1/10/2012 - 2013 marks the 10th Year of Giving by the Treasury Department
DES MOINES, IA – January 10, 2013
MARY MALONEY, POLK COUNTY TREASURER — The Polk County Treasurer’s Office is known for collecting taxes. What is not known is that we also collect donations.
Treasurer employees have heard many stories of hardships from Polk County residents through the years while we are accepting their property tax and vehicle tag payments. It can be “taxing” to the heart to hear tales of financial struggles and loss our neighbors face. For some, being in the midst of other peoples despair can affect their morale on the job and at home.
Rebecca Fazio and Chelle Vaughn conceived the idea of a program called HOPE (Heart of Polk Employees) that grew into a substantial morale boosting product. The product is simply that of giving. It is wisely designed by the employees to raise employee morale while easing the conscientious empathetic struggles employee’s shoulder at work.
Each month the employees in the Polk County Treasurers office give a donation to a pre-specified organization that assists the people of Polk County. Since the inception of HOPE in the fall of 2003, countless people residing in Polk County have been recipients of our donations. In January of each year the HOPE committee selects the organizations we will offer our donations to. The first organization that helped build our morale was the Family Violence Center, next came Toys for Tots, Ronald McDonald House, the Food Pantry, Door of Faith Men’s Shelter, and so many more. They are chosen for the excellent work they do as well as the level of need. We give thanks to these organizations and are thrilled to contribute to them.
We are proud of our co-workers and the generosity they exhibit month-after-month. The year 2013 marks the 10th year of giving by our department.