100+ Women Who Care NRV & COVID-19

Dear members,

Thank you for your response and understanding as we have canceled this quarter’s meeting and instead are gathering information on local relief efforts from you. Rather than voting on a recipient and collecting donations, we encourage you to donate directly to any relief efforts you feel compelled to support.

Below is a list from our members in the order in which they were received.

Additionally, if you join the Facebook page Looking Out for Each Other: Montgomery County, VA, you can post and receive updates on real-time ways to help one another. Here is a Google doc from that group that includes currently available take-out restaurant options:

Our next meeting is currently scheduled for Tuesday, July 21st. We are yearning to see you all in person, healthy and together again.

Much love,
Sarah and Alexa

From Pat Hyer:
One terrific way to give is through the GiveLocal NRV (https://www.givelocalnrv.org) site hosted by the Community Foundation of the New River Valley.  Click on DONATE. MANY of our local non-profits are represented on this site. GiveLocal NRV is used for our region-wide annual giving day scheduled for June 24 this year. Using this site will save you lots of noodling around to locate links to give to a great variety of charities. It provides a safe way to make your donation directly to a charity. But I urge you to consider the Community Foundation of the NRV COVID-19 Response Grant Program in particular.  The Community Foundation has announced the availability of unrestricted grants to all non-profits in our region to assist them in their COVID-19 response and/or to maintain their basic operations during this difficult time with doors closed and fundraisers canceled. The Foundation is using its own funds, contacting donors to make additional gifts to support the special grant program, and soliciting donations through this site to maximize the number of grants they can award. Please consider putting your money here. Every penny will be used to support non-profits in the NRV. United Way, also represented on the GiveLocal NRV site, is similarly offering emergency funding to non-profits addressing COVID-19-related needs in the NRV. This is another great way to maximize your donation and get it to the organizations which need it. No matter which charity you choose, they and their clients/patrons, will be grateful.

From Susanne Dana:
One volunteer effort (this is an effort of time, not money) is volunteering to help with the MCPS breakfast/lunch service (the school buses deliver breakfast and lunch every day throughout the county, to any student who needs it, they go to their regular stop at the given time). MCPS needs volunteers to help pack meals. They provide proper protective gear and a separate space for each volunteer to work in. Signing up for just one day each week is tremendously helpful. You can sign up online at www.mcps.org/volunteer

From Phyllis Albritton:
My favorite  local non-profit is Valley Interfaith Child Care Center that provides a nurturing environment for children from low-income families in the New River Valley. https://valleyinterfaithchildcarecenter.org/ and click donate.

From Sara Bohn:
This is Sara Bohn, the Executive Director of the United Way of the New River Valley. We have created a Covid-19 Impact Fund that local nonprofits (they don't need to be partner agencies of ours) can apply through a streamlined application. We typically give out money within 5 business days. Please consider making a donation on our website at unitedwaynrv.org, please press the "Give" button, or by mail at United Way NRV, PO Box 6202, Christiansburg, VA 24068. Please specify whether you want your donation (or a certain percentage of your donation) to go to the Covid-19 Impact Fund or to our General Fund. The General Fund supports the United Way NRV and all of our services. The United Way’s nonprofit Covid-19 Impact Fund application process is here (unitedwaynrv.org/covid-19-application). We also provide non-touch emergency food bank and diaper bank services at our office, at 111 West Main Street, Christiansburg.  We are also accepting non-perishable food, cleaning supplies, personal protection equipment, etc. (a full list is here: unitedwaynrv.org/covid-19), Monday – Thursday 9 am – 5 pm, and Fridays 9 am – 1:30 pm. For anyone who wants to volunteer or any nonprofit that needs volunteers, please have them email info@unitedwaynrv.org. If you have any questions, please contact info@unitedwaynrv.org, (540) 381-2066 or email me directly at sara@unitedwaynrv.org.

From Joan Hirt:
The Community Health Center of the New River Valley (formerly the Free Clinic) is a federally qualified health center charged with providing a medical home for uninsured and underinsured patients. We offer medical, dental, and behavioral health services to over 5,000 people in the New River Valley from our three centers located in Pearisburg, Christiansburg, and Dublin. Our goal is to keep patients out of the hospital emergency rooms as much as possible. As such, we are at the forefront of the coronavirus pandemic in the local area and would welcome any support that members of the 100+ Women Who Care might wish to provide. Go to: https://chcnrv.org/

From Deena Flinchum:
The New River Valley Agency on Aging is directly associated with the COVID-19 support effort but also points out the continuing need of homebound seniors in our area. We are in need of funding to assist the 255 homebound clients that we serve with supplemental food, grocery items and paper products. Because these at-risk seniors are unable to leave their homes in many cases to obtain food and groceries, we as an Agency are working to provide door to door service, with minimal contact, to supply each house with needed items while working to promote their health and well-being during this pandemic. Donations can be mailed to our new address at: The New River Valley Agency on Aging 6226 University Park Drive, Suite 3100 Fairlawn, VA 24141.

From Jessica Schulz:
Millstone Kitchen, HazelBea Catering, and YOU will put meals on the tables of neighbors in need, support local small business, and support local farmers all with one donation!
How it works:
1. You donate. Every $10 equals 1 meal distributed through a local hunger relief agency.
2. HazelBea Catering prepares the meal featuring local ingredients and keeps their staff employed at a time when most food businesses are shutting their doors or lowering capacity.
3. Our partners distribute the meal to a neighbor in need. We already have orders for over 100+ meals through NRV Diaper Pantry and Radford-Fairlawn Daily Bread!
Your donation also helps our shared use kitchen facility keep our doors open to local small food business owners and provide them with assistance, like our free workshops and startup services, during and after this crisis. Donations can be accepted through PayPal or mailed to 4237 Prices Fork Road, Suite C, Blacksburg, VA 24060.
Link to Donate: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=G-Az8HXh4KSHKMUo5x66VFA_BMLelq8wBy5-rIhri4FZeAHPnSf6f31spRdkNfgsOg_pb0&country.x=US&locale.x=US

From Pat Marcolini:
There will be a drive thru food drive for Blacksburg Interfaith Food Pantry on Sunday April 19 from 1pm-2pm in the parking lot of Christ Church off Jackson Street. Nonperishable food items needed.

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