ROCKLAND — The Knox Clinic has been selected by United Midcoast Charities (UMC) for a $25,000 grant to provide local low income, uninsured or underinsured families with medical, dental, mental health and wellness services as well as prescription assistance.
The funding arrived at an ideal time as the Knox Clinic is purchasing essential protective gear and cleaning supplies in preparation for re-opening services to in-person visits, according to the Clinic, in a news release. During the current pandemic the team has been making rapid changes to make its services safe and responsive to the needs of their patients. The Knox Clinic does not receive any government or insurance funding, but depends on the local community and organizations like UMC. UMC’s funding will help provide essential, affordable direct patient care. Their support will play a critical role in filling the gaps in the healthcare system.
The Knox Clinic volunteers and part time staff strive to treat everyone with dignity and compassion, according to the Clinic.
“I’ve never had better care than at the Clinic,” said Tim, a 10 year patient of the Knox Clinic. “You got me to quit drinking and eat better. Now I try to ride my bicycle 15 miles a day. I lost 120 pounds!”
Each success story means there is a person who is now able to live a healthier, more productive life.
“The ripple effect UMC’s funding is having in our community is tremendously valuable,” said the Clinic.
UMC’s open, competitive annual grants process supports nonprofit agencies in Knox and Waldo counties working in the areas of food, housing, health and safety, and economic security. Every dollar donated to UMC is applied to its grant program, which in the last five years has awarded grants totaling $2.4 million to recipients. In addition to providing grants, UMC offers educational programs and other learning resources for all local nonprofits, including those who do not receive funding.
The Knox Clinic is a volunteer based nonprofit advocating for and providing free/low cost medical, dental, prescription assistance, mental health and wellness services to the uninsured and underinsured in Knox County, plus border towns. We believe everyone deserves access to quality care! To make a tax-deductible donation, to volunteer, or to request services, please call 301-6996, or visit our website at www.knoxclinic.org.