At first glance, Jerry and Jenny Schulz’s careers wouldn’t seem to intersect. Jerry works for COUNTRY Financial as a Financial Representative and his wife, Jenny, works as an ER nurse at Regions Hospital. But helping those impacted by COVID-19 has brought their organizations together.

COUNTRY Financial developed a program called Operation Help Heroes which committed $3 Million dollars to first responders and health care workers, following their mission to “enrich lives in the communities we serve.”

“Health care workers and first responders are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, risking their lives every day to take care of those in our communities. We believe it’s our responsibility to take care of them,” said Tim Harris, executive vice president for COUNTRY Financial.

Jerry and Jenny Schulz pose for a photo at a fundraising event.

When Jerry heard about his company’s dedication to health care workers, he immediately thought of his wife and all her coworkers.

“I personally knew what she and others were going through on a day to day basis,” Jerry recalled. “I knew this was a perfect fit.”

He contacted Regions Hospital Foundation and was able to make a donation of $1500. His wife knows firsthand how much of an impact this will have.

“The Regions Emergency Department team is a strong team with a great culture that has helped in handling the rollercoaster of this pandemic,” she said. “Over time, the constant use of PPE, assisting higher acuity patients, constantly changing protocols plus staff stretched to our limits leads to a waning enthusiasm and exhaustion. This is where I knew COUNTRY Financial could help. The gestures of appreciation keep first line staff morale up by reminding us of our purpose and rejuvenating our team at a time when we really need it!”

When you donate to our COVID-19 Response and Relief Fund, you’re supporting patients, families and our entire community. You’re also providing much needed safety equipment for care teams at our hospitals and clinics. These teams are working tirelessly to keep us all safe; your gifts are making that possible.

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