Force for Good, a project of Mercy Clinic in Mercy's Springfield Communities, is celebrating its tenth anniversary. In winter of 2003, Mercy Clinic doctors and co-workers got out their personal checkbooks to raise funds for local nonprofits. It was so successful, the effort has become a tradition with grants awarded twice each year. So far, Force for Good has given back nearly $1.6 million to the Ozarks. This time, seven local organizations are receiving grants totaling $105,490:
The Arc of the Ozarks $15,500
The money will be used to purchase and replace durable equipment for people with developmental disabilities.
Nova Center of the Ozarks $5,000
The grant will be used to fund additional dental services for the developmentally disabled.
Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition $16,650
The funds will support the Dig in R-12 (DIRT) schoolyard garden project.
Hillcrest High School $5,000
The money will fund the Hornet Loft clothing and shoe bank.
Ronald McDonald Tooth Truck $9,340
The grant will fund the purchase of two new dental chairs.
Community Medication Access Program $50,000
A joint project of Mercy and CoxHealth, the program provides prescription assistance for those without insurance who are unable to afford their medications.
Good Samaritan Care Clinic $4,000
Located in Mountain View, Mo., the clinic serves uninsured patients. The money will purchase diabetic testing supplies and medication.