Unitarians donate to free health clinic
|Dr. Matt Shifflett (right), representing the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Rappahannock in White Stone, presents a $500 check from the church membership to the Northern Neck Free Health Clinic for general operations. Executive assistant John Wilson accepts the year-end donation, which helped reduce the 2008 clinic budget shortfall.|
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Rappahannock in White Stone recently presented a $500 check from the church membership to the Northern Neck Free Health Clinic for general operations.
The clinic relies on community donations to serve the area’s working poor and uninsured, noted Rev. Charles Dameron, chairman of the Clinic Foundation’s Church Committee. While funds fell about 20% short of the annual budget goal, donors came through in a big way during 2008, contributing $500,000 to secure a $1 million endowment through a matching grant from an anonymous donor, he said.
In thanking the Unitarian Universalists, Rev. Dameron said greater involvement from area churches, whether through monetary gifts or volunteer hours, is a clinic goal for 2009. “Our mission is to elevate the health of the community and assist those in need, which complements church missions,” he said.
Every $1 donated results in $4.50 worth of medical, dental and pharmaceutical care. Contributions may be sent to the clinic at P.O. Box 1694, Kilmarnock, VA 22482, or through its website at http://www.nnfhc.com.