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Local Docs Help Youth Home
Wednesday, 09 July 2014

July 9-- The first-ever “Co-Pay May” partnership campaign raised $21,321 for the Paul Anderson Youth Home (PAYH) through the generous support of the Vidalia community and Dr. Mark Spivey with Spivey Orthopedic Clinic and Optim Healthcare, Dr. Ronnie Smith, Dr. James Barber, Lee Arnold and Dustin Carter at Vidalia Medical Associates, and Dr. Geoffery Conner. The physicians donated a portion of every co-payment made in their offices on Tuesdays in the month of May, and Dr. Spivey matched the donations.

Image(L-R) Dr. Mark Spivey, Drew Read and Dr. Ronnie Smith.

The campaign provided an opportunity for the community to leverage payments for office visits to support PAYH’s transformational work. The home is an alternative to jail with a comprehensive approach that includes academic training in a SACS/ACSI accredited high school setting, and incorporates physical fitness, social awareness, work ethic development, and emotional and spiritual growth.

“We’re grateful for the ongoing support of our local community to partner with us to change lives and offer hope to these young men and their families,” says Matthew Hendley, PAYH director of advancement. “85 percent of our funding comes from the support of individuals, corporations, churches, foundations and events. Every dollar is significant in making it possible for each young man to attend PAYH.”

The Paul Anderson Youth Home is among the top 19 percent of nonprofits in the country, having received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator three of the past four years. Charity Navigator rates the financial health, accountability, transparency and efficiency of nonprofits by how well they sustain programs and services over time.

“There aren’t many places you can give to that have the eternal value a gift to the Paul Anderson Youth Home has,” said Dr. Spivey, the initiator of Co-Pay May. “The Home has been a staple in the Vidalia community for decades, we have complete confidence in its Christian leadership. We wanted to remind people that it needs community support to continue to thrive.”

Physicians interested in participating in similar future campaigns can call Matthew Hendley with PAYH at 912-537-7237. Individuals interested in supporting PAYH or additional ways to get involved can visit payh.org.

“We are committed to serving these young men, no matter the cost. If they are the lost generation, then the generation before them is responsible,” said Drew Read, COO of PAYH. “Partners like Dr. Mark Spivey, Dr. Ronnie Smith, Dr. James Barber, Lee Arnold and Dustin Carter and Dr. Geoffery Conner make the work that we do possible.”


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