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The Free Clinic of Pierce and St. Croix Counties

The Free Clinic is NOT providing COVID-19 (corona virus) testing.

posted Mar 16, 2020, 5:20 PM by Mary Steele

For information, please contact the St. Croix Valley United Way by dialing 2-1-1 or visit their website: https://www.unitedwaystcroix.org/211

Celebrate National Volunteer Appreciation Week April 19-25!

posted Mar 13, 2020, 9:16 AM by Mary Steele   [ updated Apr 7, 2020, 4:58 AM ]

 “Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, 
but because they’re priceless.”
– Sherry Anderson

During this pandemic, we are incredibly grateful for and indebted to the Free Clinic volunteer doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and many others that help the growing number of residents in our community who are now unemployed and do not have healthcare alternatives. They risk their lives every Tuesday evening: their time, their talent, and their care is priceless.

Our Free Clinic team of volunteers are doing their part during this pandemic to reduce the burden on our local hospitals. Those without health insurance would go to our local emergency rooms to be seen by a doctor for chronic conditions (such as diabetes, heart disease, and high cholesterol) and acute illnesses (such as ear and urinary tract infections, broken bones, and the seasonal flu). Often, they would need to go to an emergency room just to have prescription medications refilled.
Free Clinic volunteers are seeing those patients who have no other healthcare alternatives in-clinic for their chronic and acute illnesses. 

What does this mean for you? When you or someone you love has a medical emergency, your local emergency room will have trauma bays available and ready. Should you or someone you love need to be hospitalized for the corona virus (COVID-19), your local hospital will have beds available, as chronic conditions are being monitored and the necessary prescription medications filled at the Free Clinic instead.

By remaining open during this unpredictable time, the Free Clinic has chosen healthcare for everyone in Pierce & St. Croix Counties. Our volunteers are on the front lines of this pandemic.

During National Volunteer Appreciation Week, make a donation in honor of a Free Clinic Volunteer who has made a difference in your life, your family's, and our community's! We'll send them a tribute card letting them know a donation has been made from you in their honor.

Math That's Easy!

posted Feb 27, 2020, 10:27 AM by Mary Steele

The Free Clinic loves that WE Market Co-op in River Falls has made math easy for it's customers! When members and customers are given their sales total, they are asked if they would like to round-up their bill to the nearest dollar - from a penny to 99 cents! 

WE Market Co-op chooses a local non-profit every quarter, collecting round-up donations throughout the full 3 month period, then donating the proceeds. The Free Clinic received a $3,222 donation from them for the last quarter in 2019! Thank you to the members and customers of WE Market Co-op for rounding-up your grocery bill and giving the gift of healthcare to those in need!

Shopping & Donating Simultaneously!

posted Feb 21, 2020, 7:13 AM by Mary Steele   [ updated Feb 21, 2020, 12:28 PM ]

Shopping. We all do it, whether we like to order online or see and touch what we buy at a brick and mortar store.

Donating. We do this, too, whether it be giving our kids’ outgrown clothes to a neighbor, bringing a meal to a friend, or giving cash to or volunteering at a favorite nonprofit.

This month, the Free Clinic has learned of an interesting way that people in our community are doing both simultaneously: with Scrip cards.

Ezekiel Lutheran Church members sent the Free Clinic a donation from the profits of their Scrip card

program, in which members purchase gift cards, at face value, for their favorite big name stores, and a percentage of their purchase goes to the church’s favorite nonprofits! Ezekiel’s Scrip card purchasers have chosen the Free Clinic to receive part of their profits from the sale of these gift cards!

Thank you to all of the shoppers (and philanthropists) at Ezekiel Lutheran Church! Your gift of healthcare is priceless!

How Do You Choose Just One?

posted Feb 12, 2020, 8:23 AM by Mary Steele   [ updated Feb 12, 2020, 8:25 AM ]

You walk into your local donut shop, hungry for something to go with your cup of morning coffee. But everything looks delicious: the snow-white powdered sugar-coated jelly donut, the enormous cinnamon roll slathered with cream cheese frosting, or the nut-covered long john twist. They ALL seem to be calling your name! How do you choose? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just have a tiny (or not so tiny) piece of each?

