Below are just a few examples of where your United Way of Randolph County (UWRC) donation is going when you choose to make a contribution. It also represents some of the many ways the donation reflects the impact you are making on our community. Additionally, you will find a few facts about the services provided throughout Randolph County by our twenty-one sponsored agencies. When making a donation to the United Way, you can designate where you wish for your funds to go or you can simply make a donation that benefits all twenty-one of our funded partners! Give us a call at 304-636-0516 to discuss the many available options!
AMERICAN RED CROSS
The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. United Way funding is used to support client services and to provide Direct Client Assistance to disaster victims to meet a client's basic needs. Direct Client Assistance can be used by clients for lodging, food, clothing, home repair, appliances, health or mental health assistance. On average a household will receive $628.00 immediately following a disaster, such as, a home fire. The Red Cross provided the following services to 1,106 Randolph County residents in 2017: Disaster Cycle Services - * 11 households or 35 individuals following a disaster such as a home fire, 213 households made safer through the installation of 574 free smoke alarms, serving 521 individuals. Health & Safety Services - *536 individuals were trained in First Aid, CPR, and AED skills. Services to the Armed Forces (SAF) - 14 individuals received SAF case services. The Red Cross also collected 685 units of blood from Randolph County residents. Red Cross volunteers responded to 33 disasters delivering blankets, food, cleanup kits, and more than $19,000.00 in direct financial assistance to disaster victims in Randolph County. Without the Red Cross these needs would be largely unmet. Additionally, the need for the installation of free smoke alarms is demonstrated by the number of homes we visit during installations where we find an inadequate number of or no smokealarms present at all. Because the Home Fire Campaign is an in-home program, we are assured participants are made safer by the installation of working smoke alarms in their homes after volunteers leave. The goal of the Home Fire Campaign is to reduce home fire deaths and injuries by 25% by the year 2020.
Executive Director: Jason Keeling, 304-624-7689
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
CATHOLIC COMMUNITY SERVICES
Guided by God's love, Catholic Charities collaborates with community partners, parishes, and families to provide caring and compassionate services to people in need and work toward lasting and meaningful change. The United Way of Randolph County funding is allocated to the WellnessWorks Food Pantry, providing Emergency Assistance to clients. The WellnessWorks Food Pantry began as part of a community-based response to the health and wellness issues encountered among our at-risk neighbors. The goal is to promote healthy nutrition through education, direct service and advocacy. Clients are able to speak privately with a trained pantry worker to identify household members' health and concerns. The staff is then able to provide nutritional information relating to managing symptoms of common chronic illnesses or conditions (high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, etc.), and discuss nutritional choices. Families and/or individuals are able to select food items from the pantry which is open Monday 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM and Tuesday thru Thursday 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. During 2017 the Randolph County Outreach office provided a WellnessWorks Food Pantry, Emergency Assistance, Dollar Energy Program, SNAP outreach and enrollment services, housing repair work camps during the summer, Thanksgiving food baskets, Silver Angel Tree (Christmas gifts for seniors), and Easter baskets for children. In 2017, Catholic Charities served 2,440.00 low to moderate income residents in Randolph County. Through Emergency Assistance, Catholic Charities focuses on helping low-income individuals and families meet their most basis human needs. This is accomplished in cooperation with other special service agencies, churches, and food pantries as the agency advocates for people in need of food, clothing, utility and rental assistance, and prescription assistance. Ultimately, CCWVa's objective is to alleviate the languishing effects of poverty by responding to people's most basic human needs and also to reduce poverty by offering opportunities for individuals/families to improve their circumstances.
Tina Bartlett 304-636-2202
HELPING HAND CLEARINGHOUSE
The mission for Helping Hand Clearinghouse is to establish and maintain a clearinghouse for the purpose of identifying and coordinating services of churches, agencies, and organization in responding to individual and family needs in Randolph County. Coordinated assistance is provided for families with emergency needs (i.e. rent, utilities, food, emergency shelter, etc.). Budget assistance is also provided to clients. Last year, Helping Hand Clearinghouse assisted 146 Randolph County residents. Helping Hand Clearinghouse works to provide assistance to clients while ensuring there is not a duplication of assistance happening via other helping agencies within the community.
