Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Please Consider this Final Appeal as a Truly Worthwhile Opportunity

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, co-pays or an infant car seat 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 2015.

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

In closing for these final days of 2015, 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.

 DonateNow
 From all of us to all of you,
T. Wade, Elisheva & Sam ... IHS Founding Members

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

A Little Bit of Hope for the Least Able is Within Your Reach ....

There are so many stories which could be told, but for the sake of privacy they simply must be vague as to time, place of origin , and circumstance. Such is the matter which follows:

Late December afternoon call from a Social Worker asking if there was possibly some assistance available for a couple from northern Virginia who had just arrived in a taxi. Not a medical taxi, but a commercial cab!  It was not a cheap ride, but the couple learned that a specialist would see them, so that was their only objective.

I learned that the couple was only recently settled into their location. They were arrivals from Africa,  and desperate for attention to a particular medical problem. When the option for the appointment arose at the UVA Medical Center, they flagged a cab.
 
The Social Worker said that she did not know what else to tell me, except that they are here and will be seen. They speak very little English, and communication is limited, but we will work around that.  However, as she noted, "The taxi ride left them broke. UVA Hospitality House fortunately has a room for two nights. I know you provide food to Hospitality House so that is covered. Can you cover their lodging  for two nights? I can get them home day after tomorrow."

Our answer was YES... send them over.  Some situations don't need a lot of explanation.

Such last minute situations occur weekly, sometimes several times, different emergencies but always desperate people just moving with the flow in order to secure treatment wherever it can be rendered.  This charity's devotion to the UVA Hospital's Social Work staff for just such situations is only possible when a friend of the charity remembers that we are ready to respond 24/7 and sends a donation to allow this service to be sustained.
 
Thanks to all of you who have brought so much relief to these guests in desperate times.

Your donation keeps us in rapid response mode!

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.

 DonateNow
 Much love from all of us
T. Wade, Elisheva & Sam ... IHS Founding Members

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

IHS 2015 Winter On-Line Auction Has Begun ... Check It Out Now!

This public charity's first on-line auction experiment for raising funds to support indigent patients and families who must come for treatment at the University of Virginia (UVA) Medical Center will be active for another two weeks.

Most donations for your review are original quality paintings which would provide wonderful d├ęcor for office or home.
 
Your participation can secure needed funding for lodging, especially when severely underfunded outpatients and their caregivers must travel hundreds of miles for a critical diagnosis, and then are required to stay for extra evaluations over a period of days.  Their inability to handle such costs is where this charity has made such a difference over the last seven years.

Remember - when you bid and obtain one of the quality items or services presently listed on-line, you've secured a patient who could not stay without this vital assistance with lodging. It is indeed a life-giving opportunity through your investment.
 
You'll find present items and services at the following link:

Your donation keeps us in rapid response mode!

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.

  DonateNow
 A Sincere Appeal ...T. Wade, Elisheva & Sam
                               IHS Founding Officers 

Monday, November 30, 2015

Filling the Gap has Life-Saving Consequences at UVA Medical Center

One charity cannot secure all of the unmet needs at a large medical center, nor can one auction raise enough funds for long-range security of a program for the severely underfunded patients who must come to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville; however, one charity is making that effort, and the upcoming auction with your participation can go a long way for taking the program forward for another year.

Before retiring as one of the most respected and long-serving Social Workers of the UVA Health System, Kenneth L. Cady served for 26 years at this revered Hospital. Before retiring in September 2015, Ken wrote this letter to Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum (IHS), the totally independent, non-religious, no stock, nonprofit, All-volunteer, 501(c)3, on call 24/7  public charity,  dedicated to the indigent and underfunded patients and caregivers who must come for their treatment from long distances for treatment. His comments regarding the "gap" deserve attention, for the consequences of allowing a single gap to widen can be disastrous.
 
