The Leon Levine Foundation Awards United Way of the Midlands $50,000 to Fund Health Services at WellPartners Dental Clinics

Staff Report From Columbia CEO

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

United Way of the Midlands announced it has been awarded a $50,000 grant from The Leon Levine Foundation to fund WellPartners Adult and Children’s Dental Clinics serving residents of Lexington and Richland counties. WellPartners Dental Clinics address the needs of uninsured and underinsured adults and children in the Midlands.

“We know children with dental pain are three times more likely to miss school than children who have access to good dental care,” said Sara Fawcett, President and CEO of United Way of the Midlands. “WellPartners is about more than just dental care, which is why we are so appreciative of The Leon Levine Foundation for awarding these funds to support this important initiative. We want to help people live healthier, better lives and this grant from The Leon Levine Foundation will allow us to improve the dental care we provide.”

Tom Lawrence, executive director of The Leon Levine Foundation, commented: “We have a terrific opportunity to forge a new partnership with United Way of the Midlands and support the vital services that WellPartners Dental Clinics provides.” He continued, “The lack of access to quality dental care for the underserved is a problem many communities have yet to solve. As we worked with the organization, it was clear to our staff and board that the presence and impact of WellPartners is something the region should take great pride in.”

In the July 2017 – June 2018 fiscal year, WellPartners Dental Clinics provided services to more than 4,200 adults and over 880 children in the Midlands totaling an in-kind value of more than $2.7 million.