Fahe’s President and CEO, Jim King, has taken up the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. ALS stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and is also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”. It is a progressive degenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. The ALS association is the leader in research, care services, public education, and public policy surrounding ALS. If you’re interested in helping to find a cure for ALS, you can make a donation here.
Because of how precious water is to Appalachia and other rural areas, Jim decided to accept his challenge in a way that is respectful to the needs surrounding clean drinking water and is uniquely Appalachian.
In Appalachia and many other rural American areas, water is a major concern. According to the last American Community Survey, nearly 630,000 occupied households lack complete plumbing. This translates to roughly 1.6 million people living in a home that is missing one or more of the following: a toilet, a bathtub or shower, or running water. In Appalachia, approximately 19,000 homes lack complete plumbing.
If you want to make a difference in providing clean drinking water and indoor plumbing solutions to Appalachia, then you can make a donation to Fahe here.