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Free Clinic of Southwest Washington

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Clinics, Health

Mission: Our mission is to provide free, compassionate, quality medical care to children and adults who are otherwise unable to access health services.

Target demographics: Low-income, uninsured Clark County residents.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Nearly 6,800 low-income, uninsured & underinsured members of our community

Geographic areas served: Clark County, Washington.

Programs: Medical, dental and vision care - and, through Project Access, we also coordinate free specialty care services.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington is not an organization that I would have ever imagined myself needing. I have always had great jobs with sufficient medical and dental insurance and have enjoyed reasonably good health.

Sometimes life throws you some curve balls and sometimes life just throws you completely off of the cart.

The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington and its endless crew of selfless volunteers has been a very bright spot in some very challenging times. I did not think people like this existed any longer. When you're dealing with difficult circumstances as it is and then cannot afford health or dental care, there are very few resources available that can or will help.

My first encounter with the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington was in December of 2012. I was not able to afford my prescriptions refills and they were able to fill a one month supply for me. Shortly after that I was called and scheduled for their dental clinic. This service took a little longer to get in to see someone but once I was evaluated and set up with a treatment plan, I was invited to dental appointments.

I participated in the Adult Dental Day at the Clark County Skills Center in April 2013. I had four bottom front teeth taken care of. This was no small feat as the teeth had significant cavities and they were getting close to needing root canals. The dentist and the team spent a couple of hours on me and saved four teeth from needing unaffordable and UN-obtainable root canals and crowns. I will add that these were FRONT bottom teeth on a woman who makes presentations and deals with people for my livelihood.

On August 29, 2013 I was scheduled again through the Oral Health Initiative to have TWO broken and root canal-ed crowns removed. Kaiser Dental was the community partner that covered this procedure.

I got a call last week that another local dentist and partner with the Oral Health Initiative will be calling me soon to schedule some fillings on FRONT TOP teeth this time.

Despite challenging economic circumstances and some personal resource challenges, the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington and ALL of their volunteers have always made me feel respected and cared for but the most touching and intangible gift they give is the gift of restoring a persons dignity.

I may be in a temporarily challenging situation right now, but when I am back on my feet (and that will preferable be soon and in the greatest pair of stilettos your have ever seen) this organization is on the top of my priority list to give back to as well as their community partners.

I may not have cash right now, but I will tell you that this group of tireless, selfless, truly generous volunteers have made a HUGE deposit for good in The Bank of Karma!

Client Served

Rating: 4

Having my annual check, I mentioned I might have a UTI. My doctor told me how much the lab work would cost me since I did not have regular insurance. My mouth drop and she then recommended the Free Clinic of SW, Wa. The wait was nominal for the service and the people were polite and very helpful. I highly recommend anyone donate to their great cause any way they can. Thank You

Client Served

Rating: 5

special thanks to all this people that volunteer in any way to helping others, you guys are the best. Thank you for being so caring about other human beings that arent that wealthy, or that are in need. Thank you for all your help and care. May God bless you and all your plans