May is here, which means warmer weather is on its way, and school is almost out of session for summer break! But it also marks the annual kickoff of a very important season of giving – Nebraska’s Community Giving Days. During specific days in the month, communities all around the state rally around hundreds of nonprofits to help raise money and awareness for their organizations. The Giving Days is a 24-hour event where excitement and energy is generated around giving to local organizations.
However, choosing a nonprofit to give to can be intimidating. Which one do you choose? This year, we at HCAN would like for you to consider giving to any one of our Nebraska community health centers. In Nebraska, the community health centers served over 94,000 patients last year. Nebraska’s community health centers ensure that all individuals have access to high-quality medical, dental, and behavioral health care, regardless of ability to pay. Health centers are the safety net providers in the state, ensuring comprehensive, community-based, culturally appropriate healthcare in a compassionate and respectful environment.
Ninety percent of our patients are low income, and one out of every four uninsured individuals in our state receives care at a health center. In fact, Nebraska has the second highest rate of uninsured patients across all health centers in the nation, with nearly 50% of our patients lacking health insurance.
When thinking of where you will be donating to this year, please consider giving a donation to any one of the community health centers in Nebraska. Even the smallest gift can make a big difference to the patients we serve. Your gift will directly help those vulnerable populations who would otherwise not have access to primary and preventative care. For many patients, health centers may be the only source of health care services available in their community. You have a chance with your donation to make a powerful, yet critical difference in many lives.
During the month of May and the Giving Days to come, please take a moment to find your community’s Giving Day at http://www.nonprofitam.org/?page=GivingDays and choose one of Nebraska’ community health centers. Your donation is appreciated!
Integrated Marketing Director
Health Center Association of Nebraska