SIDNEY — Compassionate Care will use 2021 Community Foundation Match Day gifts to support its Nurse Practitioner program. The organization provides primary medical care, dental care and assistance with prescription medications for the uninsured and under-insured residents of Shelby County living at or below 250% of the poverty level.
“We want those eligible to use Compassionate Care for their non-emergency medical needs and not the local emergency room. When patients are able to see our Nurse Practitioner on a regular basis, they tend to live healthier lifestyles. They are receiving the medical care they need and, in many cases, life-saving medications,” said Traci Milanese, executive director. “We operate strictly off of donations, grants and fundraisers. This year, donations are down, so we are hoping that Match Day is a success.”
“A lack of insurance often means a lack of health care. Going without health care can mean serious medical conditions are ignored, preventative health measures are not taken and necessary medications are never given. Compassionate Care of Shelby County believes that everyone should have access to care,” said Milanese.
To support Compassionate Care on Match Day, gifts must be made payable to the Community Foundation of Shelby County with: Match/Compassionate Care noted on the memo or in an accompanying note or form. Details and forms are available at the Community Foundation website at commfoun.com and at Compassionate Care, 124 N. Ohio Ave., Sidney. Gifts must be received on or before Nov. 30 to be eligible for matching money. Credit card gifts may be made only on Nov. 30.
The Community Foundation of Shelby County holds its Match Day event annually on Giving Tuesday. Twenty-three local charities will ask supporters to make a gift to the Community Foundation that will be matched up to a total of $5,000 per charity.
Match Day participating organizations have a 501(c)(3) tax status and an organization fund within the Community Foundation of Shelby County with an asset balance exceeding the Foundation’s fund minimum. Gifts received will not be placed into an organization’s fund, but instead will be returned to the organization for its work in the community.