frequently asked questions
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What communities does Community Empowerment serve?
Currently, Community Empowerment has an ongoing presence in Peralta, Dominican Republic, Jerusalem, Haiti, Bolivia and Liberia
What made Community Empowerment focus on these communities?
We decided to focus on these communities because of strong local relationships with mutual goals. It’s important to us to build sustainable, lasting relationships in the communities we serve, while serving a shared purpose: to shape their health care system so that our assistance is no longer needed.
Who is on your team?
Founded by Drs. Stephanie Crane, Jeffrey Freed and Soo Kwon Community Empowerment is made up of a core group of medical providers and artists, as well as hundreds of alumni.
How is Community Empowerment funded?
Community Empowerment is funded by a combination of private donations, grants, and funds raised through the Art for Health Benefit
Where is my donation going?
Ninety-nine percent of donations are used for direct services. That means your money supports direct patient care, program development, and the training of community members and local medical providers, as well as the logistics of our volunteer teams. Note that the majority of travel expenses are covered by the individual medical providers.
Is my donation tax-deductible?
Yes, Community Development is a registered 501(c)3
How can I get involved?
Thank you for your interest! To make an impact, consider donating to our cause. We guarantee that 99% of the donations are used for direct services. We’re also open to a variety of partnerships and collaborations. To see if we’re the best fit for each other, tell us a bit about yourself.
Can I volunteer?
Thank you for your interest! As an affiliate of the Rush Global Health Program, our volunteers are predominantly Rush Hospital medical providers. However, we’re always open to new partnerships and collaborations so feel free to send us a message.
What does the Art for Health Benefit have to do with Community Empowerment?
The Art for Health Benefit is an annual event hosted by the founders of Community Empowerment. It’s a night for our artists to share their work with the public to further raise awareness about the communities we serve. It’s also a great way for our supporters to meet our teams and donate to our cause.
When is the next Art for Health Benefit?
The next Art for Health Benefit is October 14, 2016 at Ignite Glass Studios, 401 N. Armour, Chicago
What do you do on your medical trips?
Trips can differ by focus and specialty – such as general medicine, orthopedic surgery, gynecological surgery or dental – but all serve to treat local patients. On average, the medical providers spend 8-12 hours in the clinic each day. If an artist is accompanying the trip, they explore their craft within the community.
How do you determine who gets treated?
We do not have any restrictions.
Do patients pay for your services?
Patients who are able, pay a small fee to be seen. The majority of medical services are free to these communities. Medications are provided at no charge.