  A Special Message from Kenneth L. Cady
"There are few non-profit charities, that I can think of, who are as caring and responsive as the Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum (IHS) has been and continues to be to the UVA Health System patients and families. The UVA Health System is dedicated to patient care in providing the best available health care possible to all Virginians, and to those from out of state who choose to come here; however, there is a gap that needs to be bridged for our low-income and indigent patients. That gap has to do with patients who need care but cannot get to Charlottesville, or once here, need assistance, many times on very short notice. IHS fills this gap with services such as helping pay for medications, medication co-pays, lodging, transportation and food assistance. That has been extended for several years by providing indigent families through Pediatric Clinics with new infant car seats, and supplemental equipment for the care of the Mother and baby.

My coverage area at Fontaine Research Park Clinics has been from rural and small-town Virginia. Patients come from 250-300 miles away, even for primary care services. Many patients are low-income or no income. IHS assistance just with lodging and transportation is significant. I have called IHS for assistance during the day, after normal working hours, during the evening when I worked in UVA Emergency Department. They make themselves available.
There is no other charity like it in this area, or in Virginia that I know of. The IHS remain anonymous to most of our patients, which they prefer, as they prefer to work exclusively through UVA Health System Social Workers. That's how unique their services are. They are careful with their funds; they ask good questions first when solicited by Social Workers, and I can attest to that. They do not like to turn requests away, which I find amazing, but they can also come up with good ideas that perhaps does not result in use of their own funds. They are there when you need them for our patients and families. My main wish is that they can stay funded so they can remain a crucial and vital component of the UVA Health System Care Team. As a Social Worker, I cannot thank them enough."
Your donation keeps us in rapid response mode!

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.

 DonateNow
 A Sincere Appeal ...T. Wade, Elisheva & Sam
                               IHS Founding Officers 

SPECIAL NOTICE for UVA Medical and University staff, and all other Virginia Commonwealth State Employees. The Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) 2015-2016 begins October 1st through December 31, 2015.  Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum, Inc. (IHS) is a CVC charity.  To support our work for lodging, food programs, prescriptions & co-pays, pediatric support with infant car seats and clothing, etc. , designate your gift to CVC code 3648..

Monday, November 23, 2015

IHS Holiday On-Line Auction Begins

The Winter 2015 IHS Auction for Compassion & Hope with Love Opens for Bids on November 27, 2015

Yes - this is a big deal for fundraising which HELPS SAVE LIVES!  Your participation with placement of an item or activity in our first-time on-line auction, and further participation with bidding, quite literally have a dramatic impact on so many.

Did you read previously the actual quotes from a University of Virginia  Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center Social Worker?  Although tailored, these thoughts resonate so loudly. Please take this into your heart and allow it to simmer over this Thanksgiving:
"The Cancer Center serves a wide variety of patients who travel great distances to receive care they couldn't otherwise access. Their treatment often involves 6-7 weeks of daily radiation therapy in combination with weekly chemotherapy. Our patients are typically exhausted, overwhelmed, and fearful of their course. Many of these patients face severe economic and financial distress as a result of their cancer diagnosis. They use every means possible to get to Charlottesville and then learn that they will need to pay for lodging, meals and gas, during their treatment.

Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum (IHS) has helped alleviate this burden by assisting with  lodging and supplying essential food items for unexpected and unplanned events. To say that IHS helps "save lives"  is an understatement. They have added quality, dignity, and hope to the lives of MANY of our patients and their family members.

IHS truly makes a difference  every day. They provide an opportunity and financial means for our patients to succeed in treatment through delivery of specific concrete services. IHS is vital to our Cancer team particularly as we struggle to meet the growing needs of our patient population with few resources."
You  can still donate an item as the actual auction begins.

Here is the link for registering items to be donated:
https://ihs.betterworldcollective.com/auction/items/donate

Your donation keeps us in rapid response mode!

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.

 DonateNow
 A Sincere Appeal ...T. Wade, Elisheva & Sam
 IHS Founding Officers 

Monday, November 16, 2015

A Reminder for UVA Medical Center Employees located in the Main Hospital

November 17, 2015 (Tuesday) -   IHS is one of two local charities featured tomorrow  with a table top display in the UVA Medical Center during the  Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC). The IHS display will take place from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM in the hallway adjacent to the Hospital cafeteria. Drop by and say hello to those core volunteers who maintain a 24/7 availability for Social Staff.

