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The Philanthropy Corner for April 23rd-29th

Good Neighbor Free Medical Clinic 

Health professional volunteers at work at Good Neighbor Free Medical Clinic’s offices on Lady’s Island.
Health professional volunteers at work at Good Neighbor Free Medical Clinic’s offices on Lady’s Island.

What do you get when you pull together 100 individuals in a 24 hour online fundraiser? If you’re Good Neighbor Free Medical Clinic of Beaufort, the answer is $30,000 to provide free primary medical care to low-income, uninsured adults in Beaufort County. This year, the Clinic hopes to repeat that success through Lowcountry Giving Day, happening this year on May 5th.

Good Neighbor Free Medical Clinic, located on Lady’s Island, serves hundreds of patients every year, 75% of whom live below the federal poverty line. Despite their low-income status, they do not qualify for government assistance with health insurance, making the Clinic’s services invaluable.

“We take great pride in accepting every eligible person who comes through the door,” explained Wendy Nagy, volunteer and Board Chair of the Clinic. “Thanks to Lowcountry Giving Day 2014, we were able to do that again over the past year.”

The Clinic’s success with Lowcountry Giving Day 2014 was no accident. Volunteers, staff and board members spread the word through social media, community message boards, mailbox flyers and a party for volunteers on Dataw Island.

Last year, the Clinic raised just over $15,000 from over 100 new donors, which unlocked another $15,000 in matching grants. Incredibly, 70 of those donors were first time donors to the Clinic who reside on Dataw Island.

Good Neighbor Free Medical Clinic is once again gathering support for their participation in the second year of Lowcountry Giving Day. To learn more about the Clinic and Lowcountry Giving Day, visit www.gnfmcbeaufort.org and www.lowcountrygivingday.org.

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