It’s a problem that faces seemingly every non-profit ever created.
The constant scrounging for money is the reality for businesses like that and Shepherd’s Care Medical Clinic is no different.
A three-year grant that helped turn the clinic from an idea into reality is about to expire. The money the agency stands to lose when that grant expires is the difference between staying open and closing the doors.
The free medical clinic is the only one of its kind in eastern Wake County and for many people here and in neighboring counties, it serves a vital purpose.
Founder and director Leona Doner is certainly working all the networks she has available to her, but it’s a hard row to hoe and, just like any other nonprofit leaders, she’s having to pull out the stops.
So here’s our idea. The public has supported the clinic in a great many ways and this is an opportunity for us in eastern Wake County to keep an important institution alive and well. Give more, if you can.
And for companies that have charitable programs, consider how you might become a vital cog in meeting a critical need.
At the end of the day, Shepherd’s Care doesn’t need a lot of money to operate as it does. We’re talking about less than $200,000 here. A handful of corporate charities can go a long way toward meeting that need.
But it needs to happen soon and people, who may never actually use the services Shepherd’s Care clinic, should educate themselves about the need that exists and look for ways they can be part of the solution both now and in the future.
Shepherd’s Care isn’t too big to fail, but for many, many people in our communities it is a life-saving resource. And that makes it way too important to fail.