Many companies are searching for methods to give back and express their gratitude to healthcare workers and one way Sun Valley Landscaping is using its resources is by offering a Healthcare Hero Landscape Makeover Giveaway.
The Omaha, Nebraska-based company called for individuals to nominate a healthcare hero or first responder who is making an impact to be entered for $500 in free lawn and landscaping services. The comment with the most likes on social media was selected as the winner.
“At Sun Valley Landscaping, our #1 core value is ‘People Come First,’” says Paul Fraynd, co-owner of Sun Valley. “Watching our healthcare professionals work tirelessly, in unbelievably stressful and potentially dangerous situations, all for the benefit of others filled our hearts with gratitude. When our country is in a battle and we are all staying at home, certain people raise their hand and voluntarily join the fight. The most inspiring thing is, they don’t just do this during a pandemic, they do it each and every day. It just makes me so proud and warms my heart.”
Fraynd says while it’s a small thing they’re offering, it’s a way to say thank you to family members, friends and clients in the industry and all of those who support and protect the community.
“We all have something we do well, or that can help others, lucky for us in the landscape industry our skills, passions and expertise are so good for humans and are a great vehicle to give back,” Fraynd says. “Everyone loves being outdoors and it’s something we are proud to give back to those that deserve it most right now. Our purpose at Sun Valley Landscaping is ‘to allow others to enjoy the outdoors as much as we do.’ Selfishly, this was just a way for us to share this passion with others in our community.”
Fraynd says all the stories were inspiring, but in the end the nomination for Jennifer Wemhoff was the winning story with 16 votes.
Wemhoff has worked in the healthcare field for nearly 25 years and 20+ years at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She has a Bachelor of Science in nursing and will graduate in August with her master’s in nursing. She works 12-hour shifts and is on-call 24/7 as the managing nurse for Care Coordination & Utilization. She is married and is the mother of five children and grandmother of one boy.
“She is a hardworking nurse who cares about what is best for each & every patient in her charge,” says nominator Sherry Talmadge Kaiser. “She is vital to a large patient load in a very busy teaching hospital. She is selfless and these days have been hard on her & her family. Jennifer has made a point of putting her community first during this crisis with her family’s full support. Jennifer is one of the most resilient people you will ever meet, you cannot help but smile (& laugh, she is hilarious) when you are around her. She has a strong in faith God and a sincere love of people. This world needs more Jennifer Wemhoffs. Thank you, Jen, for your courage & sacrifice, you are a standout in your field & a hero to our community. We appreciate you and all you do.”
Due to Wemhoff’s busy schedule, Fraynd says they haven’t had an appointment with her yet to determine what her free project will consist of.
“We are hopeful that we can provide some services or a new space that will save Jennifer time and allow her to enjoy her outdoor space this summer,” Fraynd says. “Seeing a picture of her relaxing in a well-managed landscape would just make our day.”