Article by the Northwest Minnesota Foundation
Sarah Wieland, who works in the lab at RiverView Health in Crookston, has been honored by the Northwest Minnesota Foundation as she was named a COVID Community Hero for her ongoing efforts to serve her community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a Green Star hero, Wieland will receive a $500 pay-it-forward donation to a charity of her choice in the 12-county northwest Minnesota region, a thank you gift, and recognition and celebration of the efforts she has made on behalf of her community. Wieland has chosen to direct the donation to the RiverView Foundation.
The Northwest Minnesota Foundation (NMF) announced the COVID Community Heroes Campaign earlier this year, inviting the public to nominate individuals, nonprofits, and businesses that have made a positive impact on their communities during these challenging times.
Wieland was nominated for her efforts on behalf of the community on multiple fronts, including her work in the lab and picking up extra shifts.
“(Sarah) and her team work tirelessly helping the community members stay healthy,” wrote her nominator. “RiverView was one of the first to implement masks as part of their pandemic policies and other important PPE came to follow. PPE isn't always easy to work in but she never complained and always has put safety first.”
Outside of work, Wieland arranged to have food safely delivered to COVID-19 patients who were unable to visit the store, and also sewed masks for many family and friends.
“She has gone above and beyond to make sure everyone is staying healthy and safe during this time,” her nominator wrote.
The Northwest Minnesota Foundation is a public, charitable foundation serving 12 counties of Northwest Minnesota by investing resources, facilitating collaboration and promoting philanthropy.