Pierce Says New Mobile Health Unit on the Horizon for Western Maine
September 17, 2007
More than $185,000 has been raised over the past two years to help Healthy Community Coalition (HCC) replace its aging Mobile Health Unit. Funds were raised through special events, fundraisers, corporate sponsorships, grants, and donations, which were all coordinated by the Franklin Community Health Network Foundation.
"We are absolutely thrilled by our community's generosity," said Franklin Community Health Network Vice President and HCC Executive Director Leah Binder, "The Coalition's Mobile Health Unit with its range of health education and services offered at no cost to anyone who needs help, has
filled a very important gap in our communities' healthcare needs for over 12 years. We are looking forward to having our new unit on the road in 2008."
Steve Pierce, chairman of the campaign and member of the FCHN Foundation Advisory Board, attributed the campaign's success to the generous support of individuals and corporate sponsors, as well as the local children, who donated artwork for a Grand Safari Art Auction last August which netted
$24,000 alone for the cause.
"We are fortunate to have the support of community sponsors, groups, and contributors in this effort," said Pierce. "This month was a special milestone for us and it brought us to the $185,000 mark. We now have enough to purchase the new unit."
Major sponsors included: TD Banknorth; Clem & Rolande Begin; Jordan Lumber Company; Ranor, Inc; Franklin Savings Bank; the Franklin Memorial Hospital Auxiliary; and the Ladd Charitable Foundation.
The Healthy Community Coalition and its Mobile Health Unit promote health and well-being through disease prevention, health education, and community building. An affiliate of Franklin Community Health Network, the HCC has received statewide and national recognition for its innovative programs.
For more information, contact Maureen Goudreau at 779-2471.
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