Remember:


A significant part of funds to sustain temporary lodging, food, co-pays and prescriptions for indigent and severely underfunded patients and their caregivers, who must come to Charlottesville for treatment, depends on UVA staff donations through the CVC  program.


The CVC code for Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum (IHS) is 3648.

See you tomorrow !

SPECIAL NOTICE for UVA Medical and University staff, and all other Virginia Commonwealth State Employees. The Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) 2015-2016 begins October 1st.  Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum, Inc. (IHS) is a CVC charity.  To support our work for lodging, food programs, prescriptions & co-pays, pediatric support with infant car seats and clothing, etc. , designate your gift to CVC code 3648..

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Another Wonderful Opportunity for Support: IHS On-Line Auction

This announcement is solely offered to stimulate thought for participating in our first ever auction to enhance fundraising for this vital charity which serves the indigent and underfunded patients and caregivers who must come to the University of Virginia (UVA)  Medical Center in Charlottesville for treatment.
 

Start now! 
  Think of an item which you own, or which you can provide, for placement into the first Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum (IHS) auction. This could be paintings, other art items or collectibles;  gift ideas such as a night out in a wonderful restaurant for a family; perhaps a 2-day stay at a nice hotel or resort or B&B for a couple;  perhaps a gift certificate for a vast array of things!

Think of something which you would enjoy:  Perhaps a gift of a pair of concert tickets to a popular play or musical event. As I said, the possibilities are numerous!

There are really two opportunities to participate: 
  1. By donating an item to auction
  2. By bidding for items when the auction begins. 

The link which follows will describe how to become involved.  Remember - every penny earned from the sale of an item will allow IHS to meet its obligations for temporary support for the least able who MUST travel to Charlottesville for medical care. No one at this charity is paid. Everyone is a volunteer,
AND WE ARE ALL DONATING ITEMS FOR THIS AUCTION.  If you have a question, read the linked website or send an e-mail and we will seek to clarify.

Here is the link for registering items to be donated:
https://ihs.betterworldcollective.com/auction/items/donate

Another announcement will  be forthcoming in a week: 
Continue to review how YOU can participate. Also,  use that "forward e-mail" below to friends and/or businesses to secure more interest in this opportunity for fundraising to secure the last lifeline for so many patients and family members who come to UVA Medical Center from great distances. Those without means for temporary lodging, food, travel, prescriptions and co-pays, and assistance with pediatric assistance depend on this charity.  NOT EVERYONE WILL MAKE THAT VITAL TRIP FOR A FIRST DIAGNOSIS,   IF THEY CAN NOT FEEL SECURE THAT A PLACE TO SLEEP AND  SOMETHING TO EAT IS AVAILABLE TO THEM.  Underfunded families sleeping in their cars with little to eat is simply not acceptable. IHS is seeking to secure these families.

Your donation keeps us in rapid response mode!

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.

 DonateNow
 A Sincere Appeal ...T. Wade, Elisheva & Sam
 IHS Founding Officers 

SPECIAL NOTICE for UVA Medical and University staff, and all other Virginia Commonwealth State Employees. The Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) 2015-2016 begins October 1st.  Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum, Inc. (IHS) is a CVC charity.  To support our work for lodging, food programs, prescriptions & co-pays, pediatric support with infant car seats and clothing, etc. , designate your gift to CVC code 3648..

Monday, November 2, 2015

Five Years of Experience - A Social Worker Makes Her Case for IHS

  Let's establish the mission for this highly qualified charity which is so very responsive to the entire Social Work staff at the University of Virginia (UVA) Medical Center in Charlottesville. Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum (IHS) is a totally independent, non-religious, ALL volunteer, no stock, nonprofit, 501(c)3, public charity, which was originated to meet the unmet needs for the indigent and severely underfunded patients and caregivers who must come to UVA Medical Center from considerable distances. Perhaps the word "responsive" takes on a whole new meaning when you realize that this charity's volunteers have been on call to UVA Social Workers 24/7 for almost seven years.
 
