Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A Special Night for Several Fluvanna Charities

A Note from Rudy Garcia, District Giving Chair, Rotary Club of Fluvanna County


IHS received an e-mail on May 31, 2017 from Mr. Garcia, immediate Past President Rotary Club Fluvanna County 2014-2016. IHS was one of several Fluvanna charities to receive the notice.

"Hello Friends and Congratulations!

The Rotary Foundation of Fluvanna County met in March and approved a monetary grant for each of your organizations. We would like you to be our guest at a special meeting where we will present you with your grant check and give you an opportunity to talk about your organization. The Foundation Grant Award presentation will be June 20th at 6 PM at our Club meeting, at Lake Monticello Firehouse at 10 Slice Road, Palmyra, Virginia 22963.

 Kind regards... Rudy"

And, as always, 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.
   
 T. Wade Clegg III & Sam McLawhorn
                                                     IHS Founding Officers 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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

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



On May 2 at a meeting of the Foundation, Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum (IHS) was considered for a Spring Grant to assist with immediate support of the charity's Lodging Program for underfunded long distance out-patients and caregivers.   In addition, the Grant can also be used to support this charity's emergency prescription program  and pediatric support program for purchase of infant car seats for parents in need of that vital safety item who simply find themselves without funds at time of release from UVA Hospital.

The Spring Grant from J & E Berkley Foundation of Crozet, Virginia in 2017 is $6,000.00.  IHS is so appreciative of the consistent consideration annually by the Foundation and its Executive Director, Chris Pasmore.

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.
 
 
 
T. Wade Clegg III & Sam McLawhorn
                                      IHS Founding Officers 

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