Tri-Lakes Cares receives $33,000 Grant from the Walmart Foundation to Support Medical Clinic

Monument, CO February 9, 2015 – Tri-Lakes Cares recently received a $33,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program to assist with medical services for low-income residents of the Tri-Lakes region. Specifically, this grant will positively impact the local community by supporting the in-house medical clinic and provide financial assistance to low-income households so they are able to afford medical services such as, doctor’s visits, diagnostic procedures, medical supplies and equipment, dental work, prescriptions, vision care and more.

“Tri-Lakes Cares is delighted to have Walmart’s generous support of our medical clinic and other medical services,” said Haley Chapin, Executive Director of Tri-Lakes Cares. “Accessible and affordable medical care is a critical need for many of our clients. This grant will allow us to assist many more people than we otherwise could!”

“We’re passionate about helping people live better and are therefore proud to provide support to Tri-Lakes Cares in-house medical clinic to ensure low-income households have access to affordable medical services,” said Gary Peacock, Walmart market manager. “We look forward to their continued success and progress within the Tri-Lakes region.”  

Tri-Lakes Cares (“TLC”) is a community based, volunteer supported resource center whose mission is to improve people’s lives through emergency, self-sufficiency, and relief programs. Launched in 1984, TLC has been serving the Tri-Lakes area of El Paso County for 30 years, providing for the basic needs of low-income people. Tri-Lakes Cares offers a food pantry, medical clinic, case management, housing and utility assistance, seasonal programs, and more to help people manage and overcome poverty.

While the Affordable Care Act and TLC’s in-house Health Care Guide are helping uninsured clients register for health care, there are still many households without coverage in our community.  Additionally, some insured households have trouble making co-payments, or have high deductibles before their insurance coverage begins.  TLC’s medical services program addresses the two biggest barriers that clients in our area face when trying to access health care: affordability and local access. 

Tri-Lakes Cares provides the only free, local clinic in the Tri-Lakes Region, which includes the communities of Monument, Palmer Lake, and Woodmoor; northwestern rural El Paso County; the U.S. Air Force Academy; and parts of the Gleneagle and Black Forest neighborhoods. When a client’s needs are beyond TLC’s scope, they are referred to other providers within the local region when possible, and provide financial assistance so that patients can get the help they need at a price they can afford.

The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better, awarding grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S. in the last fiscal year, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave $19.3 million to Colorado nonprofits. To be considered for support, perspective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application.  Applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria.  Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at www.walmartfoundation.org/stategiving.

About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts that draw on the strengths of Walmart in the arenas of sustainability, economic opportunity, and community. As part of our commitment to creating a more sustainable food system worldwide, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States. They recently exceeded a $2 billion goal to fight hunger one year ahead of schedule and have donated more than 1.5 billion pounds of food to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit www.foundation.walmart.com.

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