A Letter of Support from Sheila Ahmadi, Clinical Social Worker, UVA Women's Health Clinic
"I've been working with IHS for the past five (5) years. They have provided pharmacy co-pay assistance,  infant clothing and infant car seats,  in addition to lodging and food. IHS is always willing to problem solve other needs with social workers which patients and families have, in order to work out favorable outcomes.

As an example, IHS in 2014 provided 82 infant car seats for children to travel home in a safe secure environment. These car seats continue to trend upward from three years ago when the Hospital request was for thirty (30). The full-day meal packet program has been instrumental in providing annually between 2,500 - 3,000 individual meal packets which includes food items for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The volunteers who assemble the packets also include touching affirmation notes that personalize these packets.

IHS is very unique in the range of services it provides. I personally know that many health care facilities do not have this type of support and would welcome just one-third of this level of support.

In conclusion I fully support the work of Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum (IHS) in seeking funding support to deliver needed assistance to our patients and families.
Sincerely ...  Sheila Ahmadi

Your donation keeps us in rapid response mode!

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.

 DonateNow
 A Sincere Appeal ...T. Wade, Elisheva & Sam
                               IHS Founding Officers 

SPECIAL NOTICE for UVA Medical and University staff, and all other Virginia Commonwealth State Employees. The Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) 2015-2016 begins October 1st.  Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum, Inc. (IHS) is a CVC charity.  To support our work for lodging, food programs, prescriptions & co-pays, pediatric support with infant car seats and clothing, etc. , designate your gift to CVC code 3648..

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A Full Page of Positive Opportunity in Local Newspaper is Delightful


The Fluvanna Review weekly issue for October 22-28, 2015 has a feature entitled "Fluvanna Faces," which allows local residents to learn some rather in depth information about their neighbors.  This issue features our responses to a series of questions. We had no idea that the entire copy which was provided to writer Christina Dimeo Guseman, the newspaper's correspondent, would be used without any editing for size. This is a real treat for sharing.

The Reverends Clegg - T. Wade & ElishevaI communicated with Christina and asked if the Fluvanna Review has an on-line link in order to send the article along to all of our friends, many of whom do not live anywhere near Fluvanna County, Virginia.  Sure enough, the newspaper offers such an opportunity. The link is

So - if you have a chance to pull up a chair at the kitchen table, please do so, and read one of those rare features which allows a family to share some of our adventure in life. For some of you a cup of coffee will be needed to keep you awake. For others it's like reading a personal letter from old friends.

Thanks to Christina Guseman for providing a full page of print for this family to express our pleasure with being contributing members to our community in Central Virginia.

Sincerely ....  The Cleggs


Your donation keeps us in rapid response mode!

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.

 DonateNow
 A Sincere Appeal ...T. Wade, Elisheva & Sam
                               IHS Founding Officers 

Friday, October 16, 2015

A First-Hand Account from Someone Who Knows IHS Well



There is only one totally independent, nonprofit, non-religious, no stock, All volunteer, 501(c)3, public charity which maintains a 24/7 response with The University of Virginia Medical Center Social Workers to assist with meeting immediate unmet needs of long distance indigent and underfunded patients and caregivers when no other opportunities exist. The following letter is one of several letters from a UVA Clinic which was received in the last few months to acknowledge the work of Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum (IHS), now in its 7th year of serving the least able among us through the UVA Medical Center Office of Social Work.
"As a Clinical Social Worker at the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center, I have witnessed the many ways this organization has directly impacted the lives of our patients and their families.

The ECCCC serves a wide variety of patients who travel great distances to receive care they couldn't otherwise access. Their treatment often involves 6-7 weeks of daily radiation therapy in combination with weekly chemotherapy. Our patients are typically exhausted, overwhelmed, and fearful of their course. Many of these patients face severe economic and financial distress as a result of their cancer diagnosis. They use every means possible to get to Charlottesville and then learn that they will need to pay for lodging, meals, and gas during their treatment.

Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum (IHS) has helped alleviate this burden by assisting with our local UVA Hospitality House lodging co-pays and supplying essential food items for unexpected and unplanned events. To say that IHS helps "save lives"  is an understatement. They have added quality, dignity, and hope to the lives of MANY of our patients and their family members. Their meal packets include nutritional products wrapped in a message of faith and support. This gesture not only connects our healthcare team to the community, but allows our patients to feel valued at the highest level.

IHS truly makes a difference in the lives of our patients every day. They provide an opportunity and financial means for our patients to succeed in treatment through delivery of specific concrete services such as lodging and food. IHS is vital to our Cancer team particularly as we struggle to meet the growing needs of our patient population with few resources.

Allow me to thank you for your wonderful organization."
Sincerely,
Paula Capobianco, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker
UVA Health System/Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center

Your donation keeps us in rapid response mode!

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.

 DonateNow
 A Sincere Appeal ...T. Wade, Elisheva & Sam
                               IHS Founding Officers 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Just in Case You Didn't Know ... and It Hasn't Been Said in a While

The last time I checked the Social Work roster at UVA Medical Center, there were sixty-one (61)
inpatient and outpatient Social Workers diligently working to assist patients and their families with problem-solving. The range of intimate involvement with patients is truly broad, and it is not necessarily isolated to a patient's case file after entry into the Hospital, or after check-out.
Sometimes it is worth repeating why this totally independent public charity was formed
As a volunteer mostly overnight Chaplain at UVA Medical Center from 2006 - 2009, Rev. Elisheva Clegg quickly recognized that treatment for all-comers was of the highest quality; however, among the indigent and underfunded patients there were stressful challenges, especially for those who were forced to travel extremely long distances to this state discount hospital for their care. Very few within this giant teaching hospital, except those Social Workers assigned to handle individual cases, were confronted with the knowledge that their severely underfunded patients with critical situations must worry not only with their life-threatening condition, but also how to pay for transport to and from Charlottesville; where to secure lodging until the appointment/follow-up after lab work for a few days; where to affordably eat while in town; and how to afford a co-payment if a prescription is needed. Those are the main worries, but certainly not all.
The decision to make a difference was made and supported by the Manager of Social Work
Chaplain Elisheva witnessed the dilemma facing Social Workers, who were often desperate to secure these particular patients, when no hospital agency or charity was available for immediate temporary assistance. Along with her husband and a close friend, working solely as volunteers, the charity was formed in 2008 and received IRS status in 2009. Beginning with the objective of making sure that no more children would be burdened with sleeping in cars with a hungry family, lodging became the first priority. Since then, other categories evolved which needed immediate attention. They were the development of a meal packet program for access by all Social Workers, assistance with food in UVA Hospitality House, late night and emergency need for prescriptions and/or co-pays, periodic bus tickets in town and long distance, and four years ago the need for infant car seats for indigent parents who could not leave the hospital without this safety device for all infants. Of unique importance was the fact that the charity, known as Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum (or IHS) operates 24/7 to answer Social Work inquiries. No one is charged for these services, and no staff member is paid. The charity is dependent on private donations, and a few grants for specific needs.
Many of you who follow the e-mails and/or blog postings over the years know the stories
There are many, and they tend to be repeated monthly. Different days, different people.
Early on ...there was the young mother whose husband was in critical care with broken hips from a fall at a construction site. She was with an infant and small boy, sleeping in the Hospital garage until a Social Worker learned of the situation and asked Chaplain Clegg to see if she could locate lodging for them. They were placed in a hotel personally before the charity was formed.
There were and are constant caregivers in waiting rooms, and especially the ER waiting room, sometimes elderly who were there for days who had not eaten simply because they could not afford to continue eating in the cafeteria. With the beginning of the full-day meal packet program a Social Worker could call aside someone and ask if they needed something to eat.
There were and are late released patients, sometimes nursing injuries, with no one to take them home for great distances and nowhere to sleep except in a chair in the Emergency Room area. A night was provided in a hotel for such cases. This allowed for arrangements the next day for someone to arrive and take the patient home.
There were and are patients who needed immediate medications following release, and the charity paid by phone and the Social Worker would call ahead to a pharmacy and confirm the need. Many patients simply do not have three dollars for a co-pay and would have by-passed a necessary medication without IHS assistance.
Thanks for your quick review and why we remain committed to this charity. The least able among us don't require much on most occasions ... but when they do ... that need is NOW.
Your donation keeps us in rapid response mode!

