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Health Grants 2020: Overcoming A Challenging Year

2020 was a challenge for everyone, affecting every aspect of our lives: our businesses, our jobs, our schools, our families, as well as our physical and mental health. We have all been tested in too many ways to count.

As we welcome a new year, the term “hindsight is 2020” will take on new meaning, as one of the most difficult years in our country’s recent history is behind us. 

In spite of all of those difficulties– and with the help of our public-spirited donors coupled with the careful stewardship of our community-minded Board of Trustees, the Marshall Foundation for Community Health awarded almost $400,000 to local health and wellness programs and Marshall Medical Center. The following summary highlights some of the grants we awarded in 2020:

  • $5,000 was granted to Hands4Hope, to expand the Service Learning Club to El Dorado High School students. The program provides opportunities for students to develop leadership skills with a focus on community needs. 
  • $25,400 provided MORE, Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises, with a walk-in refrigerator, allowing them to expand their food program to additional residents in need.
  • Safe-D was granted $1,500 for supplies needed to install free home safety equipment for seniors.
  • Strength for the Journey, which offers support for those who experience the sudden loss of a loved one, was granted $3,600.
  • The ALS Association Greater Sacramento Chapter offers comprehensive support and resources for people diagnosed with ALS, their families and caregivers including those in El Dorado County. Marshall Foundation for Community Health granted $2,500 to support the local program.
  • Though National Night Out looked a little different this year, the Placerville Police Department didn’t let 2020 stop the neighborly fun. The Foundation granted them $500 for their National Night Out efforts.
  • In the wake of the pandemic, New Morning Youth and Family Services saw a surge in clients at their shelter, and they applied for support to meet this heightened demand. The Foundation granted $4,500.
  • $25,000 for 70 iPads, making it possible for Marshall Medical Center providers to conduct virtual visits during the pandemic, and beyond.
  • The Marshall Birth Center received $3,155 for recertification for the Baby Friendly designation, which encourages skin to skin contact and breastfeeding for newborns. 
  • $140,000 was given to Marshall Medical Center, which will be used for their Cardiac Rehabilitation project.
  • $1,500 was granted to the Marshall Divide Wellness Center for their stimulant use disorder program.   
  • In honor of James Whipple, long-time Marshall Medical Center CEO (now retired),  an endowment of $20,000 was created with the help of Parker Family Fund, to support Bridging the Gap. This fund provides financial support for Marshall employees in times of need.
  • $2,500 was granted to Marshall’s Stop the Bleed program, which offers training to local organizations and businesses on laymen’s trauma care techniques. The time between an accident and the arrival of emergency services can be critical to saving a life. 
  • Did you know that falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans? Marshall’s Fall Prevention program assesses and counsels those at risk, to minimize potentially life changing falls. $762 was granted to this important program.
  • Healthcare jobs are considered some of the most stressful careers in the country, and 2020 has been no exception. The Foundation provided over $6,000 for a staff decompression room, being built to give hospital employees a quiet space to take a break and regroup their thoughts. Their mental, emotional health is of utmost importance for patient care.
  • Marshall’s Kitchen Campaign was given $160,000, and construction is underway for the new state-of-the-art kitchen and cafe. This is especially exciting news, considering that neither have been significantly updated for decades. 
  • $18,236 was approved for the purchase of a Stryker Lucas 3 Automated CPR Machine for Marshall’s Emergency Department. This machine delivers high-performance, continuous chest compressions with less strain, micromanagement, and risk for the caregiver.
  • Each year, educational grants are awarded to nursing education, providing a resource that directly benefits both the students and Marshall Medical Center patients. In 2020, $15,000 was granted.

Your charitable donations and bequests make it possible for us to continue to improve the health and wellness of the residents of El Dorado County’s West Slope. To support these and other causes, visit our Giving Opportunities page, or call us directly at 530.642.9984 for more information.  

Our hope is that 2021 brings about a return to normalcy to our nation, community and families.