Despite the deadly global coronavirus, Americans Helping Americans' partners throughout Appalachia are soldiering on to ensure that the neediest and most vulnerable in their communities are still receiving critical food boxes and vital services.
Our Partners Continue Services Despite Pandemic
Throughout Appalachia, our fellow citizens in distressed communities struggle to get by even when times are good — and with the current coronavirus pandemic - things are certainly far from good.
And yet, they can continue to count on our partners for the basic needs and services on which they rely.
For example, in Gainesville, Georgia, LAMP Ministries' team of volunteers are out and about delivering food boxes to grateful families in the lowest income neighborhoods in the community.
In Cleveland, Georgia, our partner Caring Hands Ministries is doing the same for their most vulnerable elderly clients, as well as providing a lifeline to the outside world. Caring Hands' volunteers are the only people they can count on in their time of need.
And in Welch, West Virginia, one of our newest partners, 5 Loaves & 2 Fishes has expanded its operations with longer hours and its volunteers are bringing the food boxes to the clients’ cars, rather than have them come into the building. With our support, these families are able to receive fresh meats, in addition to non-perishable food items and fresh produce.
We commend our partners for their selfless service in these times of great need, and thank our supporters for making this all possible.
Gardening Programs Must Go On
Despite the concern about the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, people in Appalachia still have to eat. Soon, they will be able to grow vegetables in their gardens or in neighborhood community gardens with the help of our newest partners: Sprouting Hope in Marion, Virginia, and Refresh Appalachia in Huntington, West Virginia.
Right now, these two grassroots organizations are depending on our financial support to assist them in helping families in their communities to establish their gardens as the growing season is just beginning.
These projects are vital to the health and well-being of the residents in the communities, and they MUST go on!
Samantha is on her way to becoming a nurse
In Cleveland, Georgia, there is an 18-year-old woman, who we’ll call Samantha, who was working at a dead-end, minimum-wage job with no hopes of advancement.
One of our missions is to enable people like Samantha to receive a little “hand up” to get them over their career hurdles. We are able to do this through vocational assistance programs and small financial grants.
Our partner there, Caring Hands Ministries, helped her find a better job and an opportunity that provided Samantha with the first step in the career field of her choice.
“Thanks to this grant, we were able to purchase her three sets of scrubs and a pair of shoes to help her jump-start her new career,” reported Caring Hands.
Today, Samantha has realized her dream of beginning a career in nursing all thanks to our supporters.