Realtors® Deliver Meals to Hospital Staff and Donate to Food Bank

By Kim Shindle | May 11, 2020 | 2 min. read

Realtors® from the West Branch Valley Association of Realtors® are working to make a difference in their community during the pandemic and the association used a PAR Century of Service Grant to help with their efforts.

Recently the Realtors® delivered hundreds of meals to the housekeeping staff at UPMC Williamsport, UPMC Muncy, Divine Providence Hospital, Geisinger Jersey Shore and UPMC Lock Haven.

“Many companies have been recognizing doctors and nurses during the pandemic, but we wanted to honor the unsung heroes who also help to stop the spread of the coronavirus in hospitals,” said Sarah Boyer, president-elect of WBVAR. “A friend who works in a hospital told me how she watched the housekeeping staff completely cleaning a room from the ceiling to the floors, disinfecting the space and how thoroughly they did that. They’re responsible for an important aspect of the hospital disinfecting process and sometimes get overlooked.”

Boyer said the staff were grateful for the meals. “Their gratitude was heartwarming,” she said. “It’s just a really great feeling when you give back to your community. Our Member Services Committee all remarked that we need to continue to do activities like this, not just during the pandemic.”

In addition, the association donated $1,100 to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank in Williamsport. The association allocated funding toward their efforts and received donations from members as well. “People gave what they could and we were overwhelmed by the response,” Boyer said.

“We are so thankful to the West Branch Valley Association of Realtors® for providing much-needed support to our Crisis Response,” said Joe Arthur, executive director of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. “The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and its partner network have provided nearly 50% more food in the last month than the same time last year and we believe demand will grow further as the economic crisis continues. Support like this also helps us provide the healthiest foods available.”

Some partners of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank have reported triple the amount of people seeking food assistance over the past two months. With Pennsylvania now having the second highest unemployment claim totals in the nation, the Food Bank expects demand for its services to continue to rise and expects to serve record high demand for months. The Food Bank continues to adapt each day and week to maintain a sustained response to this crisis.

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