The Sisters Health Foundation seeks opportunities to collaborate and engage in special initiatives with other organizations and philanthropic partners on a local, state, and national level. Collaboration is an important part of our work. Strengthening collaborative relationships is a key part of our mission and modeling collective leadership is a core value of the Congregation of St. Joseph. A few examples of special initiatives we have engaged in include:
- Collaborating with the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation on convening backpack programs for networking and education about childhood hunger in our region.
- Collaborating with the Athens Foundation and the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation of Nelsonville on the Bounty in the Pantries initiative to address the lack of capacity in southeast Ohio food pantries to receive, store, and distribute healthy foods. Since 2013, $175,000 has been awarded to area food pantries.
- Collaborating with the Benedum Foundation, McDonough Foundation, West Virginia Council of Churches, Huntington Food Bank, Mountaineer Food Bank, WV Office of Homeland Security, Step-by-Step, and VOAD to research and test best strategies for providing electricity/solar power to food pantries during natural disasters.
- Collaborating with West Virginians for Affordable Health Care, Highmark West Virginia, the Benedum Foundation, Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, and the Office of the Insurance Commissioner to support nonprofits in outreach and enrollment in Medicaid and the Health Insurance Marketplace. Thirty-five organizations across West Virginia received up to $5,000 to develop healthcare assister programs and public education presentations.