‘Light The Night’ Recognizes The Front-Lines

As printed in the Post-Journal on 4/17/20

Neighbors and businesses throughout the community are invited to honor the front-line workers that are making life functional these days, by turning on their porch light for one hour.

At 8 p.m. from Saturday to Saturday, April 26, the collaborative effort will be a beacon to show appreciation for those who are working to make life amid COVID-19 a bit easier and more comfortable for the general population.

“When you put on your porch light on Wednesday — Earth Day — step out on your porch, greet your neighbors and applaud the workers we all are honoring,” said Brigetta Overcash, executive director of WCA Foundation. “While 6-foot social distancing and mask wearing will be expected, neighbors can safely gather while creating their own celebrations to reinforce the resilience this community has.”

“Take a selfie and post it on social media with the hashtag #LovefromJamestown,” added Megan Barone, director of development for UPMC Chautauqua and WCA Foundation. “We think we might see marshmallow roasts — maybe even people costumed depicting their favorite front-line heroes.”

The WCA Foundation and its supporting agencies — the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County, the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation — are collaborating their efforts to say thanks to not only the healthcare workers but firefighters, police, grocery store workers, USPS and restaurant workers throughout our county.

“For those who want to do more than shine a light to express their gratitude, they can go online to the foundation’s website or that of the United Way for opportunities to volunteer or make a donation to support those on the front-line or in need,” Overcash said.

To support and say thank you to the front-line medical and support staff at UPMC Chautauqua the online link is wcafoundationjamestown.org/donate/health-care-heroes-campaign/. To support United Way’s Chautauqua County COVID 19 Crisis Response with a donation or to find volunteer opportunities go online to uwayscc.org/ .

“We are so grateful to this community and our major donors to our COVID 19 Crisis Response initiative,” said Amy Rohler, executive director of the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County. “The funds we are raising will help thousands through the not-for-profit organizations in Chautauqua County. We’re happy to support this visual expression of gratitude for those serving all of us on the front-line.”

“We are stronger together,” said Overcash and Barone as they expressed their gratitude for the donations the community gives through their efforts to help support the healthcare initiative of UPMC Chautauqua through grants from WCA Foundation.

For more information about WCA Foundation, P.O. Box 840, Jamestown, NY 14701, contact Overcash at 664-5461, overcashbe@upmc.edu or Barone at 664-8423, baronema3@upmc.edu. Rohler may be reached at the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County, 208 Pine Street, Jamestown, NY 14701, 483-1561.

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