The Greater Savannah River Community Foundation Awards $3,000 To Healthy Learners Allendale

March 22, 2011

ALLENDALE, SC –  March 22, 2011 –  The Greater Savannah RiverCommunity Foundation has awarded a $3,000 Health Grant to HealthyLearners, a nonprofit organization devoted to removing children’s healthbarriers to learning with love and compassion. The health grant will beused to assist Healthy Learners Allendale to continue providing accessto basic health care services for children without resources inAllendale County School District.

The services provided to identified eligible children are: Coordinationof Care, Access to Counseling, Evaluation and Treatment for AcuteEpisodes of Illness, Evaluation and Treatment of Hearing, Medication,Dental Care and Evaluation and Treatment of Vision.  In addition toproviding access to this care, Healthy Learners also providestransportation to those children that face transportation as a barrierto receiving health care.  The costs incurred for all of the servicesprovided are absorbed by Healthy Learners.

“There are thousands of children that need access to quality healthcare.  We cannot afford to ignore their health needs, after all they areour future”, said Jo Pauling-Jones, Executive Director of HealthyLearners.  “Healthy Learners Allendale is making a positive differencein the lives of Allendale children, and that’s ablessing.”                                         

Greater Savannah River Community Foundation

The mission of the Greater Savannah River Community Foundation isto encourage, promote, and advance philanthropic giving througheducation and the responsible management and distribution of charitablecontributions and to provide the structure for individuals to accomplishthis.  Two of the core beliefs that drive the foundation are:  Beliefthat rural areas can thrive and prosper with ALL citizens in thecommunities of Allendale, Bamberg, and Barnwell counties having theexpectation for achievement and success at the highest level and Beliefthat ALL citizens in the three counties should have access to adequatelocal health care to ensure a high quality of life.

Healthy Learners

Healthy Learners, a ministry of the Sisters of CharityHealth System, currently serves 144 schools in ten school districtsacross South Carolina. There are five sites located across the state;one in Allendale and Georgetown (Lowcountry), Richland & Lexington(Midlands), Dillon (Pee Dee) and Greenwood (Upstate). Since itsinception in 1992, Healthy Learners has provided over 6,500 childrenwith access to basic health care services.