|Beginning each October - November, the UVA Medical Center Health System Employees will be reminded of an important state program to facilitate giving over the following year.
The Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) offers that annual opportunity for state employees to participate in the payroll deduction program which supports a variety of eligible non-profits who serve Virginians.
Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum (IHS) has been serving indigent and underfunded UVA patients and their caregivers since 2009 and has been listed with CVC for the last eight years. 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 are able to provide the least able with immediate lodging, food packets, co-pays, and other must-have requirements to balance their ability to sustain themselves immediately upon arrival in Charlottesville.
IHS serves hundreds annually with lodging assistance and thousands with food packets. 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. The guests only know that their Social Worker contact at the Medical Center has reached out to a resource and secure their needs. 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 has provided from 150-250 meal packets monthly as needed, and keeps the UVA Hospitality House (HH) kitchen fully stocked based on monthly contact from the HH Manager.
UVA employee giving through the CVC annually keeps this vital partnership active. The CVC Code for Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum (IHS) is 003648. Remember - this non-paid all volunteer charity responds 24/7 to the Social Work staff at the Medical Center. IHS is the final safety net for the least able who must come to this state hospital and the Social Work staff has no one else to call.
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.
Sincerely ... T. Wade Clegg III & Sam McLawhorn for IHS
SPECIAL NOTICE for UVA Medical and University staff, and all other Virginia Commonwealth State Employees. The Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) begins October 1, 2018. 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 003648..