“Our goal was to raise $5,000 by Dec.31,” said AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer Sean Buck. “But we ended up making over $3,000 more.”
The MFHC’s final dollar value for the fund drive was approximately $8,100, Buck said. The MFHC launched a mail campaign on Nov. 21, asking board members for the names of possible donors and individuals who would be interested in MFHC service updates.
“We didn’t have much to start with, since it was our first fund drive. We used people who might be interested and ran with that,” Buck said. “In the end, it really paid off.”
Letters were mailed and emailed, asking community members for donations and informing them about MFHC programs and growth throughout 2013.
“We tried to send letters to people who might not have known about the growth and scope of our services. We told them how their donations could help us continue to grow,” said AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer Anjelica Oien. “Moab really came out and supported us. It was so wonderful to see the holiday spirit through community giving.”
Donors also had the ability to specify where they wanted their contributions to go, said Oien.
“Most people chose to put their donations toward general operating costs,” said Buck. “That allowed us to put money where the [clinic] needs it the most.”
The clinic hopes to expand its fundraising drive in the coming years, said MFHC founder and board president Danette Johnson.
“It was far more successful then I imagined,” Johnson said. “It is heartwarming to see the generosity of the community for this much-needed service. This will help the [clinic] continue to grow and be sustainable, which will in turn allow us to continue to help make Moab a healthier community. Sean, Anjelica and Allison O’Connor did a fantastic job putting the fund drive together.”
The MFHC also recently won more than $1,500 worth of diabetes supplies from AmeriCares in recognition of the clinic’s diabetes education programs during December’s National Diabetes Education Month.
“We did a small round of programs. We had diabetes testing on Friday mornings for six weeks to catch diabetes before it starts causing serious problems,” said Oien.
The MFHC was one of only four clinics in the nation and the only clinic in the western United States to receive the supplies
The clinic, which is located at 350 South 400 East, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 435-259-1113 or visit the website at: www.moabfreehealthclinic.org.