Caring Like Angels & Heroes offers helping hands to neighbors in need

West Chester and Liberty Township are overflowing with good neighbors. A partnership of three compassionate organizations under one caring umbrella, Caring Like Angels & Heroes is designed to strengthen our community by offering help for our neighbors in need. Together, they honor those who often get overlooked: caregivers for the ill and aging; struggling individuals and families; and military heroes. This trio of volunteer-run funds is ready to be called in to action, especially to help local residents.

“We pray every day that they don’t need us, but we are happy to be here if they do,” shares Bill Lack, Co-Chair of Caring Like Angels & Heroes and Chair of The Heroes’ Fund.

Learn how you can make a difference in the lives of your neighbors by partnering with these charitable funds.

Caring Like Karen

Established to honor caregiver Karen Mason, Caring Like Karen awards are given to outstanding caregivers in six categories each year: Hospital/Hospice, Nursing Home/Retirement Community, Home Care, Physician, Child Caregiver, Family Caregiver.

“Karen was my mom’s caregiver and she was a wonderful woman,” explains Patti Alderson, founder of the fund. “Caregivers are the unsung heroes in so many families.”

Each winner is given a special gift, chosen especially for them by their nominator.

“Most caregivers are so selfless, they never think about themselves,” Alderson says. “So, we give a $1,000 surprise gift to each recipient in addition to the award.”

Recipients must reside in and give care to residents of Hamilton, Butler or Warren Counties.

Make an online nomination for the 2018 Caring Like Karen Awards by August 20. The Award Luncheon is September 28.

The Angel Fund

The Angel Fund relies on recommendations from local angels in our community, requesting help on behalf of any neighbor in need who lives, works or attends a church in West Chester or Liberty Township.

“Anybody in the community can refer someone. It’s really about community members helping other community members,” explains Diane Stamp, Co-Chair of The Angel Fund. Stamp is a volunteer leader alongside Co-Chair Donna Leslie.

“We are one-time help for people who have a crisis need that cannot be addressed fully by any other social agency or church in the area,” Stamp adds. “We’ve helped people with such things as non-medical expenses during illness recovery, rent, utility bills, car repairs…we try to get them back on their feet.”

The Angel Fund accepts applications all year. Be an angel and make a referral or a donation online.

The Heroes’ Fund

The Heroes’ Fund was created to serve military families residing in Butler, Hamilton and Warren Counties. Since its start in 2007, it has given more than $140,000.

The Heroes’ Fund manages applications on a case-by-case basis, accepting requests all year. It offers one-time financial assistance to combat-zone veterans as they resolve financial difficulties.

“Some unforeseen emergency comes up—people get laid off from work, or a spouse will lose a job, or have an unforeseen illness—and people, as they are getting back on their feet, get two or three months behind on their house payment or rent, or their car has developed a problem and they can’t get to and from work,” explains Lack, Chair of The Heroes’ Fund. “That’s why we are here.”

Help a hero with a donation or download an application online.