Charity Care, a financial assistance program at Jefferson Healthcare, is the recipient of a $5,000 grant from the Teri McComas Memorial Fund. The award is designated to assist patients seeking breast cancer screenings and care through the local Mammography Center.
“It’s grants like these that help to ensure that no one is ever turned away from Jefferson Healthcare due to inability to pay or lack of insurance coverage, and that all of our neighbors can access the care they need,” said Kris Becker, Executive Director of the Jefferson Healthcare Foundation.
Established in January 2020 by Bruce McComas, Teri’s husband of 46-years, the memorial fund honors her lifelong commitment to improving the health and well-being of women and girls in Jefferson County, and ensuring that residents undergoing cancer treatments have unrestricted access to care.
Teri, who passed away in October 2016, was devoted to helping people throughout her life. She was active in the Presbyterian Church, the local PEO Chapter, and was a member of the first Jefferson Community Foundation Giving Circle called “Women Who Care”. She also helped start the Fund for Women and Girls and served on the Port Townsend Main Street Board for four years. She was known to serve with grace, charm, and an infectious smile.
“Teri was such a caring person. She always thought of others first. I want her spirit of caring to live on forever and this fund is one way to ensure that happens,” Bruce said.
The Fund began with an initial donation of $30,000, made by Bruce McComas, with the promise to match every dollar given by community members up to an additional $60,000. Donations can be made online at www.JCFgives.org or sent by mail to PO Box 1394, Port Hadlock, WA 98339.
The allocation to Charity Care represents the first grant made by the memorial fund.
“I invite everyone who knew Teri to add their contributions. Together, we can continue caring for others in Teri’s name.”
Jefferson Community Foundation manages donor-advised funds (DAF) as a charitable giving account through which individuals, families, and businesses can support charitable causes recommended by the donor and their successors. This fund option provides great flexibility for giving during the donor’s lifetime and allows the gift of philanthropy to continue to make positive impacts long into the future.
“How do you want to change your community through giving?” asks Siobhan Canty, President & CEO of Jefferson Community Foundation. “Charitable giving in memoriam represents a meaningful way to honor the values of your loved one and ensure that their generosity and vision for a thriving Jefferson County creates a permeant legacy of positive impact.”
Jefferson Community Foundation supports local changemakers by offering flexible and informed ways of making charitable donations. For more information, call 360-385-1729, email Siobhan@JCFgives.org or visit www.JCFgives.org.