Sunday, May 7, 2017

A Convenient Way to Support IHS While Shopping This Mother's Day

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 14th:
When donors and supporters click on our organization's unique link below, they skip the process of having to search through millions of eligible charities. Instead, you will be taken directly to the special page for IHS located on smile.amazon.com and are automatically asked if you want to support Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum Inc.

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Do you have to click on the IHS charity's AmazonSmile link every time I shop?

No. Once you select our charity, IHS will receive 0.5% of the price of all your eligible smile.amazon.com purchases, regardless of whether they use your unique AmazonSmile link to return to the site. However, to make it easier for you in the future, I recommend that you bookmark to your Favorites and use this special link so you don't accidentally shop at www.amazon.com instead of smile.amazon.com.

BEWARE: Only purchases made at smile.amazon.com are eligible for donations.

What do donors and supporters do if they have already selected another charity previously  when they click on our organization's unique link?

If someone is already supporting IHS, and they click on our unique link, they will simply be taken to smile.amazon.com so they can start shopping. You do not have to re-select our charity. If however you are supporting a different charity and click on our IHS link, you will be asked if you would like to switch to support IHS instead of the previous organization.

I hope these instructions will make it easy for you to take part in this wonderful way to donate to IHS through one of the most popular e-Commerce sites on the internet.

And finally, please remember that all of us at IHS are non-paid volunteers, and we are all donating what we can to IHS personally. Also remember - for transparency we hold the "Gold Seal of Approval" from the Guidestar.org national clearing house. Please do what you can. And, if you would like to donate now to our cause, please click the button below to go to our encrypted secure on-line donation form.
 
 

Thank you so much for your ideas and invitations to expose this charity's vital mission. NEVER shy away from seeking gift-giving from others when you know it will serve the needs of the least able.

Sincerely, T. Wade Clegg III and Sam McLawhorn

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

First Check Received from the 2016 Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign


The opportunity annually for most state employees to become a donor to charities is through the state's payroll deduction program. Donor participation began in October 2016 and ended the last week of December.  Participating charities must complete the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC)  application process each year by May 5th, and hope and pray that potential donors will have received exposure to this charity's service objectives and dedicate a gift before the December deadline.


The list of state employee donors who made a gift to Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum in the 2016 campaign:   57

The first check, along with the list of 57, was received during the first week of April 2017. Since most CVC donors use payroll deductions, CVC cannot disburse some of their gifts until they receive those amounts each payroll during the year. The total amount of the gift from these 57 state donors will be $ 3,643.64.

The list of state employee donors who made a gift to Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum in the 2015 campaign: 27
  

The total amount of the gift from these 27 state donors was $ 3,593.00. As you can tell, the projection for this year, even with 30 more donors participating, is only $ 50.64 more than last year.

For employees at UVA who are already friends of the charity, growth from this important funding source can be achieved by your introduction of the charity's value for the least able patients who must come to UVA Medical Center and for those in need of immediate assistance for lodging, food, medications and other important needs. Take time to introduce other office mates to the IHS website and Google BlogSpot postings. 

Lastly, please remember that all of us at IHS are non-paid volunteers, and we are all donating what we can to IHS personally. Also remember - for transparency we hold the "Gold Seal of Approval" from the Guidestar.org national clearing house. Please do what you can. And, if you would like to donate now to our cause, please click the button below to go to our encrypted secure on-line donation form.


 
 

Thank you so much for your ideas and invitations to expose this charity's vital mission. NEVER shy away from seeking gift-giving from others when you know it will serve the needs of the least able.

Sincerely, T. Wade Clegg III and Sam McLawhorn

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Thank You ....

To all the friends of this charity for your kindness, your deeply meaningful calls, notes, e-mails and charitable gifts for the last eleven months. I can only hope that I responded adequately to each of you either individually or as a group; however, so much of the last year I tended toward isolation, except for the absolute needs  from University of Virginia (UVA) Medical Center Social Workers and  the UVA Hospitality House to secure lodging, food, prescriptions and infant car seats for the underfunded patients and their caregivers. To all of you who participated in the giving either once or several times this last year, it was and is THE GIVING that has allowed me to live with this eternal separation from my Elisheva.
 
Thank You for giving so that hundreds of people can come annually to Charlottesville, Virginia for medical treatment without adequate funds to balance their most basic needs while in a strange community, often hundreds of miles from home. I am so often shocked back into the reality of everyday family grieving when a Social Worker ends a phone conversation of a desperate situation and says, " Thank you for all that you do for us." When I place the receiver of my phone back into its place after learning of a particularly sad circumstance, I remember Elisheva's question for me in 2008 when she had witnessed a family sleeping in a car in the hospital garage and she asked,
"What are we doing with the rest of our lives?"
She already knew the answer. When she died in the UVA Hospital on April 6, 2016, almost nine years later, several thousand of the least able among us had experienced her touch ........ and I smile.

Please remember that all of us at IHS are non-paid volunteers, and we are all donating what we can to IHS personally. Also remember - for transparency we hold the "Gold Seal of Approval" from the Guidestar.org national clearing house.


