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Employees of Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative recently donated more than $13,300 to three Southern Maryland organizations that help low-income residents receive medical care and prescriptions. The three groups, Calvert Healthcare Solutions, Health Partners of Charles County and Health Share of St. Mary’s County, each will receive $4,448.95. SMECO raised the money through its 2012 charity golf tournament, supported by a group of volunteers, vendors and the SMECO executive team. The co-op selects a different organization each year to benefit from the fundraiser.

According to Richard Jarboe, SMECO supply chain director, “Sponsoring the event is a lot of work, but we enjoy pitching together with SMECO’s supply chain partners to help our community. We are grateful for the donations and sponsorships our vendors provide; they make up a significant portion of the proceeds.”

“As the only free clinic in Charles County, we provide significant services to local residents,” said Kit Wright, President of the Health Partners Board of Directors, in a news release from SMECO. “We will use these funds to support our transportable dental unit, which serves four local elementary schools. Through this program, we reach children who have limited access to dental care and provide on-site cleanings, screenings, fluoride and sealant treatments.”

Wright added, “SMECO is a glowing example of how a co-op willingly participates in the social fiber of its local community.”

Ella May Russell, president, explained in the release how the SMECO contribution would help Health Share of St. Mary’s: “We provide assistance to more than 2,200 clients, and that number is steadily rising. Health Share is a non-profit, all-volunteer program, and all the money needed for services is obtained through private fundraising and contributions. We are grateful that SMECO recognizes the needs of our organization, which works with the low-income, uninsured and underinsured adult population of St. Mary’s County who qualify for medical care and prescriptions at a minimal cost.”

“Enrollment in the Calvert Healthcare Solutions program has significantly increased over the past few years, as we have improved our ability to identify and reach out to eligible residents. Not only do we provide access to medical services, we help our clients navigate through other available community resources. Residents receive access to medical care, mental health care, laboratory and radiology care, and prescription medication through a foundational network of community partners,” Mike Shaw, Executive Director, said in a news release.

He added, “Our clients constantly express their gratitude for the assistance they receive. On behalf of our clients and staff, we echo that sentiment and gratefully say ‘thank you’ to SMECO, its employees and vendors.”

Relief donations sought

Burch Oil is coordinating a Hurricane Sandy relief effort for residents of Crisfield in time for the holidays.

A truck is scheduled to head to the Eastern Shore on Dec. 19.

After taking a hit during the late October superstorm, the community finds itself in serious disrepair and in need of help.

According to Crisfield Mayor Jay Purnell, the most needed items for distribution to the Crisfield community are nonperishable foods, diapers, wipes and new toys.

The public may drop off contributions to the Burch Oil office in Hollywood during regular business hours (between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday) prior to Dec. 19.

Many homes and businesses were destroyed due to severe water damage. Purnell requested that monetary contributions to cover the costs of building materials be mailed directly to City of Crisfield, 319 West Main St., Crisfield, MD 21817. In the check memo line, indicate “for relief effort.”