Coordinator: Tammy Kittle (304-636-5449)
ELKINS/RANDOLPH COUNTY LIBRARY
The Elkins-Randolph County Library offers all library services including summer & winter reading programs for children, all-new Celebrate Happy Potter interactive month for all ages, Family Game Nights, Software for Job/School Support, iReady Curriculum that supports school-based Math skills, Makerspace robotics softbware and development of Historical Elkins tours. Last year, the Elkins-Randolph County Library increased programs and services by 85-90% in 10 months. Throughout 2019, the library has plans to grow and instill new and existing programs by another 50%. Children's story hour, copy & fax services, free e-book access, and meeting room usage is also available at the library.
Director: Stephanie Murphy, 304-636-0287
Pictured above are youth of all ages participating in the many activities that are being provided via the Elkins-Randolph County Public Library!
The mission of the Helvetia Public Library is to provide quality services and access to ideas, information, experiences, and materials that enrich people's lives. Their vision is to make a positive difference in our community, one person at a time. As a fully functional public library operation under the guidelines and codes of the West Virginia Library Commission, the Helvetia library provides a full range of traditional and custom programs and services for Helvetia, Pickens, and Czar. Direct library services for the Pickes School (smallest K-12 public school in WV) and home for several after school student based programs also occur at the Helvetia Library. Last year, the library served 3,808 Randolph County residents. Technology such as computers, wifi, fax, and printing services are also provided to the community via the Helvetia Library!
Director: Jerianne Davis, 304-924-5063
PIONEER MEMORIAL PUBLIC LIBRARY (Harman)
The Pioneer Memorial Library located in Harman strives to inform, enrich and empower every person in their community by creating and promoting easy access to a vast array of ideas and information! The Pioneer Memorial Library provides books, audiobooks, downloadable and e-books, DVDS, WV collection, local genealogy records, internet access, WI-FI, fax, tech support, and photocopies. The library also provides class visits for Harman School, toddler story time, and a summer reading program! The library served 2,323 Randolph County residents last year! Pioneer Memorial Library seeks to inspire and nurture a love of reading, learning, and literacy in our community! For many of the young people at Harman School, the Pioneer Memorial Library provides a safe and quiet place to explore the world by book, computer, or magazine.
Director: Sandra Parrish, 304-227-4788
RUSSELL MEMORIAL PUBLIC LIBRARY (Mill Creek)
The Russell Memorial Public Library's mission is to satisfy its' patrons recreational and practical interests by use of both traditional and emerging technologies. The library serves as a learning and educational center for all residents of the community by providing materials and services to help meet their personal, educational, and professional needs. Special emphasis is placed on supplying adults with current reading materials, supporting students at all academic levels and on stimulating young children's interest and appreciation for reading and learning. Last year, Russell Memorial Public Library served 4,840 Randolph County residents. They also increased the amount of books and materials for an Advanced Readers Program. Classes come to the library on a weekly basis and reading materials are provided for the students at George Ward Elementary School. A summer reading program is offered one day per week for six weeks during the summer. At least 25 children attend on average. The program includes snacks and crafts. Last year's theme was "Our Library Rocks," which included music and geology.
Director: Sharon Mallow 304-335-6277
Pictured above are children enjoying the "Our Library Rocks" summer reading program at the Russel Memorial Public Library located in Mill Creek.