We are so fortunate to live with a “donut shop” of amazing nonprofit organizations that are doing great work for residents in our community who are in need (please stay with us on the donut shop metaphor for this article). But how do you choose just one to support? The Boston cream that’s feeding the hungry, the apple fritter that’s housing battered women and children, the maple bacon that’s new to the donut case, or the old-fashioned glazed that’s delicious and dependable?

The Free Clinic (perhaps we’re a frosted cake donut with sprinkles) has recently been given a donation from Luther Memorial Church in River Falls, and we were surprised by how they chose who received their gifts. At an end-of-the-year voter’s meeting, each person was allowed to vote for a local nonprofit (their chosen “donut”). Then every nonprofit received a percentage of the total based upon the number of votes they had. If Luther Memorial voters selected the raised glazed 40% of the time, that organization received 40% of the year-end giving. The Free Clinic was incredibly fortunate to receive votes and a donation (Luther Memorial members like cake donuts with sprinkles). Wow! Wow! Wow! (or maybe Yummy! Yummy! Yummy!)

We are so grateful that the members of Luther Memorial Church, in being blessed themselves this year, have chosen to give the gift of healthcare to those in need in 2020, and that they’ve worked out a way to “choose” part of every “donut” that looked good to them! Their gift? PRICELESS!

Jeans Day Fridays are a Free Clinic Fri-YAY!

posted Feb 11, 2020, 8:19 AM by Mary Steele   [ updated Feb 11, 2020, 11:46 AM ]

A tremendous thank you to the staff and employees at Hudson Physicians who choose to donate money every Friday to wear jeans to work! They have chosen to donate a portion of the money that is collected to the Free Clinic! We love Fri-YAYs!

giveBIG is coming to St. Croix Valley!

posted Feb 4, 2020, 3:38 AM by Mary Steele   [ updated Feb 11, 2020, 8:16 AM ]

The Free Clinic is thrilled to be participating in giveBIG, the great St. Croix Valley Give Together! 

Join the multitude of compassionate people throughout the St. Croix Valley on April 28th to make this the biggest day of giving - EVER!

Click on the giveBIG image to go to our giveBIG site and get started today. Your donation to the Free Clinic that day (and EVERY day) is priceless!

A Christmas Miracle!

posted Jan 15, 2020, 6:37 AM by Mary Steele   [ updated Jan 21, 2020, 4:36 AM ]

West Wind Christmas Breakfast Donations!

Drum roll, please . . . . you helped us raise $19,500 by eating with us at the West Wind Christmas Breakfast! We cannot thank you enough for giving the gift of healthcare this year!

A tremendous shout-out to West Wind owner, Tony Leone, and West Wind staff for volunteering their time and all of the delicious breakfast food for the event. Truly, we are humbled and grateful for this incredible outpouring of support for our residents who do not have health care!

Support that's SCARY!

posted Dec 29, 2019, 5:21 AM by Mary Steele   [ updated Jan 15, 2020, 6:39 AM ]

UWRF Haunted Hall Fundraiser

A Huge thank you to the residents of Grimm and McMillan Halls at the 
University of Wisconsin-River Falls for donating the proceeds from their Halloween Haunted Hall event to the Free Clinic! We are incredibly grateful to the students, staff (Nick Lauer), actors, and those who walked through the haunted basement to support the Free Clinic!

Thinking Outside the Box

posted Dec 29, 2019, 5:16 AM by Mary Steele   [ updated Jan 15, 2020, 6:41 AM ]

River Falls UMC Noisy Can Fundraiser

We love that during this season of box-opening, there is a group that is thinking "outside the box"! Listen to Susan and Joan share how 
River Falls United Methodist Church has ripped through the tape, removed the packing peanuts, and is sharing what's inside their own "box" with the Free Clinic!Be inspired to think outside the box this year!

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