“The response has been both heartening and significant,” said acting CEO Mark Palmer. “While we realize that our financial needs will not be solved based on individual donations alone, people in our community want to be part of the solution and feel that responsibility. They also understand the huge financial burden this will place on all of us if these folks are left to rely on the emergency room as their primary source to receive healthcare.”
After a press briefing on May 22, asking the community for direct financial support for operational costs through November 2013 in order to implement SBNC’s plan for long-term sustainability, donations have been steadily coming in. In some cases, other community based organizations have banded together to help fundraise on behalf of the Clinics. Some examples include:
Santa Barbara based World Dance for Humanity, Inc., held a dance party benefit, raising $5,000 in support of the Clinics.
Pacific Western Bank held an open house for its new branch opening where Lynda Nahra, President of the Pacific Coast Region presented a check to SBNC’s Board Chair, Gary Gray for $15,000 in support of the neighborhood clinics, with an additional $2,500 pending from accounts opened during their grand opening.
· The Mithun Family Foundation has come forward with a $15,000 pledge to SBNC in support of its mission
Individuals in the Santa Barbara community are coming forward with private donations and offering their time and talent to help in any way they can.
To date, over $50,000 has been raised and SBNC hopes and believes that this initial success will inspire others, including local foundations, businesses and philanthropists, to join in the effort to raise 1.5 million dollars.
SBNC provides healthcare to more than 16,000 patients annually with over 56,000 clinician visits and over 70,000 total patient visits, 95% of who are uninsured or underinsured. The mission of Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics is to provide high quality, comprehensive, affordable healthcare to all people, regardless of their ability to pay, in an environment that fosters respect, compassion and dignity. Donations may be made online at www.sbclinics.com, by phone at (805) 617-7869 or mailed to Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics, 1900 State St., Suite G, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.For more information, visit www.sbclinics.com.