Summers said the fund focuses on making improvements in education, health and human services, art and culture, and preservation and beautification.
“This is an educational process,” she said. “We learn about philanthropy, and we learn about the needs in our community. We find solutions, we stimulate change, we impact lives and we're transforming our community. That's our plan, and we're doing it.”
As for progress, board member David Barnard told attendants that the organization has already collected $26,000 in pledges for next year.
“Our goal for next year is we want to be able to give away twice as much as we did last year, so $50,000,” he said. “And it can be done. We did this last year in about two or three months, just communicating with people, pooling your money.”
Barnard called it a “seed fund,” explaining that the goal is to award “one-time donations” to organizations in order to meet needs and kickstart community-based efforts.
As for the clinic, Shaddock said The Action Fund's donation definitely allowed for specific needs to be met, though she hopes to acquire more support from the community.
“There's still more great needs,” she told attendants Thursday. “The biggest asset that you guys could do for us is be our advocates, be our ambassadors. We need more doctors, we need more dentists, we need more medical staff, nurse practitioners, all of them — and you're our best resource to gaining that, the community.
“And I just want to thank you guys for being a part of this. It was awesome.”
The WHC is located at 205 E. Brazos St. To contact the clinic, call 902-729-3015.