Why your support counts!
It’s the time of year when your mailbox is filled with appeals from many worthy community non-profits, and yet, I’m writing in hopes that you will place the Good Neighbor Health Clinics at the top of your list when it comes to annual giving. This year the Board updated our mission to read, “The Good Neighbor Health Clinics promote the health of people in the Greater Upper Valley who are in need but do not have the means to pay, by providing free medical and dental care, mentoring aspiring health care professionals, and advocating for improved access to dental and health care.”
Amelia Earhart observed that “a single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” Clinic volunteers, among them physicians, dentists, students and community members, are those who are spreading seeds of compassion and caring throughout the Upper Valley.
Access to health care is a foundational safety net service. With good health, people are able to pursue educational and employment goals and participate as active community members. The Good Neighbor Health Clinics regularly provide care to patients with acute and chronic illness provides preventive, restorative and emergency dental care and also discusses lifestyle changes with those who are interested in achieving better health.
Clinic patients are grateful and we’re often told that receiving dental care restores confidence and encourages people to engage with society. One patient contacts the Clinics each year on the anniversary of her “quit date” to thank those who began a discussion about tobacco use, provided emotional support, and the nicotine replacement medications which helped her stop smoking. This will be her 12th anniversary.
We hope that you’ll put the Good Neighbor Health and Red Logan Dental Clinics at the top of your giving list this year. Visit our website to learn more.
Dana Michalovic Jason Aldous Executive Director Board