Here are just a few examples of where your United Way of Randolph County donation is going, and the impact you are making on our community. Below are a few facts about the services provided throughout Randolph County by our sponsored agencies.
AMERICAN RED CROSS
Provides emergency assistance to victims of home fires and other disasters; offers CPR and First Aid training to general public on ongoing basis; assists military & their families. In Randolph County last year they provided urgent needs for 14 families, prepared comfort kits, cleanup kits, food containers, drink containers, cots, blankets, mats and heater for meals in readiness stored here in the county for a local disaster. There were 784 participants in Life Saving certifications, such as First Aid, CPR, AED, Lifeguarding, Water Safety, Pet First Aid and Babysitting. Locally they have 33 organizations that use the Red Cross Health and Safety Training exclusively.
Area Director: Robin Moore (304-624-7689)
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA (Allohak Council)
Provides programs to develop values and leadership skills in young men through the various levels of Scouting; total of 19 troops in Randolph County; County's Scouting history includes 135 Eagle Scouts. The scouts locally participate in many community events/projects to support and improve life for our county. One of their major community projects is the door to door food drive for our local food banks. In the past year, the local program served around 800 boys in our county with a goal to increase the number this year.
Field Director: Ben Propst
CATHOLIC COMMUNITY SERVICES
Provides assistance to needy for food, utility payments, rent, transportation, and other miscellaneous emergencies; assists transients passing through our area; extended services include “MedBank Program” which provides 3-6 months’ free supply of prescription medicines for eligible clients via national pharmaceutical companies. Last year the organization served around 6055 individuals and 2283 families and the numbers are increasing daily due to the poor economy.
Regional Director: Cindy Hammer Coordinator: Sharon Ayers (304-636-2202)
FOSTER GRANDPARENT PROGRAM
An arm of Potomac Highland Support Services; program involving individuals 60+ years of age to serve in county schools and other facilities as mentors and/or tutors to assist students with special needs who are mentally handicapped, victims of abuse or neglect, etc. Last year the program served approximately 165 at-risk children through 30 senior volunteers providing tutoring, mentoring, and be positive role models to the child in the schools, WV Children’s Home, and child care centers throughout the county.
Coordinator: Myra Vance (304-257-1221)
GIRL SCOUTS BLACK DIAMOND COUNCIL
Provide informal educational programs for girls ages 5-17 in values, decision-making, dedication to community service, human relations, etc.; in troops throughout Randolph County from Huttonsville to Coalton. During last year around 378 girls participated in girl scouting in our county in the different levels of scouting.
Field Director: Susan Resier
HELPING HAND CLEARINGHOUSE
Screens individuals who need assistance (food, utility payments, rent, housing, etc.) and then refers individuals to proper agency; coordinates services of churches and service organizations to eliminate duplication. During the last year the organization provided service for approximately 356 families were served throughout Randolph County.
Coordinator: Tammy Kittle (304-636-5449)
ELKINS/RANDOLPH COUNTY LIBRARY
Offers all library services including summer reading programs for children, film and video tapes, inter-library loans with all libraries in the State; meeting room and fax machine available to public; Internet access also available.
Head Librarian: Audrey Taylor (304-637-0287)
Provides summer reading programs, story hours, film showings, adult literacy programs, etc.; Internet access also available; serves southwestern portion of Randolph County.
Librarian: Bruce Cressler (304-924-5063)
PIONEER MEMORIAL LIBRARY (Harman)
Provides summer reading programs, story hours, film showings, etc.; Internet access now available; serves students from Harman School at rate of 250 per week via regularly scheduled classes held at Library each week.
Librarian: Stacy McKean (304-227-4788)
TYGART VALLEY LIBRARY (Mill Creek)
Provides summer reading programs, story hours, craft classes, etc.; now has audiovisual section established; Internet access also available; facility available for public meetings; also serve George Ward Elementary students and faculty.
Librarian: Sharon Mallow (304-335-6277)
VALLEY HEAD LIBRARY
Provides summer reading program, story hours, copier and fax services, tourist information; Internet connection also available; serves all students from Valley Head School; offers learning-to-read video programs to the public; serves as meeting place for G.E.D. participants.
Librarian: Doug Wood (304-339-6071)
Trained, volunteer tutors teach basic reading and conversational skills to people who are seeking improvements in their skills. The participants set their own goals to assist the improvement plan development in something that has been unachievable do to their poor reading and/or conversation skills.
President: Cary Hopwood (304-636-7486)
MEALS ON WHEELS
Provide hot, home-delivered meals to elderly and disabled once per day, 5 days per week; recipients pay for meals based on their income; operate in cooperation with Davis Memorial Hospital Dietary Department. During the last year the program served approximately 118 individuals/105 families elderly and/or disabled residents of Randolph County through the assistance of many delivery volunteers.