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.

 DonateNow

 A Sincere Appeal ...T. Wade, Elisheva & Sam
                                                             IHS Founding Officers 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Thanks to Fluvanna County Rotary Club

Breakfast Meeting at Lake Monticello

This wonderful fellowship of men and women gather for a breakfast meeting each Wednesday at 7:30 AM at the Lake Monticello Community Clubhouse, located just off route 616 in northwestern Fluvanna County, Virginia. On June 3rd, Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum (IHS) was asked to acquaint the membership with the humanitarian work we are providing for the underfunded patients and caregivers who must come to the UVA Medical Center in Charlottesville for treatment.  Elisheva Clegg, Vice President of IHS,  showed a short video of the many activities of IHS, which was followed by many questions by Club members.

An Enthusiastic Group of community-minded individuals encourages your contact

A Special thanks to Rudy Garcia, President of the Fluvanna County Rotary Club; Club Programs Chairman Eric Hess; and to member Debra Kurre, who encouraged our participation for the breakfast meeting.  And thanks to the generous donation by club members following the meeting.

The Fluvanna County Rotary Club is having a significant effect on the quality of life in the Fluvanna community. Take a moment and read their website at http://www.fluvannarotary.org. Visit  the "contact us" page on the website. An Officer of the Club will call you with an invitation to attend one of their meetings.  

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.

 

A Sincere Appeal ...T. Wade, Elisheva & Sam
                                                             IHS Founding Officers 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

May 2015 Support Provided Big Boost!

Special thanks again to J&E Berkley Foundation of Crozet, Virginia

On May 5 at a meeting of the Foundation, Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum (IHS) was awarded a grant of $5,000.  The grant is dedicated to the following categories of indigent and underfunded patient and caregiver support by the charity, namely for lodging, prescriptions and pediatric items, such as infant car seats.

IHS is indeed appreciative of the consistent support shown by J&E Berkley Foundation and its Executive Director, Chris Pasmore.  Thank you!

Special Offering from Martin Luther King Day Celebration arrived in May

IHS was invited to receive the 2015 offering which was collected by the congregation at the 30th Annual ML King Day Celebration at the Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church in Charlottesville, Virginia back on January 18, 2015.  A check for $1,750 arrived on May 11th
.
IHS was recognized for exceptional community service, and Rev. Elisheva Clegg, Vice President of the charity, addressed the gathering.
 
Distribution from Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) began in April

The CVC is not known to all friends of the charity, especially beyond the UVA Medical Center; however, CVC is the payroll deduction program for the Commonwealth of Virginia employees. The University of Virginia Medical Center is a state hospital, and state worker support is vital to the future for funding this totally independent nonprofit 501(c)3 public charity, which is devoted to the indigent and underfunded patients and caregivers for immediate temporary needs when no other resource is available to UVA Social Worker staff.

Although all identified contributors to the program received direct thank you notes in May, a general description has not been provided to other friends to date. Please know that a total of fifty (50) donors have pledged $3,537.52 to be distributed to this charity over the next eight months for the 2014/2015 campaign.  The initial check deposited in May was $1,273.78. For those who did not wish to be identified as a contributor, this charity is gratified by all hospital employee support for 2015.  

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.

 

A Sincere Appeal ...T. Wade, Elisheva & Sam
                                                             IHS Founding Officers 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Attention University of Virginia Health System Employees ... It's National Volunteer Week!

