The Green Bay Packers Foundation has awarded a $250,000 impact grant to N.E.W. Community Clinic in Green Bay, the organization announced Thursday.
The Packers Foundation and Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy presented the check at Lambeau Field to Kim Franzen, the CEO of N.E.W. Community Clinic, as well as several of the board of directors and clinic's staff members.
N.E.W. Community Clinic recently celebrated 50 years of the free, charitable clinic providing quality, comprehensive and compassionate health care to the underserved in the community.
The clinic recently broke ground on the new facility that will allow them to serve more patients on the near west side of Green Bay, and the impact grant will go toward helping them furnish their new facility. The grant will also assist with the clinic's implementation of information technology to support their programming, including updating their phone systems to handle call volume for those the clinic serves and updating their computer systems to enhance security.
"The Packers Foundation is pleased to support N.E.W. Community Clinic, which is dedicated to helping those in our community who don't have access to quality health care," said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. "Especially as we continue facing the pandemic, there is an urgent need to address health care disparities and we are proud to contribute to N.E.W. Community Clinic's efforts to provide health care to those who need it most."
N.E.W. Community Clinic is a Federally Qualified health Center with a free and charitable clinic whose mission is to provide access to quality, comprehensive, and compassionate health care to the underserved in the community. It has grown to include medical, dental, and mental health care and includes the WIC program. The clinic treats thousands of people each year and provides care for those who cannot afford health insurance and for those who do not qualify for government health programs.
"We at N.E.W. Community Clinic are grateful to the Green Bay Packers Foundation for their very generous support of our project," said Kim Franzen, Chief Executive Officer of N.E.W. Community Clinic. "Their support will enable us to continue to deliver important medical care to those who are experiencing homelessness or are low income for many years to come."
The Packers Foundation has awarded more than $6.5 million in impact grants since 2013, and has distributed more than $15.68 million for charitable purposes since it was established in 1986.
A component of the Green Bay Packers Give Back program, the grants, combined with other Green Bay Packers charity endeavors, contribute to a comprehensive Packers charity impact that was in excess of $9 million in the past year. The Green Bay Packers Foundation Trustees include Tom Cardella (chairperson), Marcia Anderson, Nancy Armbrust, Susan Finco, Jeffrey Joerres, DJ Long Jr., Larry McCarren, Dexter McNabb, Eric Torkelson and Mike Weller.