Franklin County non-profits band together to create ‘safety net’ for those in need during the current health crisis

Coronavirus

(Courtesy: franklincountyva.gov)

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Nonprofit and government agencies in Franklin County joined together to provide services to those in need during the current coronavirus crisis. These services include food distribution, non-food items such as paper products and cleaning supplies, and referrals.

“While we all offer different services and may have a different focus, today we are pulling together to present a united front for our citizens,” said Marc Crouse, STEP Executive Director. 

STEP is one of the many organizations involved in these safety net services. Other agencies include the United Way of Roanoke Valley, the Franklin County Department of Social Services, Faith Network, Tri-Area Community Health Center, the Franklin County Free Clinic (Bernard Health Center), the Franklin County Family Resource Center, Southern Area Agency of Aging, the Franklin County Department on Aging, and The Franklin Center.

“There is a reason why we are called ‘community’ resources. I am proud to work with such willing and able partners to meet the needs of our friends and neighbors in this time of crisis. I know that together we will come out of this time better and stronger.”

Deborah Powell, Director II of Franklin County Department of Social Services.

Those in need of these services should contact 2-1-1 VIRGINIA, where a professional will refer you to a local agency to assist with your needs. All referrals are confidential and you can search for these same services online.

Those who want to volunteer or need volunteers can contact Hands on Blue Ridge, an online portal that connects volunteers with nonprofit agencies that deliver services throughout the Roanoke Valley and in Franklin County.

These agencies encourage companies, schools, and industries to share any additional food supplies with those in need. Those interested in donating may call Pam Chitwood at United Way, (540) 489-1525.

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