Why I am a Champion for this Cause
“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhuman.”
-Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1966 at the Medical Committee for Human Rights
Close to 50 years later, this quote still rings true and in Tompkins County as many as 28% of adults have no health insurance.
Can you be a Health Ally and support health care as a human right?
Please consider making a donation to the Ithaca Free Clinic, a small program with big outcomes.
Your donation to the Clinic will help:
- equalize access to health care
- keep our doors open and the lights on
- our 4 paid staff and over 100 volunteers provide free medical and holistic services to more than 1300 community members a year
- save low-income uninsured area residents a minimum of $178,000 in medical expenses per year.
The Ithaca Free Clinic, a program of the Ithaca Health Alliance, is here with 100% free services when you have no health insurance or cannot afford holistic services elsewhere. When you come to the Clinic you don’t have to worry about coming up with the money needed to pay a doctor’s office or acupuncturist. Instead you are able to focus on feeling better, prevention, and education.
I am so lucky to work at this organization and I’d love to help bring in more funds to give the Health Alliance the financial security we need. One of our major donors moved out of town, another donor reduced their donation, and a community event donated elsewhere. So with just three donors changing their designations, last year we were $30,000 in the red. This means we “live” donation to donation, grant to grant (like our patients live paycheck to paycheck). As of August 1st, 2013, our current income will fund our programs and staff through the end of the month and after that we will have to use up our reserves to fund us another year.
DID YOU KNOW…
- The Ithaca Free Clinic is widely known as the first medically integrated Free Clinic in the US.
- We’ve operated Ithaca Free Clinic since 2006 (seven years). We’ve served more than 6,000 people through over 17,000 patient visits in that time.