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UniCare donates $134,000 in grants for COVID-19 response

During these unprecedented times, UniCare Health Plan of West Virginia, Inc. and its Foundation remain committed to supporting members, community-based organizations, and frontline responders. We share a passion for advancing health and wellness in West Virginia, so we directed $134,000 in grants to make a positive impact in the communities we serve. These grants to community-based organizations will support healthcare workers and first responders, access to food and shelter for the homeless, and other vital community needs and resources during COVID-19.

The grants are going to several community-based organizations in West Virginia:

Manna Meal — A hunger relief organization in downtown Charleston, WV will use their $20,000 grant to serve meals to individuals and families that include the homeless, mentally challenged, under-employed workers, as well as people who cannot make ends meet during this challenging time. 

Mountaineer Food Bank will receive a $20,000 grant towards the COVID-19 Response Fund designed to support communities, families, children and individuals struggling with hunger.

Facing Hunger Foodbank will utilize their $15,000 grant for immediate food distribution, in coordination with their member agencies, to those currently seeking emergency hunger relief resources.

YWCA Charleston’s $10,000 grant will provide children, women and families with additional emergency shelter and supportive services. The funding will also provide cleaning supplies to support the ongoing and urgent need to maintain the cleanliness of their 10,000 square foot facility during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additional grant recipients from UniCare Health Plan of West Virginia, Inc. include West Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness, The Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling, The Salvation Army, Children’s Home Society, Family Crisis Intervention Center, Heart and Hand, Mason County Baby Pantry, among others.

These efforts are part of UniCare’s coordinated response to COVID-19 for members, local community organizations, healthcare workers and frontline responders. UniCare has also provided ongoing member support for those that may have an increased need during this crisis, including virtual check-ins for high-risk members impacted by immunosuppression, chronic conditions, or social isolation. These virtual check-ins assess if members need help addressing medical care, telehealth access, medications, food insecurity, or isolation. The support provided by the UniCare Health Plan of West Virginia, Inc. and its Foundation will evolve to meet the ever growing and changing needs of plan members and their communities.

The UniCare Foundation continues to support national partners such as the American Red Cross, AmeriCares, Direct Relief, and Mental Health America to ensure access to emergency assistance for individuals and families.