The Leon Levine Foundation invests $50,000 in WellPartners Dental and Eye Clinic
COLUMBIA, S.C. (August 18, 2022) – United Way of the Midlands’ WellPartners Dental and Eye Clinics received a $50,000 grant from The Leon Levine Foundation to support the continuation of clinic services.
WellPartners offers dental and eye care services that provide preventative and restorative care to uninsured and underinsured children and adults in the Midlands. WellPartners is owned and operated by United Way of the Midlands with additional support from community partners, including Lexington County, Lexington Medical Center, Prisma Health and Richland County.
"The Leon Levine Foundation is pleased to partner with United Way of the Midlands and WellPartners to provide essential dental and eye care services within our community,” said Tom Lawrence, President of The Leon Levine Foundation. “Services provided reduce the challenge of accessing affordable healthcare.”
In the 2021-2022 fiscal year, WellPartners Dental Clinics provided dental services to 644 adults and 173 children. Over 145 volunteer dentists and hygienists conducted a total of 3,541 patient visits. 870 individuals received eye care services which included 726 comprehensive eye exams, 102 optical encounters and 42 emergency and office visits.
“When oral health concerns go untreated, it hinders the overall health of individuals, and we are thankful for the support of partners like TLLF that assist us in building a community with equal access to healthcare,” said Sara Fawcett, President and CEO of United Way of the Midlands.
About United Way of the Midlands
United Way of the Midlands is the most collaborative, efficient and accountable model for investing in the improvement of the Midlands community. With more than 65 Community Impact Partners, United Way works to identify and respond to the critical human service needs of Calhoun, Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland counties. Funds are raised through workplace campaigns, grant writing and individual donations and are directed to fight for causes including childhood literacy, economic mobility and dental and eye care for those without resources. For more information, please visit uway.org.
About The Leon Levine Foundation
Established in 1980 by Leon Levine (Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Family Dollar Stores, Inc.), The Leon Levine Foundation supports programs and organizations that improve the human condition through investments in education, healthcare, human services and Jewish values. Based in Charlotte, N.C., the Foundation invests in nonprofits across North Carolina and South Carolina with strong leadership, a track record of success, and a plan for financial sustainability. Through its investments, the Foundation intends to create pathways to self-sufficiency, champion strategies for permanent change, and facilitate opportunities for growth.
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