UA Department of Emergency Medicine faculty and residents participated in the national philanthropic campaign sponsored by the Emergency Medicine Residents Association (EMRA). The campaign encourages emergency medicine providers choose a day or multiple days throughout September to organize opportunities to give back to the community they serve.
This year, DEM residents and faculty made sandwiches for the day workers of Tucson’s Primavera Works, a day labor program that connects those who need to earn money with people or companies who need temporary help with a variety of tasks, such as janitorial work, housekeeping, construction, and landscaping.
In order to support these temporary laborers, Primavera provides them with lunches. Dr. Allie Min Simpkins organized a sack lunch assembly line. EM residents and faculty members donated money and time to gather at 6:00 a.m. to make more than 120 sack lunches. “The workers at Primavera said that these will last them for a week,” said Dr. Elaine Situ-LaCasse.