Official Fitness Club of the JAF Employee Wellness Program. Additionally, local JAF cancer patient financial grant recipients will receive a free 90-day NRG LAB membership, and the fitness center has also become the proud partner of Team JAF athletes – offering membership opportunities and hosting quarterly JAF fundraisers for those raising money for the Foundation through events like the Boston Marathon® and the New Balance Falmouth Road Race®.
The center offers fantastic programs, a wonderful approach and an overall great wellness community our foundation is thrilled to be involved in. JAF looks forward to developing our relationship, and partnering on future events, in the months to come.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Joe Andruzzi Foundation and assist in driving awareness to the organization’s mission. We are committed to providing a healthy lifestyle to our members and the community we serve.”
– Luther White, President, NRG LAB