HCCF announces start of Disaster Recovery Fund

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Jacob Miller is pictured with a video laryngoscope, one of the items purchased by Humboldt County Memorial Hospital through a Disaster Recover Fund created by the Humboldt County Community Foundation. The device is a new advance in intubating patients. Submitted photo.

Humboldt County has a new way of helping the most vulnerable in our community during times of declared disasters.
The Humboldt County Community Foundation (HCCF) has established a Disaster Recovery Fund (DRF) to support the most negatively impacted populations as they face the effects of COVID-19.
“The flexibility of the fund will ensure that the community will be able to respond to needs that are not being met by existing non-profit, local, state and federal programs,” Humboldt County Community Foundation President Alissa O’Connor said in announcing the program.
To kick-start the effort, the Community Foundation’s Advisory Board has committed an immediate $50,000 to the DRF. Those funds come from a percentage of endowed funds to the Foundation and about $10,000 from the general grant funds.
The initial gift included a $38,172.39 donation to Humboldt County Memorial Hospital for purchase of video laryngoscope, multi-oxygen administrator, BreathSaver Plus bags and personal protective equipment.
“We truly appreciate this gift during these uncertain times. Gifts like these help keep our hospital vital and be able to protect our staff, patients, residents and tenants during this unprecedented public health disaster,” Hospital CEO Michelle Sleiter said. Read more about this story in this week's Humboldt Independent, your trusted source for local news and sports.

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