Community Health Heroes Campaign by WCA Foundation

Caption: Two-year-old Sergio professes his love for his doctor as WCA Foundation initiates its Community Health Heroes Campaign. It not only invites the community to celebrate National Doctors Day, but to support the new Staff Appreciation Fund at the Foundation. The fund will offer immediate support to the frontline healthcare professionals at UPMC Chautauqua ready to serve us every day and through the COVID-19 viral attack on our country.

WCA Foundation is launching its Community Health Heroes Campaign to help those who care for the healthcare of its residents. As Chautauqua County begins its fight of the COVID-19 virus, WCA Foundation has established the Staff Assistance Fund to aid the medical staff of UPMC Chautauqua – some of whom have literally worked 24/7 on preparedness plans for the hospital.  Without a doubt the physicians, nurses, phlebotomists, technicians and other staff will personally face this virus as they care for community residents. WCA Foundation is asking for help to give meals purchased from local restaurants to these dedicated workers during this time of crisis.

Donations can be made to this fund through WCA Foundation’s website at https://www.wcafoundationjamestown.org. The banner on the home page takes a donor to a donation page where they can donate to the Staff Assistance Fund, the Good Neighbor Fund, or the Grateful Patient Fund and leave a message. Through the PayPal platform donors can make a gift using their credit card or their PayPal account.

“The national COVID-19 health crisis becomes very personal when you hear of your hospital’s staff working so hard to prepare for their service to you,” said Brigetta Overcash, executive director of WCA Foundation. “It will be wonderful to see our campaign become ‘viral’ to distract our community’s attention from this health crisis.”

WCA Foundation is focused on helping workers on the front line through the Staff Assistance Fund, directing funds to help those working endlessly and tirelessly for our community.

“This is a great thing we are doing, giving our first responders recognition they deserve! Together we can make a difference.” said Megan Barone, director of development for WCA Foundation.

The Foundation’s website also highlights the Doctor’s Day campaign, which is traditionally celebrated on March 30th but celebrated every day on WCA Foundation’s website where gifts are given to the Grateful Patient Fund. In addition, support of the Good Neighbor Fund is being received. Residents who are hospitalized at UPMC Chautauqua are assisted by this fund if they need clothing, transportation or emergent medications upon their discharge.

As we approach these uncertain times, the community needs to come together to show how much we appreciate those who are on the front lines, working hard, putting their own lives on the line to serve our families, friends and loved ones. WCA Foundation and UPMC Chautauqua understands the importance of our physicians, nurses, emergency teams and staff not only during times like these, but every day. These people are our community’s “Everyday Health Heroes.” Be a champion and support our “Community Health Heroes.”

Accurate information about COVID-19 can be found on the UPMC Chautauqua website – www.upmcchautauqua.org.  For more information about this campaign or to make donations by check, contact WCA Foundation executive director Brigetta Overcash, at 716-664-5461, overcashbe@upmc.edu; or Megan Barone, director of development, at 716-664-8423, baronema3@upmc.edu, at P.O. Box 840, Jamestown, NY 14702-0840.

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