The 100 Women Who Care Coweta County, a grassroots organization launched at the Coweta Community Foundation’s Power of the Purse event last fall, has chosen the Coweta Samaritan Clinic, a free medical clinic in Newnan, as its first recipient of a $10,000 donation.
The project was spearheaded by the foundation’s 2015 Woman of the Year, Newnan attorney Leah Sumner. The organization of women intends to donate $40,000 a year to organizations in Coweta.
The group is limited to 100 women who pledge to donate $100 every three months
The women meet quarterly to bring their $100 donation. At the first, second and fourth quarterly meetings each year, a local charitable project is chosen to receive the $10,000 donation. Funds collected at the third quarterly meeting each year will be contributed to the Coweta Community Foundation’s Women and Children’s Fund.
The Coweta County Samaritan Clinic celebrated its fifth anniversary of service to Coweta County in November. Since opening in October 2011, the clinic has treated more than 1,000 Cowetans through more than 12,000 patient visits – all free of charge to the patients.
The clinic serves uninsured residents of Coweta County, ages 19 and older, whose household income is at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty level.
“All of us at the clinic are honored and thrilled to be the first recipient of a 100 Women Who Care grant, especially considering the many wonderful organizations meeting human needs in Coweta County,” Dr. Kay Crosby said. “The clinic will use the funds wisely, and I look forward to being a part of the 100 Women Who Care as our group raises awareness of philanthropy and supports other organizations making Coweta County a special place to live and work.”
Lou Graner, executive director of the clinic, said the donation will help the clinic cover costs for clinic staff and a new part-time physicians assistant.
There are currently three full-time employees and five part-time employees. The clinic also has volunteers.
Graner said the demand for the clinic’s service is increasing. “We have at least four to five people coming in per day asking to become a patient,” Graner said.
Graner said the clinic’s main goal is to increase patient capacity.
Sumner said she was pleased with the outcome of the group’s first meeting.
“It was amazing because of the energy, because of the women who were there and the idea that we could make such a significant contribution in such an efficient manner,” she said.
Rep. Lynn Smith is also a member of the group.
“I’m glad to see that Leah Sumner’s concept for donations to our not-for-profit organizations has become a reality,” Smith said. “Our community has always been supportive of those in need.
The 100 Women Who Care Coweta County operates as a project of the Coweta Community Foundation, Inc. All contributions are tax-deductible, and except for the $25 registration fee, all contributions go directly to benefit a local charitable need. Women who wish to participate in the organization may have their name placed on a waiting list to be notified as slots become available. Further information about the group is available at www.cowetafoundation.org
The Coweta Samaritan Clinic is located at 137 Jackson St.