Care for people experiencing poverty. Anonymous donors established the Humanitarian Relief Fund as a permanently endowed fund with a gift of $50,000. The Fund provides financial assistance to individuals who wish to participate in humanitarian relief efforts that improve the health and well-being of people living in underserved and vulnerable communities around the world.
The fund provides three grants awarded up to $350 each to individuals seeking to volunteer in humanitarian relief efforts who might otherwise be unable to participate due to financial constraints. To further encourage and support individuals to pursue such efforts, Winona Health will match each award from the Humanitarian Relief Fund for a total award up to $700.
The primary purpose of the trip must be in the delivery of humanitarian relief efforts to improve the health and well-being of underserved areas. Individuals employed by Winona Health or one of its subsidiaries may apply for a grant through the Humanitarian Relief Fund. Additional consideration may be given to immediate family members volunteering alongside an employee. Although there is no limit to household income of the applicant, the fund is intended for individuals who may not otherwise have the financial resources to participate in a humanitarian relief effort.
Interested individuals may complete an application by October 1 of the year preceding the intended trip. A committee of three to five Winona Health Community Engagement members and Winona Health employee(s) will review applications and determine award amounts. Grant recipients will be expected to share their experiences with Winona Health employees and/or the community in an open forum.
Learn about the Guatemala trip funded in 2013:
Dear Winona Health Foundation/Donors,
I wanted to personally thank you for your generous donation for my upcoming mission trip to Guatemala. I am overwhelmed with your kindness and generosity! What a blessing! I realize this is truly a privilege to receive this and so I will do my best to “pay it forward” and bless my patients and coworkers there in Jalpatagua. I truly am thankful to work at Winona Health where there are kind people like you who have a care and concern for those less fortunate in other parts of the world. As you know, the needs are many but I also know that we CAN make a difference-one person at a time. In the words of the “brilliant philosopher” Dr. Seuss: “You may be only one person in the world, but you may be the world to that one person!” I truly believe this.
With blessings and many, many thanks to each of you,
Donna Sheets, CRNA