Continuing their long-term partnership with Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health, BASF pledged $150,000 in programmatic support through directed giving and event sponsorship. As part of its goal to meet social responsibility through community support, BASF’s multiyear commitment continues the company’s investment in pediatric healthcare across greater Baton Rouge.
“On behalf of our 1,200 employees in Louisiana and our families, I am pleased to share BASF’s continued investment in Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital to serve the special needs of children in our community,” says Kristen Pforr, BASF’s Vice President of Operations, Care Chemicals, and Our Lady of the Lake Foundation Board Member. “In addition to dollars, BASF employee volunteers will also support these crucial children’s programs that touch so many in need and help ensure success in our community’s future.”
One of the primary initiatives that will benefit from this gift is Child Life services, which is a key part of the family-centered environment. The Child Life team helps children and their families cope, taking the fear out of hospital visits and procedures. Child Life specialists allow the hospital to become a not-so-scary place through play, age-appropriate preparation, education, and self-expression activities.
Child Life is an invaluable, non-billable service we provide to our families−philanthropy makes this essential offering possible. BASF’s gift will support Child Life personnel, program operations and the advancement of therapies.
BASF is also a long-time supporter of Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health Children’s Developmental Center at McMains and continues to champion the important work of developmental medicine. BASF employees regularly volunteer at the center, working directly with children, and the company will support an annual event.
This gift builds on BASF’s unwavering support in building Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital, where the pavilion bears the company’s name.