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Sisters Health Foundation gives to COVID-19 relief

PARKERSBURG — A local program offering aid for those adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic has received another major contribution.

The Sisters Health Foundation has contributed $25,000 to the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund of the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley.

The fund aids agencies respond to community needs related to the pandemic. The fund was established early during the pandemic response, which caused the closure of numerous businesses particularly restaurants, bars, barber shops and other related salons, to enable a joint response to priority needs across the region.

United Way Alliance will make a one-to-one match to the contribution from Sisters Health.

The funding will be used for food access and distribution, needs of the senior population, mental health and addiction related needs and health care infrastructure needs. Special priority will be given to fund supportive services for the homeless community in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.

“The United Way has a great pulse for timely community needs and we are pleased to be able to leverage our funds together,” Renee Steffen, Sisters Health Foundation executive director, said. “People who are homeless are vulnerable now more than ever due to COVID-19 so it was important to us to help meet these needs through this valued partnership.”

To date, through the dollar-for-dollar match, funds have been used for:

* A shower and hygiene facility at the Salvation Army of Parkersburg for the unsheltered.

* Motel expenses so the unsheltered will have a place in the event they must quarantine.

* The House to Home for food and related supplies.

* Purchases of personal protection equipment, thermometers for screening teams and towels and hygiene items.

The United Way’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund supports the basic and emergency needs of the community, according to Executive Director Stacy DeCicco. It provides immediate support in vital areas and midrange recovery support as agency’s move into sustainable response phases.

Contributions can be made to the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund online at www.uwamov.com/give, texting MOVResponse to 40403 or by mailing a check payable to UWAMOV to 935 Market St, Parkersburg WV 26101.

“We are so fortunate to have the support of long-term donors and champions who are enabling our response amidst this crisis,” DeCicco said. “Having relationships with other foundations, as we do with SHF enables us to deliver impact in efficient and targeted ways.”

Time is critical in the strategic deployment of resources, according to DeCicco.

“Partnerships like this help us to maximize the potential of both organizations,” she said.

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