Causes We Care About


Extending our support to those in need

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It is very important to us to make a difference.

The team at Optimum Healthcare IT is passionate and dedicated to making a difference in the quest to cure cancer. With many viable causes in need of support, companies such as Optimum can choose from an extensive list of worthy charities. We have elected to work with these organizations to help make a difference.

  • The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation was created in 1996 in honor of Jay McGillis.  Jay was a special young man who developed leukemia while a member of Coach Coughlin’s team at Boston College. In the eight months between Jay’s diagnosis and the day he lost his battle with cancer, the Coughlin family saw first hand the physical, emotional and financial strains the illness caused the McGillis Family. After going through the tragic events with Jay’s family, Coach Coughlin vowed that if he ever had the chance, he would create a way to help families with children battling cancer.

    Coach Coughlin kept his vow and since 1996, the Jay Fund has evolved in size and scope. They have helped over 4,000 families and given away over $6 million in grants helping thousands of families in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.


    How is Optimum Involved?

    Optimum Healthcare IT is committed to the success of the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund by providing ongoing financial support, executing our Family Pantry program in partnership with Feeding Northeast Florida at Wolfson Children’s hospital, and providing us with many in-kind gifts including frequent flyer miles.

  • The Polka Dot Mama Melanoma Foundation funds research, raises awareness, & educates the community about melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer. Polka Dot Mama Melanoma Foundation, Inc.’s vision is to reduce the incidence of melanoma by raising awareness, encourage prevention with an emphasis on young adults, improve the early detection, rapid diagnosis, and effective treatment of melanoma, & invest in scientific research that ultimately will result in a cure for melanoma.

    Polka Dot Mama founder Tracy Callahan has been diagnosed with Melanoma three times in the past two years & has undergone countless biopsies & surgeries. As a result, her two young children call her the “Polka Dot Mama.” She wants to educate and inspire others by sharing her story. Melanoma has become one of the fastest growing forms of cancer in the US and worldwide.


    How is Optimum Involved?

    Optimum Healthcare IT has a personal connection with melanoma and lost one of our own two years ago to the deadly disease. We are committed to helping fight the melanoma battle in partnership with the Polka Dot Mama Foundation.  We partner with Polka Dot Mama on a variety of charity events, including the Taste for a Cure Chef’s Gala, Martinis for Melanoma, as well as virtual running events around the country.

  • Paul Newman founded the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp with one simple premise in mind: that every child, no matter their illness, could experience the transformational spirit and friendships that go hand-in-hand with a camp.  They run nine programs that serve more than 25,000 kids and family members throughout the Northeast each year.  It was Paul’s dream that Camp, with its unobtrusive expert medical care, would provide seriously ill children with a fun-filled experience defined by compassion, laughter, and acceptance.

    Research shows that 97% of parents/caregivers said Camp increased their child’s sense of possibility while hospital staff reports the most common immediate reactions to their Hospital Outreach program in child patients to be smiles, playfulness, and engagement.


    How is Optimum Involved?

    Optimum Healthcare IT supports the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp by donating our time and resources to help send 40 kids to camp.  We are committed to helping these kids receive “a different kind of healing” and give them an opportunity to “raise a little hell.”

  • The MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation promotes academic achievement and positive life skills in Jacksonville youth through the game of tennis. We use tennis to engage youth in an active and fun recreation program.  As you take a look through our site, you will find that what we offer is so much more!

    By correlating success on the court with success in life, we foster leadership, sportsmanship, self-esteem, confidence, discipline, accountability and the value of hard work, teamwork and individual effort.

    The MaliVai Youth Foundation’s  mission is to develop champions in classrooms, on tennis courts, and throughout communities. The foundation was established in 1994 by local former professional tennis player MaliVai Washington to model achievement and life skills to children living in economically depressed areas through playing tennis.


    How is Optimum Involved?

    Optimum provides corporate sponsorship for fundraising events and drives throughout the year in addition to allowing our employees time to volunteer for individual activities such as mentoring and classroom reading, etc.


Optimum Healthcare IT is committed to helping those who suffer from cancer. Through in-kind gifts, financial donations, and volunteer staff, Optimum supports foundations whose programs work to advance research and find a cure for cancer.


With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to our company, our community, and our employees. Volunteering offers vital help to people in need, worthwhile causes, and the community, but the benefits can be even greater for you, the volunteer. Volunteering can help you reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose.


We often get asked, “What’s the best way to help?” Our answer is simple: Follow our lead. The best way you can help these organizations is by visiting the websites above and educating yourself about how they help. If you feel inclined to make a financial contribution or volunteer your time, that’s great. We need to spread awareness and help where we can.

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