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Clinic volunteers receive key to city

The Inter-Mountain photo by Edgar Kelley Elkins Mayor Van Broughton, front right, hands a Key to the City to Davis Health System’s Chad Ware during Thursday’s COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Clinic at the Phil Gainer Community Center. The key was awarded to all of the volunteers who have made the clinics successful. Ware has been the clinics’ coordinator.

ELKINS — For months volunteers have dedicated their time and effort to making sure the weekly COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Clinics at the Phil Gainer Community Center run as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

On Thursday, Elkins Mayor Van Broughton acknowledged all of their hard work and perseverance and presented them with a Key to the City.

“We have a great story here in our community and it begins with the countless volunteers that have dedicated their time at this clinic,” Broughton said. “Being out and about, I’ve had a lot of citizens in Randolph County reach out to me and tell me how good of a job all of the volunteers are doing.

“Being the mayor of Elkins, I hear good stuff and a lot of bad stuff. But this is something I’ve never heard anything bad about, it’s been nothing but positive comments. So I want to personally thank everyone on behalf of the City of Elkins for a job well done.”

Davis Health System’s Chad Ware, the vaccination clinics’ coordinator, said he was happy to see public recognition for all of the volunteers and groups that have dedicated countless hours of their time.

“This clinic does not run the way it does without the volunteers,” Ware said. “People from so many different entities throughout the community have come and put in over 18,000 volunteer hours. So this is a great way for them to be honored and is the main reason why when Mayor Broughton asked me all about it, I said yes. These folks definitely deserve the recognition.”

Including Thursday’s vaccinations, close to 300 individual volunteers have helped the clinic administer more than 8,000 doses during the 12 clinics held at the PGCC.

“What we are doing is more than just a vaccination clinic, it’s a way to serve others,” Ware said. “We’ve had so many different groups come together for one common cause and that’s what it’s all about, it’s about the people.”

Entities involved in the clinic include: Davis Medical Center, Valley Health Care, The Randolph-Elkins Health Department, Mountain Hospice, Res Care, Office of Emergency Management/911 Center, Randolph County EMS, The National Guard, WVSOM, Highmark Health, The City of Elkins, The Phil Gainer Center, Elkins Parks and Recreation, and the Davis & Elkins College and Alderson Broaddus University Nursing Programs.

Area groups who have sponsored meals for the volunteers include: Witness-Service Committee of Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Women, Tanner Lumber, Tom and Judy Ritchie, Mountain Valley Bank, Rotary Club of Elkins, First United Methodist Church and FUM Women’s and Men’s Group, Colonial Court Service Station, Mountain Memories, and Elkins Rehabilitation and Care Center (ERCC).

Those who have provided lunches to the clinic include: Subway, 1863 Appalachian Bistro, Smoke on the Water, Vintage Restaurant & Wine Bar, Great Harvest Bakery, Duke’s Restaurant, Papa John’s, Gino’s Pizza and Spaghetti House, and Davis Medical Center’s Chatters Cafeteria.

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