For 125 years, UNC REX Healthcare has provided expert care to Wake County and surrounding areas. Our mission to inspire hope, improve health and heal communities is at the heart of what we do every day.
UNC REX understands its role in being a leader in health and wellness. Supporting Wake Education Partnership and its programs is one way UNC REX contributes to investing in the greater community and public education.
UNC REX colleagues take great pride in supporting initiatives and health services that make a positive impact on our neighbors. Through UNC REX Cares corporate social responsibility program, co-workers are connected to meaningful volunteer opportunities throughout Wake County such as the WakeEd Partners Read program.
Co-workers at UNC REX are encouraged to be active participants in our collective future by engaging in dialogue, serving on action-oriented teams and representing the organization as ambassadors in the community. This commitment to share resources and knowledge made Partners Read an excellent fit.
Each Friday, UNC REX co-workers volunteer their time to read for 30 minutes with struggling 1st grade readers. This special one-on-one support helps build each child’s confidence, improve their reading skills and promote a love of reading.
“Reading opens doors to brighter futures, so one must start early,” UNC REX Cancer Center’s Latanja Avery. “I enjoy watching the kids as they rush in the media center to read another ‘new book.’ Their smiles are priceless. My heart is full of joy as well knowing that I can do something so small as volunteering to read to the children.”
“Reading on Friday mornings is the bright spot of my week,” said UNC REX Vice President Roy Tempke. “I always leave with perspective, being reminded how simple it can be to make a child happy. I cannot think of a better way to use 30 minutes of my time, than reading a book with a child that they choose and can keep. I think that I benefit more than the kids.”
As one of Wake County’s largest employers, attracting and retaining a diverse and skilled workforce is of great importance. Advocating for excellent educational opportunities where all students are given the knowledge and tools necessary to be successful is key to building and sustaining a healthy community. UNC REX is proud to partner with WakeEd and Partners Read and is grateful for the opportunity to engage.
UNC REX is a private, not-for-profit health care system and a member of UNC Health Care. UNC REX provides various health care services throughout Wake County with facilities in Apex, Cary, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Wakefield and downtown Raleigh. To learn more visit rexhealth.com.