Since it opened 19 years ago, the Greater Killeen Free Clinic has been supported by the United Way of the Greater Fort Hood Area.
The United Way knows “what is needed in the community, and that is great because they know what we do,” said Marlene DiLillo, the free clinic’s executive director.
Money raised and distributed by the local United Way has been used for various functions over the years.
But recently the funds have been allocated by the clinic to pay for operational costs.
“Getting grant money is hard for operations,” DiLillo said. “It is easier to get money for services and medication. Salaries are critical. While we do have a volunteer base, you do have to pay some people.”
The clinic has a $340,000 annual budget, with about $25,000 a year coming from the United Way, she said.
Other funds are contributed from organizations such as Baylor Scott & White, Metroplex and fundraiser bingo.
“Again (the donation) is critical to our operations,” DiLillo said. “We are a locally funded clinic.”
The clinic, which is available to help Bell, Lampasas and Coryell county residents, saw about 4,700 patients, with 1,900 unduplicated visits, last year.
It provides acute care, prescription assistance, case management, helps with social services while dealing with other needs.
Starting in January, the clinic will have a women’s clinic twice a month for non-family planning needs.
It also will add mental health services and promote health and chronic illness programs.
“It is kind of exciting,” DiLillo said. “We are going to a whole new level in 2014. We are tripling our mission.”