VALLEY HEAD LIBRARY
The Valley Head Public Library is the learning center of the community and a place people turn to for the discovery of ideas, the joy of reading, and the power of information. Community needs drive the services and special emphasis is placed upon supporting students of all ages and upon stimulating young children's interest and appreciation for reading and learning. The funding from the United Way of Randolph County provided to the Valley Head Library has always been used to instill in the community's children the importance and joy of reading. The Valley Head Library offers a vast array of print materials, ebooks, DVDs, and audio books to check out. Ten public internet accessible computers, free Wi-Fi, fax, copies, a meeting room, and notary services are also available at the Valley Head Library. Programs such as Kid's Evening at the Library, Family Movie Night, Lil Tykes Story Time, and Pinterest Parties are readily happening at the Valley Head Library. The Valley Head Library served 4,337 Randolph County residents last year! The programs are designed to provide the youth of the community the opportunity to get inspired by reading and learning. Additionally, they are designed for the youth to be creative through print materials or hands-on-activities during programming which will have a lasting impact on their education and future in the community.
Director: Nicole Matthew, 304-339-6071
Pictured above is Greyson Sharp enjoying the Lil Tykes Storytime at the Valley Head Library. The library collaborated with the Valley Head Vol. Fire Department to promote "Fire Prevention Month" in October 2018.
LITERACY VOLUNTEERS OF RANDOLPH COUNTY (LVRC)
The purpose of Literacy Volunteers of Randolph County (LVRC) is to promote and foster the increase of literacy in Randolph County through volunteer teaching and aid to individuals, groups, or organizations desiring to increase literacy through volunteer programs. The LVRC provides free, confidential tutoring to primarily adults with limited reading skills and who are English speakers of other languages (ESOL). 114 Randolph County residents were served last year via LVRC. LVRC provides free tutoring in Basic Reading and ESOL with 1,100 volunteer hours serving for 31 adults in Randolph County. The "Read For Fun & For Your School" is also a part of LVRC which is a read-a-thon event for all elementary schools in Randolph County to raise funding for their schools. 10 adults also received basic computer skill training last year, which resulted in the use of 36 volunteer hours. 37 children in Mill Creek and Elkins benefited from a Cursive Writing Workshop last year via LVRC. Additionally, LVRC is offering a book donation program for Tygart Valley Regional Jail, WorkForce WV in Elkins, Sharpe Hospital, and families in need. The main goal of LVRC is to improve literacy skills of Randolph County residents through free tutoring services with emphasis on the importance of reading, furthering education, and workforce readiness. Improving literacy is a key to empowering individuals to address events happening in their lives such as unemployment, poor health, etc. LVRC is proud that the students who have enrolled in their program have improved their literacy skills, been successful in finding/retaining employment, enrolled in vocational programs, and continued to brighten their future. LVRC's office is located at the Elkins-Randolph County YMCA.
President: Cary Hopwood 304-636-4515
MEALS ON WHEELS
Meals on Wheels (MOW) provides hot, home-delivered meals to elderly and disabled once per day, 5 days per week. Recipients pay for meals based on their income. MOW is operated in cooperation with Davis Memorial Hospital Dietary Department. 100% of the funding provided to Meals on Wheels by the United Way of Randolph County is used for the cost of food. In 2019, there will be a 3% increase in food costs and a decrease in the number of clients that contribute to the cost of meals. Last year, MOW served 115 Randolph County residents. MOW provides services in the most cost efficient way possible with the use of community volunteers. Volunteers allow Meals on Wheels to continue providing the meals at an affordable price for the elderly and disabled.
Coordinator: Rhonda Coffman 304-636-4919; Volunteer Coordinator: Ron Charny; Field Coordinator: Alice-Gervais Sabatino
Pictured above on the left are the actual biodegradable and microwaveable meal containers purchased by Davis Medical Center to better serve the elderly clients via the Meals on Wheels Program. The middle photograph shows the drivers and runners (those that take meals into the homes for the clients), which are all volunteers, planning for the next month's schedule and the current day's meal deliveries. The right photo shows the Volunteer Field Coordinator assisting the volunteers with loading the vehicle for delivery.
