Force for Good Presents More Grants to Help the Ozarks

Force for Good, a project of Mercy Clinic in Mercy's Springfield Communities, is celebrating its tenth anniversary. In winter of 2003, Mercy Clinic doctors and co-workers got out their personal checkbooks to raise funds for local nonprofits. It was so successful, the effort has become a tradition with grants awarded twice each year. So far, Force for Good has given back nearly $1.6 million to the Ozarks. This time, seven local organizations are receiving grants totaling $105,490:

The Arc of the Ozarks                                           $15,500
The money will be used to purchase and replace durable equipment for people with developmental disabilities.

Nova Center of the Ozarks                                  $5,000
The grant will be used to fund additional dental services for the developmentally disabled.

Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition           $16,650
The funds will support the Dig in R-12 (DIRT) schoolyard garden project.

Hillcrest High School                                            $5,000
The money will fund the Hornet Loft clothing and shoe bank.

Ronald McDonald Tooth Truck                         $9,340
The grant will fund the purchase of two new dental chairs.

Community Medication Access Program        $50,000
A joint project of Mercy and CoxHealth, the program provides prescription assistance for those without insurance who are unable to afford their medications.

Good Samaritan Care Clinic                                $4,000
Located in Mountain View, Mo., the clinic serves uninsured patients. The money will purchase diabetic testing supplies and medication.

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