Healthy initiative benefits local kids

Jan 15, 2008

The vision of the Emerging Philanthropists Society of United Way of Johnson County (UWJC) is helping establish healthcare for area children. Last year, their $37,500 contribution launched a series of gifts and an initiative to care for Iowa City area school-age children.

Emerging Philanthropist Jan Jensen, a University of Iowa Associate Head Coach, said the goal of excellent healthcare for all is attainable with support and commitment. "We are thrilled our goal to assist children has received widespread support from the local community."

In 2007, Mercy Iowa City announced a series of five annual gifts of $100,000 for a total of $500,000 to endow the Healthy Kids Community Care.

Mercy Iowa City CEO Ronald R. Reed said the program benefits the entire community. "Healthy children come to school ready to learn and miss fewer school days. This not only benefits children, but also their parents and employers."

United Way of Johnson County, the Community Foundation of Johnson County and the Iowa City Community School District Foundation are united to raise funds to establish school-based health clinics to serve all students with unmet medical needs.

The Community Foundation of Johnson County will become the designated manager of the donor-advised endowment program.

Annually, the first funds, equaling 5 percent of the endowment, will become available to fund clinic operations.

ICCSD Superintendent Lane Plugge said, "Community support is a wonderful step to help those least able to help themselves. Our students will benefit greatly from this generous contribution.

Category: Partners Project

Gifts to Healthy Kids Community Care will help match the Mercy Iowa City five-year grant and provide operating funds to support and expand school clinics. Contributions made through the Community Foundation of Johnson County qualify for an Endow Iowa Income Tax Credit.