What is the HELP Health Equipment Loan Program, Inc.?

H.E.L.P., the Health Equipment Loan Program, also sometimes known as the HELP Medical Closet, is a community-based free loan program for durable medical equipment.

H.E.L.P. began in 2014 as a way to serve the local community. Research led us to believe that we had both a need and a readily available supply of used durable medical equipment. The gently used pieces were collected from businesses and individuals in the community. A location was found. Volunteers for manning the medical closet and for some pick-up and deliveries stepped up to the task.

Equipment Loans are free regardless of financial circumstance. The standard loan for most durable equipment is three (3) months. Hospital beds are loaned for six months. Please call to renew if you need your loan longer.

Operational Changes During the Pandemic

Following the recommendations by Virginia's Governor during the COVID-19 pandemic, HELP is meeting clients via curbside service. Extra precautions are being taken for everyone's safety. It includes cleanliness, disinfecting, and the curbside service. Please stay in your car until a volunteer comes out to help you. Wear a mask to receive service. If you don't have one and need one, washable and reusable masks are available.

When leaving a message, please speak clearly and slowly so that we are able to get all of your information.

Messages left on Facebook private messenger are answered by volunteers who are often not in the HELP Facility so please be patient for a response.

After paperwork has been completed at the front, equipment returns and new donations are accepted at the back of the building. Signage will direct you.

HELP Is Undergoing an Important Capital Campaign.

Capital Campaign Goal Image

We need additional space to serve more people in need of medical supplies. We are excited to offer the convenience of making one time or scheduled monthly donations through our secure website to help us with our capital campaign. HELP is growing and needs to buy the building we are in or move. After looking at a number of options, it was decided to buy the building and needs your help to do this. In a short period of time, we have to raise $200,000. The nice thing about this is it gives us an opportunity to expand into a larger space, which is greatly needed considering our enormous growth.

In 2019, HELP averaged saving its clients over $15,000 in medical equipment expenses each month. Even during this pandemic, which closed many businesses, we have been meeting clients by appointment and curbside service. Even with these changes, our service to the community shows consistent growth trending upward for this service to our clients as compared to last year.

Our current progress puts us at over 95% of our $200,000 goal. We are in the process of buying the building, jumping through the necessary hoops to get it done. Watch for updates here and on Facebook.

Support HELP with
Amazon Smile and Kroger Community Rewards Programs

Amazon Smile and Kroger Community Rewards Program

By connecting your Kroger Account to HELP, you may donate with every purchase without spending any additional money. Amazon Smile is a similar program, whereby when you use your Amazon account, go to Amazon Smile, your purchase automatically donates a small percentage to HELP without spending any additional money. Follow the instructions in this Word document to link your accounts. Then go about your normal business and in the background you are helping HELP with each and every purchase.

Download Word document here.

HELP receives Shen Valley Electric Round Up Program Grant

HELP Receives February Shenandoah Valley Electric Operation Round Up

HELP was one of the February 2021 Recipients for Shenandoah Valley Electrical Cooperative's Operation Round Up Program. The leadership teams stands in front of our building with its new sign.

HELP Has Become Its Own 501(3)(c) Nonprofit Organization.

Mailings may be sent to:

P.O. Box 76
Churchville, VA 24421

Items accepted at the H.E.L.P. are:

  • Wheelchairs & Rollators
  • Bedside Commodes
  • Toilet Seat Risers / Frames
  • Bath Benches / Shower Seats
  • Swivel Seats
  • Standard Walkers
  • Canes and Crutches
  • Safety Frames / Shower Benches
  • Nebulizers
  • Blood Pressure Cuffs
  • Chair Cushions
  • Wheelchair ramps
  • Assistive Devices
    • Grabbers, Zipper Pulls, Buttoner, Long Handled Shoe Horn, Sock Assist, Leg Lifters
    • Tub Grab Bars
    • Walker Attachments
    • Bed rails & Leg / Wedge Pillows
    • Built Up Utensils, Divided Plate
    • Cloth Incontinent Pads
  • Over-Bed Table
  • Sealed Accessories / Consumable Supplies / Non-prescription
    • Chucks, Incontinence Briefs
    • Self Catheters, Tubing
    • Briefs & pads, bibs
    • O2 and Nebulizer Tubing
    • Gauze, bandages
    • Isolations gowns, masks
    • Colostomy & Catheter bags, medical specialist to supervise
    • Slings, brace stabilizers, ace wrap

Items that H.E.L.P can't accept are:

We cannot accept these items:

  • Medications
  • Syringes
  • CPAP / BiPAP machines
  • Equipment requiring a prescription to set

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