Fund Purpose: To provide childcare or food for healthcare workers working extended hours OR to pay bills for employees who contracted COVID-19.
Fund Story: Hearts for Healthcare is a national movement that has taken on a new meaning with the current pandemic. Our Healthcare workers are taking on unmeasured risk and also juggling personal life with schools cancelled. According to one nurse at MGH the nursing staff is working 14 hour days and while they currently have enough protection, etc. They could use food, as the cafeteria isn’t run by MGH and it is costing them extra to eat at the hospital.
Grant County residents can express their gratitude and show support for health care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic with the launch of the Hearts for Healthcare Grant County initiative.
Hearts for Healthcare Grant County was established through a partnership between The Community Foundation of Grant County and the Chronicle-Tribune.
“We looked at needs within our community and felt that health care workers who are doing so much under very stressful conditions could use our help and encouragement during this time,” Chronicle-Tribune Publisher Linda Kelsay said.
“At the Community Foundation, we are blessed to witness authentic generosity every day,” Community Foundation of Grant County President/CEO Dawn Brown said. “Although this is an unprecedented time in the history of the world, we continue to witness people helping, giving and loving their neighbors and community in heartfelt ways – both big and small. I think we would all agree that there is certainly no audience at this time that deserves our gratitude more than our frontline health care workers. This is why we were honored to open the Hearts for Healthcare Grant County Fund at the Foundation.”
Community members can participate in Hearts for Healthcare Grant County in a variety of ways. Grant County residents are encouraged to create signs of encouragement by posting hearts in the windows of their homes and sharing good wishes and thank-you notes to those on the frontlines on Facebook here.
Additionally, since many health care workers are working overtime and under stressful conditions, organizers are asking the community to donate to the Hearts for Healthcare Grant County Fund with all funds staying in Grant County to help health care workers pay for childcare, food and other essentials during this time.
The Foundation Board will utilize the donations to make grants to local health care organizations who want to help their employees who might need additional supports such as help with childcare or food due to extended working hours or the payment of bills for health care workers who test positive for COVID-19. Please contact the Community Foundation for more information at 765-662-0065.
On April 25, the Chronicle-Tribune will publish a special section that will wrap the weekend edition that will share the positive stories of the many things our health care workers and other frontline personnel are doing to make Grant County the great place to live, work, pray and play.