Co-Coordinators: Betty Legg and Kittie Carr (304-636-4919)
NCCA- RANDOLPH COUNTY HOMELESS SHELTER
Private, nonprofit agency; operates Randolph County's only homeless shelter which provides 3 meals per day, counseling, laundry facilities, etc.; staff on duty 24 hours per day, 7 days per week; clients evaluated and advised re: employment opportunities, G.E.D. acquisition, etc. The shelter served approximately 123 clients during the last year.
Director: Cindy Hamrick (304-636-5008)
RANDOLPH COUNTY CANCER SUPPORT PROGRAM
Provides monetary assistance (gasoline, motel accommodations) to cancer patients who must necessarily travel to Morgantown, Clarksburg, etc., for chemotherapy, radiation treatments. They meet on regular basis for purpose of offering group support to cancer patients and their families.
President: Eloise Mann (304-636-8849)
RANDOLPH COUNTY CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER
The Center is a safe location where children who are victims of abuse/neglect can be taken to complete investigations, interviews, & related services. The Center serves children from Randolph and Tucker Counties and served over 68 children during the past year through the coordination of many related service providers.
Director: Sharon Bedford (304-630-2214)
RANDOLPH COUNTY DOMESTIC TRAINING & REFERRAL
Provides assistance (roof repairs, snow shoveling, lawn mowing, etc.) to low-income elderly and disabled so that they can remain in their own homes. The service works with unemployed and under-employed staff to provide the service for the elderly population. During the last year they served around 74 homes.
Coordinator: Henry Nefflin (304-637-0255)
RANDOLPH COUNTY EMERGENCY SQUAD
Paid staff of 19 includes 9 nationally certified paramedics, 6 EMT's, 2 drivers, and 2 office staff; volunteer staff made up of over 40 individuals; fleet of 10 ambulances with 2 satellite centers. During the last year the squad provided pre-hospital care and transportation for approximately 5, 787 patients.
Director: Kurt Gainer (304-636-6593)
RANDOLPH COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY
Operates only animal shelter in county; publishes quarterly newsletter re: pets available for adoption, owner pet-handling "tips". Community volunteers help with daily up-keep of the shelter and the animals, which now the dogs are located in a new facility. The on-going program of the Rescue Waggin continues to assist in finding homes for dogs out of the area. Last year the total incoming animal count was around 1013.
Shelter Manager: Kelly Schiedegger (304-636-7844)
RANDOLPH COUNTY SENIOR CENTER
Provides wide range of services and activities to senior citizens in Randolph County which include 4 nutrition sites, county-wide transportation using 7 vans, information and referral, health screenings, 6 outposts, crafts, & group trips., The In-Home Care Program utilizes "Homemakers" and a nursing staff to serve at-risk, frail seniors in their homes with medical problems. The sites served 43,446 congregate meals and 34,655 home delivered meals during the last year, with the area of delivered meals being extended farther out into the county.
Director: Laura Ward (304-636-4747)
RANDOLPH COUNTY SHELTERED WORKSHOP (SENECA DESIGNS )
Trains disabled adults in basic work skills and work adjustment in preparation for supported or competitive employment; offers long-term sheltered employment for those unable to make transition to regular jobs. "Seneca Designs" sales of custom wooden signs and screen-printed clothing are known Statewide. The clients also package for nationally known “Leland’s Lures” fishing equipment.
Director: Michael Turner (304-636-1638)
SENIOR COMPANION PROGRAM
Purpose is to provide support services to senior citizens in the areas of companionship and/or assistance to those with special health needs; concept is one of “seniors helping seniors”; tasks performed are light housework, grocery shopping, etc.; allows clients to remain in their homes; client services are free.
Director: Doris Hamman (304-472-8796)
WOMEN'S AID IN CRISIS
Provides comprehensive services to victims of family violence, sexual and all other forms of abuse; services include 24-hour hotline, counseling, advocacy, information and referral, support groups, Adult Basis Education classes, parenting classes, temporary shelter and crisis intervention, and public education. Approximately 969 individuals were assisted through the services during the last year.
Director: Marcia R. Drake (304-636-8433)
Provides health and recreational services and sports instruction for preschool thru adults; programs include safe swimming classes, Summer Youth Camp, family support groups, Nautilus exercising and the free drop-in youth center. The facility is used by County residents for high school graduation parties, garden club showings, Forest Festival activities, American Red Cross Blood drives, Rotary Club of Elkins meeting, basketball and volleyball leagues, and more. The staff work to assist youth through free scholarships who would otherwise be unable to pay.
Director: Sid Gillispie (304-636-4515)
YOUTH HEALTH SERVICE
Provides services to teenagers and parents in areas of personal counseling, health education, childbirth and parenting education, adolescent discussion groups, vocational and job assistance programs, family planning, Adult Basic Education classes, after-school tutoring, and home visitation. Others participate in the Safe Drug Free Communities Program, as well as the Home Ties Child Care Program.
Director: Margy Burns (304-636-9450)