Food, clothing and shelter are some of the most basic needs that have a large impact on a person’s health. That’s why ProMedica is helping nonprofits within its 27-county service area provide basic needs services to those in our community.
The Toledo Community Foundation is accepting grant proposals for the ProMedica Advocacy Fund through January 23, 2015. The fund, established in 2009, has provided support for agencies and organizations working to improve the social determinants of health, most especially in the areas of food, clothing and shelter.
“Basic needs are just that, basic. For example, it’s highly unlikely a 55-year-old man who is hungry and homeless would be worried about getting tests to detect prostate cancer, heart disease or other health conditions. Or a mother of three who is struggling to clothe and feed her children will not be as concerned about preventive screenings and often delay health and wellness needs,” said ProMedica CEO and President Randy Oostra in a recent white paper.
“They, and more than 49 million other people nationwide who do not know where their next nutritious meal will come from, need to have their basic needs met first,” he continued.
Last year, the Toledo Community Foundation awarded nearly $370,000 from the ProMedica Advocacy Fund. This year, proposals will be considered from nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations and priority will be given to innovative, collaborative and direct service programs that have a significant impact on the health and well-being of individuals and/or families.
For more information and to submit a proposal for consideration, please visit The Toledo Community Foundations’s website.