The HOPE Association, a nonprofit service organization based in Washington D.C., recently launched a campaign, called Run For Hope, on crowdfunding platform Crowdrise to raise funds for its new pediatric mobile health clinics, which will serve low-income families in the Washington D.C. and Los Angeles areas.
According to the organization, the two HOPE pediatric mobile health clinics will provide several free services to uninsured children, such as well-visits, physicals, immunizations, screenings, urgent care, psychological services, and sick visits. The clinics will serve patients from birth to age 21 directly in their neighborhoods at no cost to their caregivers.
“The mission of the HOPE Mobile Health Clinic (HMHC) is to improve access for underserved children to comprehensive services necessary to achieve better health care. This mission is based on the belief that every child, regardless of his/her financial means, deserves high-quality, comprehensive, continuous health care, delivered in a respectful, caring and family centered environment- a ‘medical home.'”
The HOPE Association hopes to secure $250,000, which will go towards fully retrofit and construct one pediatric mobile health clinic, including all medical equipment and supplies.
“For Phase 1 of this project, the goal is to raise $250K, which will allow us to fully retrofit and construct the first pediatric mobile health clinic, including all medical equipment and supplies, and get it up and running. We believe it to be most prudent to complete this effort in manageable phases in order to provide the services as efficiently and quickly as possible.”
Steve Messeh, Executive Director of The HOPE Association, commented:
“At HOPE, we believe in meeting people’s greatest needs, using people’s greatest passions. The mobile health clinics are a result of this passion and the significant need we discovered in our communities for pediatric health care.”
The organization has also recruited marathoner Levi Rizk to help out with this campaign. Rizk will run across America starting in September to bring awareness to the cause and rally supporters for the mobile health clinics. Levi’s cross-country run will kick off in Los Angeles and conclude in Washington D.C. totaling more than 3,000 miles.
The campaign is set to close mid-June.
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