Much love to All of You.
 
Love ...  T. Wade Clegg III  and for Sam McLawhorn

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Six straight years of grant support has secured needs for thousands of underfunded UVA Hospital guests and out-patients



As we entered 2017, the Bama Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band in the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (CACF) provided a grant of $5,000.00. This grant is dedicated to the Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum's (IHS) Food Program. With this grant the Bama Works Fund has contributed a total of $43,000.00 in the last six years. For this cycle the Fund was able to support all of the 72 applications received, awarding a total of $530,000.00 to organizations throughout the Charlottesville area.  The consistency of attention to this public charity and our efforts to provide for the indigent hospital guests is so well-served by this marvelous Foundation. And we say ... THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!

This Grant is impacting on two distinctive IHS Food Programs

The UVA Hospitality House (HH). The thirty (30) room facility which can lodge about sixty (60) people is the only affordable opportunity for lodging for indigent and underfunded long distance out-patients and caregivers who must come for treatment at the UVA Medical Center in Charlottesville. UVA Hospitality House does not have a budget for food and kitchen related items, and is supported through donations. Although HH receives a small grant from the Emergency Food Bank, the most consistent supplier is IHS. This annual grant has been the main reason for this charity's ability to secure a monthly fulfillment of food needs for HH guests.

The Full-day Meal Packet Program.  IHS stocks a large cabinet in the Office of Social Work in the main hospital, which allows UVA Social Workers 24/7 access to provide underfunded guests (family members, caregivers and outpatients) from long distances to have proper nourishment. The Bama Works Fund Grant has allowed IHS to purchase and fulfill the food requirements requested by the Hospitality House Supervisor and continue to grow its donor group of churches, schools, scouts, clubs, clinics, businesses and others for making full-day meal packets for Social Worker access for those guests without adequate funds for food while inside the hospital. Over the years the monthly production by these groups is from 200-300 packets, which translates into 2,400 - 3,000 packets yearly.

A Note from UVA Hospitality House Supervisor,  Mary Jackson
"Without any funds allowed in our budget for food, we are completely reliant on contributions in order to provide for our guests.  IHS has remained that dependable asset and Bama Works Fund Grant has remained a most dependable friend in order to secure IHS's reliability. To the Bama Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band in CACF Committee ... Thank you for allowing this group of volunteers the needed funds to assist in the feeding of the least able visitors to our community."

Please remember that all of us at IHS are non-paid volunteers, and we are all donating what we can to IHS personally. Also remember - for transparency we hold the "Gold Seal of Approval" from the Guidestar.org national clearing house.
 
 

Love ...  T. Wade Clegg III  and Sam McLawhorn

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Consider this Final Appeal as a Truly Worthwhile Opportunit

December 31st is the end of the year. Only 4 more days.  While many will have donated to a charitable activity before Christmas Day, some of you who are friends of IHS  may want to take advantage of this final chance to receive a charitable tax deduction to assist  the indigent and severely underfunded who must come to Charlottesville to the UVA Medical Center for treatment.
 
Remember - your donation allows us to respond 24/7 to UVA Social Workers who call for assistance with lodging, food, prescriptions, co-pays or infant car seats for the UVA Pediatric Clinics when no other agency or organization is available as that final safety net. It's your chance to do good.

Consider one of two methods for your donation.

(1) Write a check to IHS and send it by regular mail to:
IHS
P.O. Box 163
Palmyra, VA 22963

Make a copy to retain for your IRS tax filing as a charitable donation for 2016.

(2) Or donate by accessing the DONATE BUTTON at the end of this short reminder.


In closing for these final days of 2016, thank you for whatever you can do to secure our efforts to sustain these vital physical needs for the least able among us.  Please know that no one in this public charity is paid. The largest private donations of time and funding still comes from the founding members; however, it is simply not enough to sustain a growing need. If it were not so, then I promise we would not ask for your assistance.

Also remember - for transparency we hold the "Gold Seal of Approval" from the Guidestar.org national clearing house. Please do what you can. And, if you would like to donate now to our cause, please click the button below to go to our encrypted secure on-line donation form.

 
 From all of us to all of you,
T. Wade, Sam ... and remembering Elisheva
IHS Founding Members

Monday, December 19, 2016

While Considering Your Giving This Holiday ...

It's important that you know that this public charity is on duty every day and night during the holidays and accessible by all University of Virginia Social Workers for immediate temporary assistance for their long distance, underfunded and unexpected patients or family members.

Here are a few examples of why there MUST  be one resource as a final lifeline clasped-hands-sky.jpg Case #1:
Patient is in quickly diminishing status.  Patient has five children and they arrive at hospital with their aunts and are able to visit at a critical time.  Seven people with limited funds and a desperate need for a hotel room, and food for their overnight stay. The hotel is secured within ten minutes and Social Worker removes enough full-day meal packets from the Social Work cabinet for the family to take with them to the hotel. IHS was the only alternative for a family facing a dramatic situation.

