Imagine seeing yourself and your daughter on the jumbotron screen at Madison Square Garden? That is what happened for La’Dreamer Lark this fall when she was invited to Essential Workers Night presented by Northwell Health and named this year’s “Community Captain” in honor of the nonprofit she and her daughter founded. It would be a memorable moment to say the least and in La’Dreamer Lark’s own words, “it was life changing.”
La’Dreamer Lark is a Northwell Health patient access service representative at Lenox Hill Hospital’s emergency department, assisting in the process of admitting patients in need of care. “In my role, I get to meet a lot of people where I can offer comfort and support to our patients because caring for others is a big part of who I am.” La’Dreamer is passionate about being active in her community–always in search of ways to help others both on the job and in her personal life. It’s a characteristic that she has passed down to her daughter, Dreamer “Daisy” Jones Lark and together, they founded the La’Dreamer and Daisy Helping Hands Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization that gives back to others.
Since 2018, La’Dreamer and her daughter have helped more than 5,000 children through their back-to-school fundraising events that provided each child with a free backpack filled with supplies including: notebooks, pencils, crayons, scissors, and more to help them kick off a successful school year. When asked why they wanted to give back in this way, La’Dreamer said, “We both love to meet people and help out where we can, and we saw a need in the community.” At these events they do more than just pass out backpacks, they also raffle off prizes to help fund the cause, provide food, and offer fun activities for the families who attend.
La’Dreamer says she and her daughter didn’t accomplish this on their own. They receive a lot of support from friends, family, and Northwell. “Northwell is a place that values employee interests, even when they take place outside of work. The organization and my coworkers donated both money and supplies to contribute to the success of our back-to-school events.”
Support for personal and professional achievements is a tenet that is held firm by the leadership team at Northwell and the organization is committed to giving back to our local communities. With so many programs and initiatives across the organization, Northwell is a place that encourages employees to pursue their interests and passions every day and offers an environment that fosters growth for all team members.
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