Mercy Clinic Force for Good to issue $40,000 more to area charities

December 23, 2010

Mercy Clinic Force for Good will issue checks to two charitable organizations this afternoon at 1:15 p.m. at Mercy Clinic – Fremont Medical Building, 1965 S. Fremont. The Force for Good is a fund within Mercy Foundation for Community Health, the development arm of Mercy Health System that makes many programs, services and continued outreach possible.

This year’s holiday campaign, Reason for the Season, exceeded campaign goals and will now issue a check for $25,000 to Springfield Public Schools Foundation’s Care to Learn Fund and $15,000 to the Kitchen Clinic.

Local businessman Doug Pitt, the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, local philanthropist Jim D. Morris and a private donor started the Care to Learn fund with the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools to support schools and students in meeting basic needs such as, but not limited to: hunger, health and hygiene.

"Care To Learn is about immediate funding for emergency needs that are disrupting their classroom experience. Upon meeting those needs, my greatest satisfaction is restoring a child's respect and dignity to walk amongst their peers,” Doug Pitt said.

The Kitchen Clinic is the area’s only free primary care and dental clinic in the area. “The Kitchen Clinic helps people gain access to much needed medical care and helps fill a void our community is struggling to address,” said Stuart Stangeland, Mercy Clinic Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer. “It is imperative we continue to support their operations.”

Mercy Clinic donated $75,500 earlier this month to charities that meet the needs of individuals and families across Mercy Clinic communities in Springfield, Rolla, Joplin and Berryville, Ark.

The Salvation Army in Springfield received $60,000 for their annual Christmas Basket program for food and toys and emergency services such as rent, utilities, prescriptions, transportation. Rolla and Joplin’s Salvation Army divisions received $5,000. Additionally Force for Good provided Help Give Hope $2,500 to assist in their Christmas program for families, in particular children in Greene, Webster and Christian Counties and $3,000 to Loaves and Fishes Food Bank in Berryville, Ark. which serves the Carroll County, Ark. area.

About Force for Good

Mercy Clinic Force for Good Fund was established in 2003 as a way for Mercy Clinic physicians and co-workers to give back to the community. It is a fund within Mercy Foundation for Community Health, the development arm of Mercy Health System that makes many programs, services and continued outreach possible. The ongoing initiative has raised more than $1 million dollars.

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