Case #2:
Social Worker calls at end of day, and begins by saying,
"I'm not sure if you can help, and I am getting ahead of the possible need for a hotel room, but I have a couple who is experiencing the shock of just losing their nine year old child, and they live a long way off.I think they need to have a room alone before returning home, although they may feel a necessity to drive home and personally bring comfort to the other family members."
The hotel room was secured immediately and the front desk was told to hold the room for IHS and if the couple did not decide to stay, IHS would call and if necessary, simply pay for the room even if not occupied.  The loss of a child brings such a debilitating shock to parents there must not be a hesitation when IHS can allow for a comfort zone following a death.

Case #3:
Patient is being released in next hour, and the ECCCC (Emily Courick Clinical Cancer Center) Pharmacy closes soon. Patient needs a prescription and the family does not have insurance. Patient has not been working due to the condition, and the spouse is seeking to work two jobs to keep their finances afloat. Social Worker says,
"I haven't had time to seek to collect or secure funds for the prescription and it is needed. Can you assist?   This is not a co-pay; it is an expensive prescription and I've never asked for this much; but, I have to try to help them."
The prescription was projected as $360.00. IHS made the call and paid for the prescription in time for the patient to pick it up within the hour.

These cases are examples of why Rev. Elisheva  Clegg came home in 2008 after a long night as the volunteer chaplain at UVA Medical Center and posed an important question. She saved the tears for home. She really did ask me, "What are we doing for the rest of our lives?"  I remember playfully answering that I had a feeling that she was about to tell me. That day set in motion an opportunity for this charity, and one more lifeline was begun. That was eight years ago. As most of you know, Elisheva' died on April 6 this year in UVA Hospital. She understood pain as a daily challenge, and was involved in a series of operations as 2016 began  On April 5 before I called for an ambulance for an unexpected pain in her side, she had been listing local churches to visit to become friends of the charity, and allow her to personally speak and offer examples of how their donations were so prominent.

Please remember that all of us at IHS are non-paid volunteers, and we are all donating what we can to IHS personally. Also remember - for transparency we hold the "Gold Seal of Approval" from the Guidestar.org national clearing house. Please do what you can. And, if you would like to donate now to our cause or in memory of Elisheva during the holiday season, please click the button below to go to our encrypted secure on-line donation form.
 
 

Elisheva would be smiling about our continued responsiveness and so thankful for those who continue to remember and honor her personal devotion to this never-ending opportunity.  For her, myself and Sam, and the individuals who are constant supporters. ... Thank you as we press on into another year. 

Love ...  T. Wade Clegg III  and Sam McLawhorn

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Tabletop Display last Friday in UVA Medical Center's Main Lobby

Attention Charlottesville UVA Health System Employees
The Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) is in full swing.  IHS is the totally independent, All-volunteer, non-religious, 501(c)3 public charity  invited to highlight and raise awareness for healthcare workers this past Friday, November 11, 2016, from 2:30 - 4:30 PM in the Dining Conference Room which is located near the information desk in the main lobby.  Simply check with the Information desk to point out the exact location.

That rare opportunity annually for IHS to say Hello to Hospital Staff!

Since June 2009 Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum (IHS) has been serving indigent and underfunded UVA  patients and their caregivers  who must travel considerable distances for treatment at the UVA Medical Center. IHS is that silent charity on call 24/7  which is dedicated and accessed by the Hospital's entire Social Work staff when no other agency, clinic, charity or resource is available to provide immediate temporary assistance. Because of IHS's  immediate access, Social Workers have been able to provide  the least able with immediate lodging, food, co-pays, and other must-have requirements to balance their ability to sustain themselves immediately upon arrival.  ALL infant car seats for underfunded parents who must obtain a new car seat prior to release of their infants from Pediatric Clinics at the Medical Center have been provided by this charity for the last five years.

Serving hundreds annually with lodging assistance and thousands with food ...

There is NEVER a charge for assistance when IHS is called by a Social Worker for assistance. Those who are provided lodging do not know who is assisting them with payment for a room in UVA Hospitality House or as needed a commercial hotel room.  They only know that their Social Worker contact has reached out to a resource and secured their need. The same is true when an underfunded out-patient and family member does not have adequate funds for food, and the Social Work staff will take a "full-day meal packet" from the Social Work Office in the main hospital.  IHS provides from 150-300 meal packets monthly, as  needed.

Your giving through CVC annually will keep this vital partnership active. The CVC Code for Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum (IHS) is 3648.    Thank you!

Please remember that all of us at IHS are non-paid volunteers, and we are all donating what we can to IHS personally. Also remember - for transparency we hold the "Gold Seal of Approval" from the Guidestar.org national clearing house. Please do what you can. And, if you would like to donate now to our cause, please click the button below to go to our encrypted secure on-line donation form.
 
 

Thank you so much for your ideas and invitations to expose this charity's vital mission. NEVER shy away from seeking gift-giving from others when you know it will serve the needs of the least able.

Sincerely, T. Wade Clegg III and Sam McLawhorn