United Way of Florence County Palmetto Amputee Network receives funds
The United Way of Florence County recently presented a check in the amount of $2,000 to the Palmetto Amputee Network.
“The Palmetto Amputee Network is a great example of a local non-profit agency making a big impact on a need that many people don’t realize is there in our community,” said United Way of Florence County President Kevin Russell. “After we learned about the work the agency was doing for the amputees in our area, we knew we wanted to work with them and help them further this mission.”
The Palmetto Amputee Network is an all-volunteer organization that aims to empower amputees through networking, education, counseling, and other assistance to meet their needs. The agency begins to provide support immediately following a new amputee’s discharge from the hospital and continues to be an on-going resource to all amputees in the area.
Angel O’Brien, the executive director for the Palmetto Amputee Network, said the funds from the UWFC will be used primarily for the agency’s annual Christmas party for local amputees. She explained that the holidays can be a hard time for many amputees because limb loss often results in job loss and many of the medical supplies that amputees require can be very costly. The agency hopes to use the UWFC funds to not only gift these medical supplies to the amputees, but to also be able to provide gifts for the amputees’ children.
The funding awarded to the Palmetto Amputee Network was part of the funds raised by the UWFC during its 2018-19 campaign. During the allocation process for that campaign, the UWFC’s Community Investment Committee (CIC) elected to keep close to $10,000 of the available funding in reserves in case the community was impacted by a natural disaster, or if any agencies applied for funding outside the CIC process.
The Palmetto Amputee Network is the first agency to receive funding from the reserves, but the committee hopes to continue to award other local non-profits in the coming months.