Hartsville United Way donates $7,000 to CareFIRST Carolina Foundation
The Hartsville United Way kicked off fundraising for the inaugural “Stand Up For Veterans” regional event by making a $7,000 donation to the CareFIRST Carolina Foundation to be used for Hartsville veterans. The event, cosponsored by the foundation and CareSouth Carolina, will be held at CareSouth Carolina’s facility at 1268 S. Fourth Street in Hartsville from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Nov. 17. All honorably discharged veterans will have access to medical or dental services provided by CareSouth Carolina at no cost to the veteran during the event.
“Our board is excited to kick off this much needed event, Hartsville United Way Executive Director Joann DeLong said. “We have been looking for ways to assist our Hartsville area veterans and this event is a perfect match for our mission.”
In CareSouth Carolina’s five county service area (Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Lee and Marlboro counties) there are currently over 11,600 veterans according to the latest census estimate. The majority of these veterans have cycled out of service and the goal of the event is to fund 250 medical/dental visits for area veterans who have trouble getting to the care they need.
“CareSouth Carolina is honored and privileged to be able to provide health and oral services to veterans who have bravely served on behalf of our country,” said Chief of Community Health Joe Bittle. “We are excited to be part of the event and to offer these much needed services to our veterans.”
“We are excited to gain the support of the Hartsville United Way and through this partnership we can improve the general health of local veterans who may have not been able to access needed medical or dental services” Karen Currin, CareFIRST Carolina Foundation President said. “Many of our local veterans have cycled out of service and may not be able to qualify for benefits or may not be able to access the care they need and suffer in silence. Having a regional health care foundation dedicated to primary care assistance is a tremendous benefit in addressing this need and we greatly appreciate the support of the Hartsville United Way for this effort.”
The event is being held in November to coincide with the month of Veterans Day as a way to let these men and women know their service was appreciated and that the community remembers. Participating veterans will need to bring a copy of their DD-214 discharge paper (DD-256 for reserve members, NGB22 for National Guard members). Preregistration is necessary and can be completed by calling CareSouth Carolina at 843-332-3422 (ask for veterans event) or online at http:// www.caresouth-carolina. com. Deadline for registration is November 14.
Veterans Day honors their service and with your help we want to be sure any honorably discharged veteran who is in need of healthcare or dental services will have a way to receive the care they deserve. You can help the foundation give back to those who offered all, to us and our country, by contributing to this effort.
For more information on the CareFIRST Carolina Foundation or to learn how you or your church, service organization or business might make a donation to sponsor a veteran please call Mark Sobiski, Director of the Foundation at 843-857-0111, ext. 1446.
The CareFIRST Carolina Foundation was chartered in 2004 as a 501c3 non-profit organization to support and further the mission of CareSouth Carolina.
CareSouth Carolina is a private, non-profit community health center delivering patient-centered health and life services in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina. Care South Carolina operates centers in Bennettsville, Bishopville, Cheraw, Chesterfield, Dillon, Hartsville, Lake View, Latta, McColl and Society Hill. Services provided by CareSouth Carolina include family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, women services, OB/GYN, HIV/AIDS primary care, dental, chiropractic services, pharmacy, geriatrics, social services, clinical counseling, laboratory, 4D ultrasound, X-Ray, migrant services, and veterans choice provider.