IHS will be present for the Employee Volunteer Fair on Tuesday, April 14,, 2015 from 11 AM - 1 PM.   Location:   UVA Hospital Dining Conference Rooms, found on the first floor behind the Information Desk and beside the West Elevators.  Share this with friends throughout the Hospital. Exposure of this silent public charity's role in support of the underfunded and indigent patients and caregivers through the UVA Medical Center's Office of Social Work is vital for meeting unmet needs.

A Note from Robert C. Larsen Strategic Relations and Marketing, UVA Health System
"We are inviting five charities/associations/foundations in the community that depend upon volunteers to deliver their mission. The focus is on volunteer of time and talent.

National Volunteer Week April 12 - 18th and the UVA Health System will be featuring several employees as examples by what they do for our community and beyond our four walls.  Given the caring nature of the employees, a volunteer exhibit on Tuesday, April 14th and I5th will have 16 local non-profits who can use additional volunteers in meeting their mission.  Each will be attending for a two hour time period over the two days and a schedule of which charity and their hours will be posted on the UVA Connect intranet for employees as well as noted in a Helpdesk message leading up to and the two days of the exhibits.  A table for literature for volunteering from each non-profit will be available both days in case you're unable to attend.

Since you're the first charity to secure a time slot on April 14th, please know that the 11 AM - 1 PM covers the lunch time and second, if we don't fill the next time slot and you wish to stay we could accommodate that quite well.  We are doing the advance publicity and signage at the door. This space is used very heavily for events of this type so that's in our favor.

This is the first time we've done a volunteer opportunity fair so attendance is questionable. It could take two or three times for this to be successful.  Part of the success will be employees commenting on how they would like to see this repeated. Nothing says it has to be only this one week a year so we could perhaps look at another round in September prior to the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) kick-off in early October.   Bob"
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Friday, January 30, 2015

Four Straight Years of Grant Support has secured food needs for thousands of underfunded UVA Hospital Guests and Out-patients

As we entered 2015, the Bama Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band in the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (CACF) provided a Grant of $6,000.00. This grant is solely dedicated to our Food Program. With this grant the Fund has contributed a total of $34,000.00 in the last four years.  Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum (IHS) is just one of fifty-four (54) Organizations in Central Virginia area receiving $354,300.00 in grant awards as this New Year begins. 

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 unfunded 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. And this specific grant has been the main reason for this charity's ability to secure a monthly fulfillment of 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 with proper nourishment. Presently, from 250-300 full-day meal packets are delivered monthly. This translates in an active use year to 3,000 packets, or approximately $19,500.00. The program is mostly a community effort, whereby churches, schools, clubs, scouts, day-care centers, businesses, hospital clinics and families buy and assemble packets and deliver to IHS volunteers to keep the cabinet full year-round.  When participation is reduced in summer and holidays, the Bama Works Fund is accessed to purchase supplies for maintaining consistent delivery to the Office of Social Work.

A Special Letter from Mary Jackson, Supervisor, UVA Hospitality House
"IHS support is crucial to Hospitality House. The other sources of food for our guests do not come close to meeting our needs. Your supplies are in such contrast to the contents of other donations, especially food like fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy products, cereals, and eggs - the kinds of foods that really help a high percentage of our indigent guests. Your personal attention to purchasing food as needed, and with delivery of items this past year from Whole Foods and Hot Cakes Restaurant was an added bonus for guests. The absence of budgeted funds for food leaves us totally reliant on contributions to help the increasing number of guests, more and more of whom stay in excess of six weeks. I could go on with proof of your importance, but let me repeat that what you do is absolutely vital to the well-being of our guests."
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.

Sincerely ... ALL of IHS, the UVA Social Staff and UVA Hospitality House Staff


Friday, January 16, 2015

IHS to Receive The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration Beneficiary Award

Martin Luther King Jr., 30th Annual Community Celebration will be held this Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 5:00pm at Mt. Zion African Baptist Church
105 Lankford Avenue, Charlottesville, VA  

The 30th Community Celebration of Charlottesville has announced that its 2015 annual community beneficiary award recipient is the Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum. The celebration beneficiary committee selects and awards a local non-profit community service group or organization the proceeds from the celebration offering. The size of the award depends upon the size of the offering.                                

