ASHLAND — The Ashland Christian Health Center is trying something new this year with its annual fundraiser running through January.
The nonprofit, which works to provide medical assistance to uninsured and underinsured citizens of Ashland county, has historically had its fundraiser in the form of a dinner. With the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ACHC is adopting a new form of fundraising that is entirely video-based.
“We weren’t sure where January would bring us,” said Executive Director Cheryl Benway. “We wanted to take precaution but still be proactive.”
Having set a fundraising goal of $50,000, Benway is optimistic. She said the center has already earned $14,000.
To help with the fundraising efforts, the Center will also raffle off a Traeger grill. Tickets will be available for $25.
In addition to hosting clinics every Tuesday and Saturday, the ACHC offers chronic disease care, diabetic education, respiratory therapy and counseling, among other services. The Health Center also has a charitable pharmacy, making prescription medication available for those who require it but are unable to pay for it themselves.
Benway estimates that approximately 30% of its patients are unpaid visitors.
Misty Welch is the Nursing Director of the Health Center. While discussing the charitable pharmacy, she said, “I assist patients or physicians in our community to apply to the program to get medications–sometimes free medication for a full year–including insulin.”
The ACHC also cleans and services donated medical equipment, such as wheelchairs and crutches, which are given for free to anyone who needs them.
When asked about the effect of the pandemic on the Center’s operations, Welch said the center never closed.
“We have just adapted. We now offer virtual appointments if patients are uncomfortable coming inside,” Welch said.
The Center is volunteer-based, with approximately 25 volunteers on a weekly basis.
For more information about the video fundraiser or to sign up as a volunteer, visit the website.
The Life section is supported by Brethren Care Village in Ashland.