Hospital Donates to Local Charity

UW Hospital Donated to Local Charity to Help Families in NeedMADISON – As the local economy continues to suffer from the national recession, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics has made an unusual donation to The Road Home Dane County, a local organization dedicated to helping homeless families.

For the last several years, hospital staff has received a small gift certificate at the holidays in recognition of their service throughout the year. This year, the $20,000 designated for that purpose has been donated, in the name of hospital staff, to help homeless families and children served by The Road Home (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network).

"More than ever, this is a time for us to expand our help to the community," said hospital President and CEO Donna Katen-Bahensky. "Many people in our area cannot provide even the basics of food and shelter for themselves, and the community organizations that can help may face fewer donations than before. This is a small sacrifice for us, but potentially a big help for those who need it most."

Rachel Krinsky, executive director of The Road Home, expressed thanks.

"This generous donation from the hospital really supports the families who rely on The Road Home for help getting back on their feet," said Krinsky. "We all appreciate the confidence UW Hospital has shown in our efforts to enhance our service to these families."

The Road Home offers shelter, housing stabilization services and programs aimed at helping families attain affordable long-term housing.

As part of UW Health, UW Hospital and Clinics also participates in the health organization's annual holiday drives: Food collection at all UW Health locations for NBC15's Share Your Holidays for Second Harvest; toy collection for Toys for Tots; and Love Lights benefiting the patients and families of UW Health In addition, many UW Health departments are providing food and gifts for families through the Salvation Army.

Date Published: 05/04/2009

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