Good Samaritan Foundation announces 2009 Community Funding Allocations

The Good Samaritan Health Center Foundation has announced recipients for its 2009 community funding allocations.

Through its fundraising efforts, this year, the Good Samaritan Foundation will award nearly $20,000 dollars to ten area agencies to fund programs to help those in need in the Merrill community.

Including this years recipients, the Foundations annual community allocation process has provided more than $60,000 to Merrill area agencies over the past three years.

The vision of Good Samaritan Health Center Foundation is to identify health needs, sponsor programs and/or services that shape the quality and availability of health care, and to enhance the health and well-being of all people in Merrill and the surrounding communities.

Recipients of Community Allocations from the Good Samaritan Foundation in 2009 are:

  • “Our Time” Adult Social Respite Program $1,000
    Merrill Senior Center
    This program supports the needs of those affected by Alzheimer’s and other related dementia by providing a structured program in a protective setting while attending to the needs of the caregivers.
  • “After the Bell” After School Program $1,000
    Lincoln County UW-Extension/After the Bell Steering Committee
    This program is a free opportunity for middle school youth to participate in enrichment activities through the support of community organizations and businesses, Merrill Area Public Schools and Lincoln County UW-Extension 4-H Youth Development. This program provides a safe place for students to learn new skills during critical afternoon hours.
  • Community Food Pantry - Merrill $5,000
    The Community Food Pantry’s mission and purpose is to serve neighbors in need in cooperation with other people of goodwill. It is the only food pantry serving Merrill’s area-wide population
  • Comunidad Hispana $3,020
    Comunidad Hispana provides services to area Hispanics who are underrepresented and underserved. This agency provides education and outreach in areas of health and well-being, including women’s health, child development, nutrition, diabetes, dental health, and alcohol/drug and domestic abuse.
  • Cribs for Kids – Lincoln County $480
    Lincoln County Health Department
    This program’s mission is to reduce infant deaths by providing an appropriate sleep environment through education and safe cribs. Cribs for Kids for infants from low-income families, who are at risk of dying from SIDS or accidental suffocation.
  • Fit 4 Life – High School Fit Lab $1,000
    Merrill High School
    The emphasis of this program is to teach students to perform a variety of workouts which will increase flexibility, muscular endurance, muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance. The workout will enhance their overall wellness and hopefully become habits that will lead to lifelong physical fitness.
  • Saint Vincent de Paul Free Clinic $3,500
    The Free Clinic’s vision of social responsibility is that all people, regardless of race or income, deserve basic health care services. The Clinic offers basic medical care to Lincoln County residents who do not have access to health care. Funding from the Good Samaritan Foundation will support an enhanced prescription medication program for Uninsured Lincoln County Residents.
  • Employee Advised Fund $1,000
    Good Samaritan Health Center
    Inspired by a commitment to social responsibility, employees of Good Samaritan Health Center have a tradition of giving to local charitable causes. The Employee Advised Fund has been designed for employees to make a group contribution through payroll deductions. The Good Samaritan Foundation encourages charitable giving among employees and acknowledges the importance of employee involvement and contributions to local issues.
  • Healthy Snacks for After School Tutoring $487
    Washington Elementary School
    Washington Elementary School provides after school tutoring to students who are struggling in the classroom. Healthy snacks will be provided to the students that attend the tutoring sessions.
  • Suicide Awareness & Prevention Project $2,500
    Lincoln County Health Care Center/Lincoln County Health Department
    The Suicide Awareness and Prevention Project will increase awareness and prevention of suicide, a devastating health problem to the residents of Lincoln County. During 2000-2004, Lincoln County residents had suicide listed as the primary cause of death with a mortality rate of 20.7 per 100,000 population; the highest number in Wisconsin.
  • “Take a Break” $1,000
    Lincoln County Respite Committee
    The goal of Lincoln County Respite Committee is to provide financial support for families in need of respite care for their children with disabilities ages 0 to 18 in Lincoln County. This organization provides parents with special needs children the opportunity to schedule certified providers to care for their children.

“We are thrilled to support these community agencies that are consistent with the mission and vision of our Foundation, Good Samaritan Health Center and Ministry Health Care,” said Foundation Director Kathy Brecke. “These annual allocations are the backbone of our continued effort to support agencies that are making a tremendous difference for those in need in the Merrill Community.”

The Good Samaritan Foundation organizes various efforts to support Good Samaritan Health Center. From the Annual Golf Outing to planned giving programs seeking to develop long term funding sources for future needs, the work of the Foundation directly benefits the health and well being of the Merrill community.

A member of Ministry Health Care, Good Samaritan Health Center is sponsored by the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother (SSM). It is a primary care hospital providing inpatient care and surgery, outpatient surgery, oncology services, spiritual services, extended care, a full range of therapy, radiology and laboratory services as well as respite, emergency, and walk-in clinic services. The mission of the organization is to further the healing ministry of Jesus by continually improving the health and well-being of all people, especially the poor.

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