This year, Hamilton County Tourism decided to pause the "holiday crazy" to honor the people for whom giving is not only an act, but a lifestyle in Hamilton County. Learn more about Tourism Gives here.
Imagine you're in desperate need of medical attention or find yourself in a domestic crisis situation. Alone and scared, you realize your next paycheck will not arrive until a week from now and just feel...stuck. What happens next?
Unfortunately, this situation is not an act of imagination for thousands of people in Hamilton County. Whether someone is plagued with pneumonia or suffering in silence as a victim of domestic abuse, real people need real medical help regardless of income.
Julie Schrader from Prevail of Hamilton County and Medina Daisi Olamoyegun from Trinity Free Clinic are heroes in Hamilton County helping people heal.
Last year, Prevail served more than 2,500 victims of crime and abuse through a 24-hour crisis intervention hotline, advocacy, counseling and more. Prevail offers all services free of charge, so the organization relies on donations and people like Julie Schrader to save and change lives.
Julie has been giving her time to Prevail as a facilitator for adult sexual assault support groups for about a year. Julie believes in helping to empower those who've had power and control taken from them and giving these victims a voice.
"Julie is very dedicated," said Susan Ferguson, Prevail executive director. "Being a co-facilitator is not only a time commitment but an emotional commitment as well."
To help Prevail empower the many hurting people that pass through their doors, you can give in a few different ways:
1. Donate funds. Click here to financially support Prevail's mission.
2. Donate items. Click here to see Prevail's wish list of items they always need.
3. Volunteer. Prevail is looking for volunteers to fill positions like front office workers, group facilitators and assistants. Click here to learn more and fill out an application.
While Prevail helps those who are victims of crime and abuse, Trinity Free Clinic helps those who are victims of circumstance. Last year, Trinity served 4,296 patients who wouldn't normally be able to afford health care. With more patients each year, Trinity Free Clinic relies on people like Medina Daisi Olamoyegun to make care count for every patient.
Medina Daisi Olamoyegun originally came the U.S. from Nigeria to study microcomputer processing in college. Medina first visited to the Trinity Free Clinic as a patient and received treatment when her insurance wouldn't pay for crucial dental work. The clinic went on to help her mother, mother-in-law, uncle and aunt from Nigeria. When Medina decided to go back to school to study nursing, she decided that she would return to the clinic as a volunteer upon completion of her board exam. In the past year alone, she has given more than 135 hours to the clinic.
"We are grateful to have Medina as a member of our clinic family, said Autumn Zawadski, Trininty Free Clinic's director of marketing. "Her generosity is a shining example of the attitude of giving and service makes the clinic a special place for the patients we serve every year."
To follow Medina's selfless example, you too can give to Trinity Free Clinic's patients in a variety of ways:
1. Volunteer. Trinity Free Clinic is currently accepting volunteers for all positions, but is especially in need of:
a. Spanish interpreters
b. Arabic interpreters
d. Physical therapists
e. Social services
f. X-Ray Certified Assistants (Dental Clinic)
Click here to fill out a registration form.
2. Donate. Click here to make a monetary contribution, or donate gently used or new books, Band-Aids, new office supplies, new dental supplies such as toothbrushes and toothpaste, K-cups or snacks for volunteers.
Thank you for your tireless giving to Hamilton County, Julie and Medina!
For long-term support of Hamilton County charitable organizations through the Legacy Fund, click here.
Also, enter to win this week's "get one, give one" prize! Each week there will be give away for a pair of prizes so you can enjoy one prize and give the other away to someone special.