Salem answers King’s call by serving at free eye clinic

(Excerpted from article by Natalie Pate, Statesman Journal 8:20 a.m. PST January 19, 2016

On the third Monday of January every year, Americans observe a day of remembrance for Martin Luther King Jr., the minister, activist, leader and humanitarian known for his work in the civil rights movement.

In one of the sermons compiled for his 1963 book, “Strength to Love,” King says: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

On Monday, local community members gathered to celebrate ...

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Two-Year grant supports dental clinic

kaiserpermanentelogoProvidenceHealthServices_logoSalem Free Clinics has received a grant from Kaiser Permanente and Providence Health & Services for $40,000. The award will fund two positions–a dental coordinator and administrative assistant–  for the next two years.   The clinic is grateful for this support, which allows us to provide dental care for the needy in our community.

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OCF Grant Supports Diabetic Services

OCF-logo-in-black-with-tagline-smThe Oregon Community Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to Salem Free Clinics in continued support of its efforts to expand and improve diabetic services.  This is the second year the foundation has supported the clinic’s work, which serves provides medical treatment to the uninsured.

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Clinic Receives Grant from Spirit Mountain Community Fund


The Spirit Mountain Community Fund recently awarded a $34,500 grant to Salem Free Clinics. The grant is for the purpose of supporting SFC’s diabetes specialty clinics and interpreter capabilities for diabetes services. SFC is very grateful for this significant support which helps to bring hope and health to the needy in our community.

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Clinic Receives KP Grant

kaiserpermanentelogoSalem Free Clinics (SFC) has received a $15,000 Kaiser Permanente Employee Gives grant to help fund its general operations.  SFC is grateful to Kaiser Permanente for its continued support of the clinic’s work in bringing hope and health to our community. In addition to this grant, Kaiser Permanente also partners with SFC to host quarterly “KP Night Out” clinics, where Kaiser providers and nurses see patients at our Broadway clinic.

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Patient Story: “My Life Was A Mess”

Mark Photo jpgMy life was a mess. For too long I had made poor decisions which affected me, my wife and three boys. It was one thing after another – I ended up with no car, no license and both my wife and I had no real work for over two years. We were way behind on our house payments. Life was ...

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Salem Free Clinics plans to expand high-need services

By Kaellen Hessel, Statesman Journal, August 16, 2015
John McConville was appointed the new executive director of Salem Free Clinics in June after serving as its interim leader since January. McConville began volunteering at the clinic in 2013 after retiring from the grocery business. He quickly took on leadership roles within the organization.

During the past few months, several nonprofits have ...

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New Executive Director Appointed

June 25, 2015

The Salem Free Clinic’s Board of Directors has named John McConville as the clinic’s executive director. John had served as interim executive director since January, following the resignation of Todd Gould, who accepted a position at a clinic in Bend, Oregon. McConville said he was “humbled and honored to meet the important health care needs of the community in this capacity.”

McConville began volunteering at SFC in 2013, the week after he retired from the grocery business he had ...

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Clinic Receives Gannet Foundation Grant

The following is an excerpt from a “Holding Court” article in the June 16, 2015 Statesman Journal by Carol McAlice Currie, Carlee Wright and Conner Williams.


Holding Court went to the dogs and cats this week, and we were only too happy to accommodate news about the four-legged faction.

But the Statesman Journal had a little housekeeping as well, and was pleased to give a shout-out to four Mid-Valley nonprofits who applied for, and were awarded, Gannett Foundation grants for their work ...

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Salem Free Clinics celebrates 10 years, 30,000 patients

By Kaellen Hessel, Statesman Journal, January 24, 2015

Ten years ago, Todd Gould looked around the medical clinic that had been set up at Walker Middle School’s gym and tried to envision what it could one day become. He never imagined it would serve thousands of patients and become a permanent fixture in the community.

Salem Free Clinics celebrated both its 10th anniversary and its 30,000th patient this month, the same month that marks a full year of insurance coverage provided through the Affordable ...

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