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Giving Back

Ways We Give Back

Our business is built on relationships with our clients, contractors, providers, employees and the communities in which we live and work.

We take our responsibility to these individuals and communities very seriously.  We believe that assisting with the education of future healthcare professionals and responding to those in need strengthens these relationships to help secure a brighter future for all.  We believe in giving back to the communities we serve.

CareStar employees make a huge community impact.  Our employees are dedicated to embracing their call of service beyond the work they do at CareStar.  In 2019, CareStar employees collectively completed over 10,000 hours of community service with organizations they share a passion, including, but certainly not limited to:

  • Young Living Foundation.
  • International Friendships, Inc.
  • The Arthritis Foundation.
  • Army National Guard.
  • March of Dimes.
  • Best Buddies.
  • Matthew 25 Ministries.
  • St. Joseph’s Orphanage.
  • Disability Walks.
  • Highland County Jail Ministry.
  • Autism Awareness.
  • Isabella’s Closet.

Josephine Walters Scholarship Fund

The Josephine Walters Scholarship fund was named in memory of Josephine Walters because her life epitomized the best characteristics of the members of the nursing profession, caring and selfless service to others.  Left a widow during the war year of 1945, with two (2) teenage daughters, one (1) of whom had just recently been paralyzed by polio, Mrs. Walters was forced to make her way in a man’s world decades before the women’s equality movement made such an option easier or fashionable.  She went to work and supported her family well, while managing to raise both her daughters as a single parent.  Mrs. Walters always sacrificed her own time and interests for those of her family, and she did so in a quiet, understated way.

Ultimately, Mrs. Walters would be blessed with six (6) grandchildren, one of whom founded CareStar in 1988.  Her generosity and gracious spirit extended to these children and grandchildren whom she loved dearly.

Mrs. Walters was blessed with very good health throughout her life. When she became ill at the age of 88, she required the care and attention from others. This was difficult to accept.  Mrs. Walters did not want to burden or impose upon her family. However, she soon realized that allowing others the privilege to care for her in time of need was just a different way she could continue to serve her loved ones.

Eventually her family could not care for her alone. Home healthcare nurses and aides were called to supplement her care.  Mrs. Walters quickly grew to love and depend upon her nursing caregivers and eagerly anticipated their daily visits. These caregivers returned her affection, as they recognized the same qualities in Mrs. Walters that her family and friends so appreciated.

In memory of Josephine Walters and the many people like her whom nurses serve, the CareStar nursing scholarship fund was created in 1993 and is proud to provide vital financial assistance to healthcare students in need.

The Josephine Walters Scholarship fund was established to award exceptional nursing students and assist them in continuing their dream of helping others. This fund provides tuition assistance to applicants who have academically excelled in their individual nursing programs and need additional funding to complete their courses of study. The scholarship is funded largely through CareStar employees, friends, and business associates and has awarded over $500,000 to more than 170 nursing students at select colleges in Ohio and Indiana.

Multiple Sclerosis Walk

The National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society hosts annual Walk MS events, which are among the most recognized and significant fundraising events to support local MS chapters. The Walk MS events typically draw more than 330,000 participants each year to raise funds and awareness for MS to provide research, advocacy, education, programs and services, including case management for people who have MS.

CareStar maintains a collaborative relationship with Multiple Sclerosis Society, which began in  2009.  We also provide case management services for some members, focusing on improving each person’s quality of life by adopting a creative approach to meeting their unique needs. Each State’s Multiple Sclerosis Chapters serve individuals diagnosed with MS, as well as their families and friends.

Ms. Wheelchair USA Pageant

The Ms. Wheelchair USA Pageant, presented and sponsored by the Dane Foundation, gives women with disabilities the opportunity to feel glamorous and have their turn in the spotlight. Women from all over the United States come to eastern Ohio once each year to showcase who they are, what they believe in and how they contribute to the betterment of their communities through the work they do. This annual week-long pageant is filled with activities and is truly an inspiration for self-confidence, beauty and empowerment.

CareStar has been a proud, longtime sponsor of, and volunteer for, the annual Ms. Wheelchair USA Pageant. We are honored to celebrate the lives and accomplishments of these remarkable women.

Internships

CareStar is proud to provide an internship program through which students in various fields can build their resume while helping us achieve our mission. Our interns, who we proudly call Rising Stars, work with and positively impact all aspects of the Company. These strong partnerships also play a key role in CareStar’s long-term recruiting strategy and will continue to expand in future years. We have welcomed high school students from DePaul Cristo Rey, LaSalle High School and Elder High School in Cincinnati, OH. We also have welcomed students seeking Associate’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Students major in various healthcare, social work, and business-related fields from Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Indiana University, Indiana Wesleyan University, Cleveland State University, Xavier University, Mount St. Joseph’s, University of Cincinnati, Ohio State University, and Dayton University. We are constantly looking to expand our Rising Star impact and would welcome the opportunity to build relationships in all communities in which we live and work.