NORTH CENTRAL WV COMMUNITY ACTION(NCWVCAA)/RANDOLPH COUNTY HOMELESS SHELTER
NCWVCAA helps individuals and families reach their highest levels of social and economic independence by providing a broad range of anti-poverty services and educational resources. The Randolph County Homeless Shelter is open 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, and provided 3,382 nights of shelter, and 490 hours of case management services to 75 unduplicated homeless individuals last year. A comprehensive assessment including the development of a service plan is completed within seven days following the date the case is opened. The service plan is individualized to each client's special needs, and is designed to assist them in overcoming the obstacles they are facing. All residents are encouraged to seek and maintain an independent lifestyle. They are also encouraged to gain self-confidence for reintegration into the community. In 2018, the Randolph County Homeless Shelter served 40 Randolph County residents. The program goal of the Randolph County Homeless Shelter is to provide a safe, sanitary, cost-effective means of sheltering individuals and families who have little or no means of support. The focus is to work with clients and assist them in obtaining and maintaining permanent housing. Local residents of the community offer their support by providing monetary donations, food, and clothing. The shelter is a good neighbor in the community and values the positive comments it often receives on cleanliness.
Shelter Manager: Cindy Jividen, 304-636-5193
RANDOLPH COUNTY CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER (ALSO SERVING TUCKER COUNTY) - RTCAC
The Randolph County Children's Advocacy Center (CAC)'s mission statement is as follows: working with the community partners to support healing and justice for children and families who have been victimized. 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 1,064 children during the past year through the coordination of many related service providers. The foundation of the CAC model is putting the child's interest first -- this goal is achieved through deliberate, thoughtful collaboration between Multi-Disciplinary Investigative Team (MDIT) members and careful coordination by CAC staff. Last year, RTCAC provided the following trauma informed direct services either on-site or through referrals to MDIT partner agencies: 143 children received on-site services at the CAC including forensic interviews for investigative purposes, crisis intervention, needs assessments & referrals. 40 children were connected to mental health services. 23 children received medical exams/treatments. The CAC staff made 740 advocacy contacts to caregivers of children seen at the RTCAC. Prevention education and community awareness are also offered through the RTCAC. In addition to teaching children about boundaries and safety, the CAC is committed to helping the adults in Randolph County recognize and respond to child sexual abuse.
Executive Director: Margot Evick, 304-630-2214
Scenes from the CAC. We love when kids leave saying "this place is so much fun!" or "I want to come back!" because it means their experience here was not scary, and that they felt cared for and supported. -RTCAC
Coordinator: Rhonda Coffman, 304-637-0257
RANDOLPH COUNTY FAMILY RESOURCE NETWORK (FRN)
The Randolph County Family Resource Network's (FRN) mission statement is to help our members work together in order to provide a seamless system of services to the families of Randolph County by: 1. Identifying family needs. 2. Identifying resources to meet family needs. 3. Sharing plans and information. 4. Planning joint actions. The funding that the United Way of Randolph County (UWRC) provides to the FRN is used in the daily operation of the Randolph County Baby Pantry. The Baby Pantry is open the second Friday of each month at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM and again from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM or by an emergency needed basis. The pantry provides families with formula, baby food, diapers, wipes, and other baby essentials. There is no income guidelines for families who visit the Randolph County Baby Pantry. 4,873 Randolph County residents were served via the Randolph County FRN last year. The FRN's Baby Pantry currently serves an average of 70 children per month giving away over 17,000 diapers, 1000 packs of baby wipes, and 500 cans of formula a year. The Baby Pantry is located at the Phil Gainer Community Center in Elkins.
Director: Rebecca Vance 304-636-4454
RANDOLPH COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY
The mission of the Randolph County Humane Society (RCHS) is to provide care and find homes for lost, homeless, abused, sick, and neglected animals in Randolph County. Last year, 780 animals were received at the RCHS. Of these animals: 303 (38.8%) were adopted directly, 79 (10.1%) were reunited with their owners, and 156 (20%) were sent to rescue to be adopted into forever homes. Last year, the RCHS provided 242 vouchers for Randolph County residents toward low-cost spay/neuter services. The highly-successful Off-Site Adoption Partner program places adoptable cats in local businesses, who help promote them to prospective adoptive families. Just last year, 33 cats were adopted through this effort, bringing the overall total to over 100 since the program began. The Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program is a continuing focus. The TNR program reduces the population by trapping the cats, spaying/neutering them, and returning them to their areas to live their lives healthy but not procreating. Every animal adopted through RCHS is microchipped, as the single most effective method for reuniting lost pets and their families. Approximately 1000 Randolph County residents were served via the Randolph County Humane Society last year.
