October 12, 2018
Recognizing the vulnerability of individuals who—through age, illness, or serious injury—are confined to long-term care facilities, the federal government has mandated each state must provide an independent organization specifically tasked with advocating on behalf of residents, investigating complaints made by or on behalf of a resident, and assisting them in exercising their civil rights. October is Residents' Rights Month, and Legal Aid of WV's (LAWV) Ombudsman program is the organization who advocates for West Virginians in long-term or elder care.
Two rewards programs, Amazon Smile and Kroger Community Rewards, have been dedicated to fundraising for the Ombudsman program and LAWV. Signing up and using these simple programs can make a big difference in the rights of West Virginians in care facilities
If supporting those in elder and long-term care is something you would like be a part of, below you will find the instructions on how to sign up for both Amazon Smile and Kroger Community Rewards in order to support LAWV's Ombudsman Program.
Amazon Smile supports Legal Aid’s mission without any out-of-pocket cost. All you have to do is shop online at Amazon like you normally would, and part of your purchase total will go directly to Legal Aid of West Virginia’s Ombuds Program. To use Amazon Smile, go to www.smile.amazon.com and login to your Amazon account. From there, you can select your charity of choice. Legal Aid of West Virginia is how we will be listed. Once you select us, anytime you shop on Amazon, if you start at smile.amazon.com, part of your purchase will go to the Ombuds Program.
1. Enter "smile.amazon.com" in your browser address bar.
2. Shop and place your order.
3. Amazon donates to long-term elder care in WV.
Kroger Community Rewards works similarly to Amazon Smile. All you have to do is shop at Kroger like you normally would, scan your Kroger Plus card at checkout, and Kroger will donate.
To join, go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com and login to your account using your Kroger Plus card. From there, you can select your charity of choice. Legal Aid of West Virginia is how we will be listed. Once you select us, anytime you shop at Kroger and use your Kroger Plus card, a donation will go to Legal Aid.
4. Register your Kroger Plus card at krogercommunityrewards.com.
5. Scan your Kroger Plus account when you shop.
6. Kroger donates to Legal Aid and long-term elder care advocacy in WV.
It’s a small way to make a BIG difference!