HUNTINGTON — 4 Huntington charities obtained $3,500 every because the fruits of an employee-driven fundraiser marketing campaign by Valley Well being Programs, offered Friday morning at their Huntington headquarters.
The 4 recipient organizations are the Huntington Metropolis Mission, the Boys and Ladies Membership of Huntington, Gro Huntington and the Hoops Household Youngsters’s Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital. Cash was raised from T-shirt gross sales, which staff can put on on Fridays — nickel and diming over time to $14,000 over the course of a yr.
Every year, staff select a special set of nonprofits to learn — all significantly service the low-income and downtrodden that make up a lot of Valley Well being’s clientele: the Huntington Metropolis Mission is the biggest homeless shelter within the Tri-State; the Boys and Ladies Membership has lengthy offered programming for underserved youth; Gro Huntington offers these in dependancy restoration with therapeutic alternatives by means of agriculture; and Hoops Household Youngsters’s Hospital cares for lots of of kids every year.
“All of them align with a number of the identical ideas, and there’s a number of overlap with the providers they supply and the well being care we offer,” stated Steve Shattls, president and CEO of Valley Well being.
For the Huntington Metropolis Mission, $3,500 offers round 1,750 meals for these they serve, government director Mitch Webb stated. The cash will even offset the price of beds for round 105 individuals per night time (costing $6.78 per night time every) — round one-fourth being kids.
“This can assist put a number of youngsters in beds tonight, and feed a number of hungry youngsters as effectively,” Webb stated.
Valley Well being is peculiar among the many area’s main well being care gamers in that it’s a Federally Certified Well being Heart (FQHC), which means they’re held to totally different federal requirements than typical non-public observe suppliers or these sponsored by a hospital or medical faculty.
A type of necessities is Valley Well being should provide a full array of providers to all sufferers with their very own in-house specialists similar to in oral well being, optometry and behavioral well being. Sufferers are served no matter whether or not they will pay, and far of Valley Well being’s sufferers are in rural, low-income communities.
In all, there are 39 whole areas: 22 well being facilities, eight school-based facilities, eight Girls, Infants and Youngsters (WIC) facilities, and a diagnostics lab serving Cabell, Wayne, Putnam, Lincoln, Mason, Kanawha and Boone counties in West Virginia and Lawrence County in Ohio, staffed by 136 suppliers and serving practically 70,000 sufferers.