Shelter Manager: Kelly Schiedegger 304-636-7844; Administrative Manager: Karen Beard
Sioux (female) located on the left and RC located on the right are looking for their FUREVER homes!
RANDOLPH COUNTY SENIOR CENTER- COMMITTEE ON AGING FOR RANDOLPH COUNTY
The Committee on Aging for Randolph County's mission is to study the needs of the aging and aged in Randolph County and to take such actions as are necessary to help meet these needs. To encourage, promote, and aid in the establishment of local programs and services for the aging and others. To establish for the aging and others of Randolph County comprehensive in-home care programs that will focus on improving and maintaining function, dignity, and quality of life and ensuring their ability to remain in their own home. The funding provided by the United Way of Randolph County is used to feed at-risk seniors. Through the Nutrition program, the Senior Center served 45,490 meals last year to citizens in Randolph County. The home delivered routes cover the Harman area, several residents of the Elkins Manor, and an area from Point Mountain to Beverly in the Tygart Valley region. The flexibility of the funding provided by the United Way also allows the Senior Center to serve several non-seniors who were hungry and otherwise unable to obtain a meal. Approximately 200 individuals were served via the In-Home Care programs including Aged and Disabled Waiver, Personal Care, Lighthouse, FAIR, Veterans, Private Pay, Respite, and Chore Programs on a continuous basis throughout the year which allowed seniors to remain in their home. The public transit system provided 28,544 rides last year. Social activities such as card games, art classes, billiards, book club, etc. are offered via the Senior Center which keep seniors vital and active. Last year, the Committee On Aging for Randolph County (Senior Center) served 5000 Randolph County residents. One in six seniors in our county are at risk of going hungry. Providing nutritional support, along with other supportive services, allows seniors to live more healthier lives in their own homes. The number of seniors is expected to double in Randolph County within the next 20 years.
Director: Laura Ward 304-636-4747
CENTER'S AGAINST VIOLENCE
Women's Aid in Crisis (WAIC) provides comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, child abuse, child sexual abuse, stalking, and human trafficking; services include 24-hour hotline, crisis counseling, legal advocacy, information and referral, support groups, temporary shelter, basic necessities, community awareness and prevention education. Approximately 1213 individuals were assisted through the services during the last year. WAIC believes that every person should have the right to lead a life free of domestic and sexual violence, stalking, child abuse, & human trafficking while retaining the right and responsibility for making their own decisions.
Director: J. Leigh Palmer 304-636-8433
Elkins/Randolph County YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association of Elkins)
The mission of the YMCA is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. The YMCA has been an active community center for the Elkins and the surrounding area since 1908. The Y offers families a place to come together for fitness and fun. The facility offers summer camp and after school programming, a pool, fitness rooms, sports leagues, and over 16 group led exercise classes, and more! The community sponsored members make participation in the YMCA movement affordable to all members of the community. The United Way of Randolph County provides funding to the YMCA for the community sponsored membership program and program sponsorships. The community sponsored membership program reduces membership fees 75% and child care and other programs fees, like swimming, basketball,etc. by 50%. Last year, the YMCA served 7000 plus Randolph County residents. The Y focuses on the following three key areas: 1. Youth Development - nurturing the potential of every child and teen. 2. Healthy Living - improving community members' health and well-being. 3. Social Responsibility - giving back and providing support to the community. The community sponsored membership program and program sponsorship program are both critical to providing area residents with the access and opportunity to improve their health and well-being, regardless of their financial situation. The YMCA takes pride in accommodating every qualified applicant.
CEO: Sid Gillispie 304-636-4515