IHS is a totally independent, non-profit, non-religious, ALL volunteer, no stock, 501(c)3, public charity which was formed initially to serve indigent and underfunded long distance patients who must come to UVA Medical Center for treatment. The charity works closely with the Hospital Social Work staff which determines eligibility for assistance, especially for temporary lodging and food and has maintained a silent role as a 24/7 provider for meeting immediate physical needs as requested by a Social Worker at all hours every day since June 2009.

Rev. Elisheva Clegg, Vice President and a Founding Member of Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum will speak to the gathering this Sunday, and express appreciation for the committee's expression of faith in the charity's efforts on behalf of serving the least able among us. The IHS slogan from day one of its formulation reflects the outreach which was in Dr. King's message. That message is
"You don't have to know someone to be a friend."
The Celebration committee will also announce at the gathering the 2015 recipient for The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Award which goes to a resident of the greater Charlottesville area who has demonstrated Dr. King's commitment to civil rights and to improving understanding between peoples of different races and ethnic backgrounds.

The keynote speakers for this 30th anniversary will be two pastors who have been very active in the community for many years. Rev. LaVert Taylor, previously of First Baptist Church - Main Street, and Rev. Wayne Arneson, previously of Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church - both of Charlottesville.

The Community Welcome will be provided by Rabbi Daniel Alexander, Senior Rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel. The Statement of Purpose will be offered by Dr. Teresa Sullivan, President, The University of Virginia.  The MLK Community Choir will provide spirited music for the occasion under the direction of Mr. Jonathan Spivey.

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Still a Productive Year for this Silent Charity

Today is December 31, 2014 ... and I received 138 e-mails reminding me that the deadline for providing a donation for tax deductible contributions is tonight.  I would so like to have the personal funds to contribute to so many worthy causes, but just as you, I have limitations. But - I am reminded by the quantity of requests of the devotion of so many who are seeking to make a difference for the least able among us. My suggestion is to read about the efforts of these charities, do your research, and feel confident that your dimes or dollars are making an impact.

We are not going anywhere after Midnight

We will be on standby 24/7 for Social Workers at UVA Medical Center for the underfunded and indigent patients and caregivers for some very specific needs when no other resource is available.  This morning at 3 AM I received a call from ER  that a patient was released and sitting in the lobby, very tired, nowhere to lie down, and her ride home to the Virginia coast would not arrive until early afternoon. The ER Social Worker, having explored possible placement into UVA Hospitality House without luck, simply asked,
"Can you allow her a place to rest for the remainder of the morning until she can leave town. It's been a long day for her. She simply can't afford a room."
Within 5 minutes, she had a room and access to a meal packet. A taxi took her to the hotel.

The ability to react so quickly and positively is because of donors who read these e-mails.

So - on behalf of the volunteers who have supported this non-paid ALL volunteer charity, THANK YOU so much for allowing this patient a place to rest, and a full day meal packet to sustain her until her arrival back at home. THANK YOU for allowing us to go to a most helpful
Walmart and pick up eleven (11) infant car seats just yesterday for re-stocking the UVA Pediatric Clinics when called.  Oh... they did JUST call and say that
"We have babies from  underfunded families who  need a car seat  to get home this week. Can you assist us?"
The answer will continue to be ...  YES!

In the weeks ahead I will seek to summarize those generous groups who have responded in the last two months to our calls for support with the food program.  Most individual donors who sent  funds for lodging, food, prescriptions, travel and pediatric needs do not wish to have their names mentioned, but we are so appreciative of  your generosity.  So much good was accomplished because of ALL of you in 2014.  NOW  (as we used to say in the 60's), THE  BEAT GOES ON!

You can make your end of year contribution which is tax deductible until midnight tonight by clicking our DONATE BUTTON below, and remember your information to PayPal is completely secure, confidential and encrypted using all the newest technologies available:

Sincerely ...T. Wade & Elisheva Clegg and Sam McLawhorn -  
Founding Members IHS